Nanjing Guorui Hotel (Guorui dajiudian)
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... of ships
of enormous dimensions carrying a crew as large as 28,000 and great
amounts of treasures. The purpose of the voyages were to project Chinese
power and wealth to the outside world, as well as to establish imperial
control over the maritime ...
... was. Cute spot done up like a bistro with a metal staircase. On the staircase they had the classic "caution; steps" sign. And in the bathroom a "say no to drugs" sign in the urinal. After lunch we took the bus to the 1912 District (the year the lady dynasty ended) a restaurant and shop area all in gray brick with outdoor seating. We went from there to Purple Mountain via the subway. Purple Mountain has hiking trails and ...
... 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 ...
... local regional style food which just kept coming. There were one or two dishes that I pretended didn't exist but there was really something for everyone. And the beer isn't too bad either - and I normally don't drink beer!
Our group of over 60 year olds is at least like minded - many are experienced travellers with many funny stories to tell. Of course the real test comes tomorrow morning when we have to be on the train to Wuhan by 7:38 am!
... Confucian Temple (nothing much to say about that to be honest...temples, weird smells, big male statues, Feng Shui etc etc) and then the Nanjing War Memorial remembering the massacre of 300,000 Chinese by the Japanese military before World War II in 1937. This museum was really really difficult for Lizzie and I and equally massively surprising. Basically the memorial was an underground building which was a walk through photos and descriptions of the killing of ...