1.5 days in Chengdu

After our fun adventures in Inner Mongolia, Sanna and I bid farewell to our other friends and headed to the next step on our itinerary: Chengdu. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a province is known for its numbingly spicy food and Giant Pandas!

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Animal Encounters at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park

If there's one thing that gets me excited, it's ANIMALS. I love watching animals interact with each other - seeing them play, fight, eat, and sleep. I also love having unique animal interactions because it's a chance to get up and personal with a creature that I normally don't encounter in my every day life. So, one weekend, I recruited my friend Bonnie to check out the Shanghai Wild Animal Park with me.

Shengsi Island: Weekend Getaway from Shanghai

Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.