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Trip out of Shanghai today to Suzhou about 80 km from Shanghai. 36 degrees so thankful for the coach air con. Travelled along the industrial corridor linking the two cities which was interesting in its own right. Lots of high rise apartment blocks for the workers and factories galore. All very intensive and looking efficient. Sub - text here seemingly - "Be afraid the West, be very afraid!". Certainly as ...
... some part of China (not sure which one).
We made it back to our hotel around 730 for dinner (same as always) and some of us decided to go to the ping pong facilities and play for a while.
Five of us went and played for about an hour.
Looking forward to a bit of an early night.
Thanks for reading, Mom!
Enrique Iglesias- The Ping Pong Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqON44C LaQM
... gestures are pretty much the only way to communicate when no one speaks English. However, I learned to set my expectations pretty low that the photos were going to match the food we received. Ordering food is definitely one place the language barrier becomes more difficult (the other big one is finding a bathroom with a "western toilet" when you have to pee!).
Sidebar on Chinese bathrooms: toilets are a hole in the ground surrounded by flush to the ground porcelain. There ...
... beautiful, but hard to do. At the end of the day, we had allowed the Canadian and Chinese students to spend time talking and building relationships. The Chinese students were extremely receptive despite their fear of making mistakes while speaking English. I know that the students felt like celebrities as their students showered ours with gifts. This reaffirmed the reason for the trip and the priceless experience ...
... must have pegged me because instead of trying to sell me the regular pearls, I was asked if I'd like to see the more rare gold pearls. They were stunning, but at prices between $700 - $1,800 (Cdn) , out of my budget. However, I did help out one of my fellow passengers negotiate the price of a lovely pearl necklace, for which she was most grateful. From there we were taken to the teapot museum for a demonstration on how teapots are made using the blue sand from Kai Lake. ...