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Leaping Forwards with the “Digital” Spirit of Shanghai

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa2 Comments

Shanghai is a city that seamlessly combines the east and the west, the modern with the traditional. There are buildings that look as though they were taken from the future and editions of sports cars parked alongside the road that haven’t been released yet in many countries, yet there are also groups of old ladies dancing “guang-chang wu” (courtyard dance) …

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The Soul in Shanghai’s Labyrinth

In The Art of Travel, 4. The Spirit of Place, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

“The great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not too much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly—but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling, that mysterious sense of rapport, of identity with the ground”—Lawrence Durrell, “Landscape and Character”. I can not tell you the …

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“Lost” in Shanghai

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Yuka Niwa

To feel “lost” and foreign in a city that should feel familiar is a rather peculiar sensation. I had previously been to Shanghai a couple of times, with my shortest stay being an airport layover and my longest stay a week-long vacation. However, for some strange reason, geographically, none of the famous sights or structures seemed to stay in my …

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Swept Up in a Sea of People

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Irina

I do my best to construct a mental image of each city I live in. Some take longer than others but all eventually form through time, exploring, and Google Maps. In New York, the subway teaches you to recognize Uptown from Downtown and Astoria-Ditmars Blvd from Coney Island Stillwell Av. It probably was not until mid-way through freshman year at …

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Finding Myself in the Chaotic Crossroads of Pudong

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Brooke

“A good environmental image gives its possessor an important sense of emotional security… this is the obverse of the fear that comes with disorientation” (Kevin Lynch). The past few weeks, navigating my way through Shanghai, have proven that my emotional security and my environmental image are very much entwined. There have been many moments where my Google map has failed …

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Cityscape XP: Next Level

In The Art of Travel, 3. Getting oriented, Shanghai by Rachel

I have spent very little time alone outside of NYU since I arrived in Shanghai. From the moment my flight landed in Pudong International Airport, I had maybe ten minutes of solitary freaking out because I didn’t know the address to the NYU dorm, had no wifi, and no cash. I then met a portal NYU Shanghai student who let …

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Thank you, little girl

In The Art of Travel, 2. Communicating, Shanghai by Rachel

Briefly tutored by a Chinese-American friend, I knew approximately two Chinese phrases before arriving in Shanghai: xiè xiè, meaning ‘thank you,’ and xiǎo mèi, which roughly means ‘little girl.’ Whenever I’d do something stupid, my friends would shake their heads at me while calling me xiǎo mèi. Somehow, it never crossed my mind that getting around in Shanghai with only …

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Finding Comfort (Or Lack Thereof)

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Brooke

After studying abroad last semester and seamlessly transitioning into Czech society, I personally believed I would never experience ‘culture shock’. However, the bank teller who saw me break down into tears two days ago can attest that I had, yet again, jumped to a false conclusion. The days leading up to my bank break down had been inundated with miscommunication, …

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Sleepless in Shanghai

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Rachel

The first time I studied abroad, I fell in love with a city through the eyes of someone else. Before I began dating a boy from a different program who had already been in Prague for almost a year, my perspective of Prague was only what NYU had shown me: Old Town Square’s bustling, con-artist-like resemblance to Times Square, the …

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Revisiting the Familiar

In The Art of Travel, 1. Introductions, Shanghai by Irina

Returning to study at NYU Shanghai for a second time is like going back in time and refreshing the mind, allowing certain memories that might otherwise be left forgotten and buried under the heaps of junk stored in our brains resurface once more. When one returns home from a trip, it is easy to recall the highlights and adventures, often …

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Wild Swans

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Books (2) by Kayla Olivas

Wild Swans written by Jung Chang, is a novel that tells the life stories of three generations of women. It touches on many different aspects of their lives ranging from struggles they face while living during the Cultural Revolution to issues within their family. The themes of family and male chauvinism were very prominent throughout the novel and, from what …