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David went off for the second of the optional tours to the White Emperor City. This one is quite famous for the number of poems that have been written about it by many famous poets several hundred years ago. Recent leaders (including Mao) also wrote poems that have been immortalised in stone here. To reach it required passing through the docking station (this time with the specialty being a large variety of dried fish for sale - the smell ...
... very very rich. We met with one of Jun’s old primary school friends who still lived in the area and we had a tour of the local mining grounds. Not only was it interesting but also it really showed me how far Anna’s father had come and what he had achieved in his life. It brought great perspective to how lucky Anna and I were.
We also toured the large lake in Wuhan and took in the sites of the city skyline.
The remainder of our ...
... The second day I hired a bike ( old men are not banned from hiring a bike here) and rode out to two other villages about 25km away - Sixi and Yancun. The owner of the hostel came with me on his bike for the ride. A nice ride and a chance to see the countryside a bit closer up. Lots of rice fields in the valley floors (quite high hills all around), tea plantations on the sides of some of the hills, and the usual vegetable crops - corn, beans, potatoes, peppers etc. Lots ...
Not a lot to say about Wuhan really. Another big city in China - home to about 5 million. It's on the Yangtze and its a BIG river here. Must be at least one km across, maybe more. Lots of river traffic. And quite a few BIG bridges. The Chinese certainly know how to build bridges. The Yellow Crane Park, and the Yellow Crane tower, is probably the main ...
... The locals often don't know what street they are in let alone the street you want. And can they read a map? No way. Since I have been here it has rained off and on - more on than off. Rainy season. Its not heavy but wet all the same. And it's hot so the humidity is high making it all a little uncomfortable. Hopefully it clears and I can see the city ( another one with 4-5 million people) before its time to head further ...