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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 ...
... 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 ...
... naked bound women and scenes of the most terrible brutality was difficult. Now let me put this in context. When we go to any war museum or memorial we expect a detailed description of what has happened, remembrance and detail of the events, vilification of the enemy with their contrite acknowledgement of the events by previous leaders and possibly a dose of respect and reflection mixed into it all. It is mature and balanced. Undoubtedly the Japanese perpetrated ...