大家好！I’m Yiwen, a sophomore studying management and finance at NYU Shanghai for the
semester. It’s been two weeks since move-in, and pretty much everything has been a complete blast.
Although I haven’t had that much time to explore (the classes here are pretty rigorous because it is an
actual portal campus), I’ve been to a few beautiful touristy places. My favorite so far has been Yu
Garden. It dates back to the Ming dynasty, and the old architecture differentiates it from the rest of the
modern Shanghai skyline. There are also some great 小吃 (snack) places right by the garden, where you
can get the famous 小笼包. This particular type of soup dumpling literally only has broth in its center so
it’s served with a straw.
I’m also really enjoying the local flavor of Shanghai. Although both the academic center and
dorm are the in the Pudong district, which is across the river from the cultural center of Puxi (where all
the really fun places are), there’s still a myriad of places to go. In the mornings when I have time before
class, I like to take the 5 minute walk behind the dorm to buy breakfast. There is an entire alley way
filled with stalls serving a variety of food, from fresh soymilk to fried onion pancakes and fruit. Not only
is everything delicious, but also the prices are insane. Most mornings I don’t spend more than ¥5, which
converts to a little less than a $1! Transportation here is also ridiculously inexpensive, metro fares never
go above ¥6 ($1). I don’t know how I’m going to survive back in NYC with all the inflated prices…