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Day 3 Suzhou

A beautiful garden and Silkworms

overcast 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.

Posted by acudoc 05:48 Archived in China Tagged china group luxury_travel organised Comments (1)

Shanghai Day Two

Another great day in China

overcast 25 °C

Met our group last evening and this morning started the day by walking on the famous Bund by the Huangpo river overlooking the Pudong side and its fantastic skyline. It is a public holiday being the Autumn Festival with all citizens getting 3 days off work. Huge crowds everywhere and we are often being asked to pose for photos with local families. Although Shanghai is unrecognisable from our last trip to China we love the skyline and multitude of fantastic architectural wonders. After the Bund we travelled to and from Pudong Airport on the Maglev train travelling at 430kph - a 7 minute trip each way. Everything is immaculately clean. We had a pleasant local lunch modified to Western tastes and then we travelled with the multitudes to the Yu Gardens and then elbowed our way through millions in the Yu Yuan markets. We spent an hour here looking at the maze of shops art galleries and Restaurants and then returned to our comfortable hotel The Westin Bund. After several hours rest - it is quite humid although temperature is in the mid 20's - we all were taken to another local restaurant and then to the wonderful amazing Shanghai Acrobats. The show which featured contortionistes, jugglers, acrobats finished with an extraordinary 8 motorcycles racing around an enclosed sphere then back to the hotel for the night.Pudong Skyline with Celina

Pudong Skyline with Celina

The Bund Shanghai

The Bund Shanghai

A lot of bull on the Bund

A lot of bull on the Bund

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