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Day 8: Consulate

Today we started the day at 8:30, which was a little bit later than we were used to. We started off with a quick briefing for the day as well as the following day. Preparing some more questions for the interviews was the first point on our agenda. When we were done, we headed to the subway to get to the Shanghai Tower. The Shanghai Tower is currently the second highest building in the world (632 metres). The weather for the day was supposed to be sunny, therefore perfect to go up the tower!

The fastest elevator in the world took us up with 18 meter per second. Up on the tower we were able to enjoy an amazing view all over Shanghai, it also made us realise that some towers that seemed high from below are actually rather small when you are on the highest building of Shanghai! We made lots of pictures and enjoyed the amazing view. After this visit, we had to get to the Bund in order to take a group picture for the university fund. Following that, we had 30 short minutes to grab lunch, before we had to go to our next stop, the consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

At the consulate, everything was suddenly in Dutch again and we felt a bit like at home. We got two presentations there. One by Bart van Hezewijk, who is responsible for science and technology, about innovation, and another presentation by Laurens Blistervels, who is the policy officer, which was more about what the consulate in general does. Following that we had a discussion about innovation in Shanghai with the two men who presented, as well as their intern Ivan Remijn and Anneke Adema, who is the Consul-General. We were able to ask all the questions that were on our mind. After this, we had an informal discussion about some general topics relating to China and in particular Shanghai. Overwhelmed with information, it was time to leave after about 2.5 hours.

The consulate recommended us to eat at a restaurant close by. This restaurant had an Islamic touch, but its dishes where also partly Chinese. While enjoying the dishes we noticed that a dancer dressed in typical Maroccan clothes went on stage to dance. She must have noticed that we liked her dancing, because shortly later she pulled a few from us on stage to dance together with her which we really enjoyed. After dinner, most of us where exhausted from the interesting day and happily went back to the hotel.

Day 8

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