Today's visit of the old Shanghai Jiaotong University campus, which is in our neighborhood, convinced me though that there is also an undeniable upside to breakneck change. The entire campus underwent a major overhaul and both old and new buildings shine in new splendor. A completely new building was erected for the Institute of Oceanography, the law and the economics & management faculty. Despite most undergraduate students attending classes in the suburban campuses, the old campus is really worth a visit and one should be grateful for being able to use the facilities of this institution.
A good reason for a visit is the C.Y. Tung Maritime museum and the Jiaotong University museum. Plan 3-4 hours and learn about the universities history and the seafaring Chinese. You might end up wondering why Zheng He discovered the world before Columbus in 1421, but in the end it was not the Chinese who rules the oceans for the last 500 years.