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... a full range of fresh vegetable and fruit produce and meats – both live and butchered.
Again, in the way of Asia, housewives buy meals each day and fresh cuts of meat, fish and poultry are laid out on tables in the open air for sale. Our Western standards of refrigeration do not apply and the local folks seem none the worse for this "appalling" lack of WHS and food standards !!
Back on the buses at 12 noon ...
... know is one of the more famous ones. It was great because it was so early in the morning that I had the place to myself and it still felt very real, rather than geared up for tourists - all kinds of farm animals wondering around the paths, the residents here sitting outside chatting or playing cards, and inside the tulous (you could wander in but not go upstairs) people were busy having breakfast, washing clothes, cleaning or sorting out the animals. So nice, peaceful ...
... to Gulangyu island where there is an incredible Piano museum with over 40 antique pianos from all over the world. This island has no cars allowed (only
oversized electric golf carts) and has the lovely Shuzhuang Garden with cherry blossoms in bloom. Oh yeah, we had our first rain and the weather is chilly. Warmed up on the ship in
the Polo Grill.
... number of pianos on it. There is an amazing piano museum, which I am sure Nick's father would love. I wasn't allowed to take photos, but it was a fantastic collection. There was even a corner piano. I imagine you would have to cross your hands over to play it. Continuing the musical theme, a chinaman living in Australia is determined to create the largest organ museum in the world. Again, the collection was amazing. The only thing lacking in both these museums, ironically, was music. ...
We had a full day on the South China Sea traveling north from Hong Kong to the heart of new China, first stop Xiamen.
It was a highly memorable journey as the South China seas were rocking and rolling, and the wind was howling. One staff member told us it was the roughest he had seen in his 6 months on the ship. We did okay until Gillian took an abs class, and found that rolling on the floor of a boat in rough seas is indeed ill advised. Fortunately ...