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Very polluted today, although the sun is trying to break through, and at least the rain has stopped.
We decided to get the ferry across the Yangtze and visit Hubuxiang Food Street for noodles again, and then try and get to the Baolong Temple.
However, our plans changed when we discovered the temple close to the Holiday Inn, the Temple to Lord Lu, which turned out ...
We got up and took a taxi to Guiyuan Temple, which was enormous. We thought at first that the main temple was being renovatd but then found other areas on the site. There is a tradition that you enter the Temple of Arhats (small models of Buddhas) where there are over 500 Buddhas and you start counting from wherever you entr until you get to your birth year. You then make a note of the number and they print off your horoscope on a little gold ...
Will and I got the 0905 train to Wuhan, Hubai Province, another old concession port on the Yantgtze River, arriving in Hankou at 12.18, and got a taxi to the Holiday Inn Riverside.
We checked in and then got a taxi to the Memorial Hall of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911 Revolution where Sun Yat Sen had his headquarters and took over Wenchang. It was interesting to see the building and linked in with the museum we ...
... us a little longer than she thought and our bus had already left. It took several minutes before she could get us on to another. After breakfast Sonja had a sleep on the boat. When David returned the boat departed and started through the first gorge. This was the shortest and had some steep mountains. Lots of photos taken! About 40 minutes later we entered the Second Gorge. This was a bit more spectacular and the Chinese guide spoke ...
... and I met her other grandfather who has aged very well. We enjoyed good food (as always) and Anna’s aunt bought us gifts, which were traditional Tibetan necklaces that her husband had brought all the way from Tibet following his recent motorcycle adventure there. They came in male and female form and I donned mine politely, although Anna’s parents understood that I wasn’t going to make a habit of wearing it.
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