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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 ...
... stringed instruments whose names are not in my vocabulary. They were very well organised with interpreters, tutors and resources and gifts.
Our guide/ interpreter filled in the remainder of our days with a visit to a treasure ship replica in a park. The original ship was used by Zheng He for seven voyages to Muslim countries including Africa. The park was good too. But better was our stroll through a small market and watching all the locals ...
... that even the reasonably educated and certainly intelligent people in China can still be ignorant. The local guide shared his sentiments with us also in addition to Feng our tour guide. We kept our mouths closed and minds open! Finally we have booked our next onward journey which is Taiwan - see attached our proposed map which includes having to rent a car in Taipei. We now move on to Shanghai via Suzhou for the final parts of our tour - we have both really enjoyed ...