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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 ...
... to Xuanwu Lake and part of the old city wall. Xuanwu Lake Park has plenty of gardens and pavilions scattered along its perimeter as well as a few food stands and places to rent duck boats. We just walked part of the lake and admired the city wall before going in search of lunch. We ended up at Pissa Pizza, a little Italian place. I forgot how much cheaper food usually is outside of Shanghai! They had decent pizza and a great salad. ...
... 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 ...
... There has been some disagreement about the particular atrocities and events that occurred and to be honest we don't feel informed enough to know how much of different sides current positions are accurate. What is certainly correct is Japan was guilty, signed the peace treaty and accepted at court the crimes against them and their Generals. People were put to death and imprisoned as a result. However in recent times the Japanese have allegedly claimed many ...