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Between 1405 and 1433, during the Ming era, Chinese Admiral Zheng He,
who was also the court eunuch, commanded seven expeditionary voyages as
far away as East Africa and Middle East. These expeditions, known in
Chinese history as the treasure voyages, consisted ...
... where we had to pause for pictures with a princess. Our last stop was on the way to the train station in the Confucius Temple area. There is a temple there but also an area set up like YuYuan here in Shanghai. The buildings are supposed to look old style and have shops and restaurants in them. The actual temple is along a little creek with boats for cruises. Across the water were 2 dragons in lights and all of the boats had lights ...
... drinking competitions amongst the young fathers, a
version of apple bobbing to try and get the young couples to kiss, and
trying to predict the baby's future by seeing which item he would grab
from a selection laid out on the floor. Good friends and happy times
have no cultural or language ...
... once we head west.
We found dinner around the corner where we were saved too much embarrassment with our lack of language. Amazing how one can get by with sign language.
Our days here have been spent largely with a cultural exchange with the Jingling University for Senior Citizens (equivalent of our U3A). This was the very part of the tour that Tom & I dreaded however participation was mandated and despite enduring a ...
... it's VERY different to the 5 hour train journey from London to Edinburgh that's for sure. Firstly, it's soooo loud from the people onboard talking. Loads of poorer, rural Chinese on these trains, standing up in circles chatting together (clearly not accustomed to the western style of train travel - be very quiet and make no noise at all!) Also on this train people spat on the floor which was pretty gross. In China it is not 'rude' to clear your throat and ...