Friday morning, we left Hangzhou and traveled about 3 hours by bus to Shanghai. The view coming into the city was gorgeous. As we were driving in, we were on a fairly high up expressway and therefore could see the Huangpu River and beyond to the vast Shanghai skyline. We could also see a bunch of buildings from the Expo that we will be visiting on Saturday. We saw the pavilions of Japan and China right away and the UFO shaped stadium. It got me excited to visit but not so excited for the long waiting lines. You could also tell right away how huge this city truly is. With a population of 20 million people, it is China's largest city. After being here for 9 hours and a little interaction with some locals, I've noticed that a lot more people speak English than any other city we've visited on this trip. I think this is due to the fact that the more English speaking foreigners travel to this city more often and also the fact (and probably the biggest reason) that the Expo is hosted here. With five hundred thousand people daily there, it is the best time to hone in on one's English speaking abilities.
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