Friday, June 27, 2008

Shanghai (Fri)

We finally got to the Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) "Faculty Club", which is their hotel for visitors, at about 2am. Suck.

Cool/weird bronze piece in the lobby. It's a urn with eight dragons, and eight little frogs with their mouths wide open ready to accept something from the dragons (like feeding baby birds?).

Neat model of the Minhang campus of SJTU. This place is *huge*.

Fancy room where they showed us a brief video on the history of SJTU.

Offices where the GT/SJTU ECE MS program are run out of.

After a good visit to SJTU, we were dropped back off at the hotel. And it was pouring. We hiked to some mall nearby to meet up with my cousin Lester, but we just got straight-out soaked (even with umbrellas).

We went to an all-you-can-eat sushi/hot-pot place.

Lester and I ate them out of uni... or at least they claimed to be out of it as we ate enough of this to more or less cover the cost of dinner.

Tuna and salmon.

"Kobe" beef and kimchi.

The hotpot... convenient for hiding unwanted food; since this is an all-you-can-eat place, you have to pay extra for any food that you order that you don't finish (that they don't find before handing you the bill...). Lester is a pro.

More sashimi, shrimp and uni. Oh yeah, it's also an all-you-can-drink place as well, so we went through plenty of beer and sake.

Some sort of grilled fish.

And then of course, it was off for foot massages.

The pre-foot-massage massage.

Nate enjoying himself. They gave us these pajama-type pants to wear, which were more comfortable than our still sort-of damp clothes.

Continuation of above picture.

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