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... and continued on our walk before driving back to the hotel.
Back to the hotel for a short rest then eight of us went into town by taxi. Lots of buildings with decorative lighting, lots of neon lighting and massive televisions on the sides of buildings. We went into a large shopping complex, similar to large complexes at home but more modern and quirky displays. The only night I didn't have my camera on me.
Went to a village at Wuzhen in Hangzhou ( population of 8 million people). Our tour included a stop at a Batik workshop where you watched the creation of a batik design. China has learned quickly from U.S. Marketing. After the tour you exit into a gift shop! Having ...
... natural purification water way: a long thin water garden. The idea is that the water is purified as it passes through the plants. Bushes, small trees and flowers decorate the edge of the river and wooden bridges allow the visitor to pass from one side to another. The landscape is beautiful and seems to embody the classical refinement and delicate approach that characterised the relationship between nature and intellectuals in the old China. The ...
... got to see an original emperor gown (which the company bought back from an auction house in Japan - part of the spoils of the war) as well as a replica. The replica took 3 years to make. Wensli also provided the Chinese athletes at the Beijing Olympics their formal outfits, for the female dress (per dress) it took 12 sewers and 6 months to create. We then had the opportunity to visit the historic pedestrian street ...
... to the travel agency), has been providing us with western style (seems to mostly be Italian) meals with Chinese for dinner. I think it has been a good balance for the students. Today is the Moon festival day - a family day. Most have left the cities to return to their home towns. 'The Company' was kind to bring us moon cakes, which is the traditional food for the holiday. Much like ...