As you may have heard, there was an eclipse over Shanghai and much of East Asian last Wednesday. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the eclipse because it was going to be the longest of the 21st century. People had been planning trips outside of the city for better viewing and buying sunglasses to watch the eclipse weeks in advance. There was Super Bowl-esqe television coverage with pre and post game shows.
It was cloudy and rainy that day. The sun was not visible at all from Shanghai. However, the experience was still quite bizzare because it turned to night for six minutes at 9:30 in the morning. The Economist wrote an interesting article about how even an eclipse evokes a little fear in the Chinese government: The solar eclipse in China.
My friend from undergrad, Steven, came from South Korea for a short weekend trip. It was very nice to have an old friend around, and I really enjoyed comparing our experience in China and Korea. We went to a couple museums, ate frequently, talked about American politics and just strolled around for miles. He took a lot of pictures and sent me the highlights. Here they are for your viewing pleasure: Shanghai by Steven.