A beautiful garden and Silkworms
13.09.2011 - 13.09.2011 28 °C
Today has been another terrific day in China.
We started off early in the morning and drove two hours through the outskirts of Shanghai with surprising blue skies for moments at a time. Eventually we got to Suzhou - a city of a mere 10 million and toured the beautiful Humble Administrators Garden with its pools of Lotus and Centuries old pavilions. Its hotter today and still humid but there was shade and we enjoyed our visit. Then to a silk factory where we were shown the entire silk making process and then were given the opportunity to shop. We bought a silk doona cover and matching pillow cases and Mum bought a beautiful jacket at a 1/4 of the price you might pay in Shanghai!
Then we arrived at this terrific hotel. Our local guide jessica and Tour leader Danielle have made this part of our journey truly memorable and tomorrow we do more silk factories then take an afternoon flight from Shanghai to Yichang to connect with our 4 night cruise. Last night we saw the fantastic Shanghai Acrobats and we will see the Kung Fu spectacular in Beijing as well as the 3rd of the must see shows the Tang Dynasty show in Xi An.
Dodging through the traffic here is very exciting particularly in this city where most people travel by cycle or electric scooters which you cannot hear. At the moment we can hear constant honking horns and the multitudes. late this afternoon we walked through the Suzhou Park and saw musicians practising with Chinese instruments and others singing and doing Tai Chi as we strolled through the garden.