[Mayfield Fellows:India+China] Last Hurrah in India, Hello Shanghai!

Well, our travels in India are complete, and I must say we went out with a bang. We traveled to the city of Agra to visit the famous Taj Mahal, which I can say is definitely an amazing experience. About 4.5 hrs outside of Delhi, it was a long ride into Agra. But walking through the gateway and getting the first glimpse of the Taj Mahal is something I’ll never forget. We had a great guide as well, who told us the romantic story of a king who built the Taj Mahal to satisfy the dying request of his beloved wife – an endeavor that took him 22 years to build. Walking throughout the grounds and into the tomb was a worthy experience, despite the 100+ degree heat.

After this trip, we headed to the airport and said goodbye to India, and Hello to China – first stop, Shanghai.

Yesterday was our first full day in the city. Despite the layer of fog/smog over the city, we still had a great day. We visited the famous Orient Pearl Tower that gives visitors great views of the central part of the city. We also enjoyed a boat cruise along the Huangpu River that runs through the city. Both experiences were great fun, although we all noticed the fact that the city is pretty dirty. The air quality is suspect and the river water was not anything you’d want to swim in… But we were amazed at how developed the city has become over the last 10 years as we compared pictures of the downtown skyline within the Orient Pearl Tower.

We had great timing as we were also able to attend the Berkeley Club of Shanhai’s alumni event at the beautiful Westin Hotel. We met up with our fellow classmates who are in Shanghai on IBD, ate delicious hors d’oeuvres, and networked with Berkeley alumni.

Today we are off on more adventures as we explore this huge city, and perhaps a visit to our IBD friends’ office! More to come later…

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