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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 ...
... pagodas, pavilions, and even some hot springs close to the top. We took a tram (a la Disney) from the metro to a spot close to Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum. Unfortunately it was closed for some unknown reason but it was still a beautiful building in a wooded area. There were pine trees and even some trees with fall foliage. It was a nice walk up to the mausoleum through the trees. We took a trolley back to what turned out to be a different ...
... 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!
... off) we also managed to get a glimpse at yet more massive infrastructure projects. The Chinese have basically figured out that building up rather than out is the best way forward, all we could think of is are we in 1970's Britain and how long until they pull them down! Literally everywhere you look from the train window there are massive mini cities of these tower blocks of people, all with their washing rails and outside air conditioning units perched ...