Thursday was a heavy day for the Bears with a lot of sightseeing in Shanghai filling the docket before Friday night's final game. After breakfast at the hotel, the team went to the Yu Garden for a tour of the residential garden. Officially named the Yuyuan Garden, it was built during the Ming Dynasty by Emporer Jiajing as the private garden of Pan Yunduan, an administration commissioner. Unlike palace gardens you'll find in Northern China like the Forbidden City that the Bears visited on Tuesday, gardens in Southern China are typically residential ones.
The beautiful garden provided many opportunities for the Bears to take photos, beginning at the zip zag bridge all the way to the many shops and restaurants that have been built in the area. Our tour guide John informed the team that bridges in China were built in zig zags because it is believed that spirits can not turn left or right and that they can only move in straight lines.
After walking through the garden and shopping in the market, the team at a dim sum lunch at Din Tai Fing before visiting the Shanghai World Financial Center, home of the second-tallest building in the world at 1,614 feet. A short elevator ride to the 100th floor gave breathtaking views of Shanghai well above anything else anyone in travel party has seen, not including being in an airplane.