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... and continued on our walk before driving back to the hotel.
Back to the hotel for a short rest then eight of us went into town by taxi. Lots of buildings with decorative lighting, lots of neon lighting and massive televisions on the sides of buildings. We went into a large shopping complex, similar to large complexes at home but more modern and quirky displays. The only night I didn't have my camera on me.
... which in itself felt like a small victory given the options. We settled in, unpacking most of our things as we were going to stay in Shanghai for 4 nights and eventually headed out to a Japanese-owned Italian restaurant chain. It seemed to be the most affordable option in central Shanghai where we stayed, and if we’re being honest, everyone was craving something that wasn’t Chinese. It was absolutely divine to have some pasta, pizza ...
Went to a village at Wuzhen in Hangzhou ( population of 8 million people). Our tour included a stop at a Batik workshop where you watched the creation of a batik design. China has learned quickly from U.S. Marketing. After the tour you exit into a gift shop! Having ...
... behind them intricate different paths that don't always work well together. These thoughts push me to think about our society and our contradictions which are difficult to catch since I am submerged in them. As one of my old anthropology professors said in one of his brilliant book ("Noi primitivi" - Francesco Remotti) we need to do a "giro lungo" (long tour) meeting different cultures, going far away from our house to better understand ourself.
Our final day in 'mainland China'. A slower pace today. We started with a guided tour of the Wensli Silk Company who also own Mark Rozier (Paris fashion icon). The tour was mostly about the history of silk in China as well as the different uses. The Vaughan's thought we were seeing a factory floor in action but this turned out not to be the case. Lost in translation. The artwork created using silk was just beautiful. ...