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We left sunny Shanghai and travelled along the freeway for a few hours to reach the ancient historical capital of Hangzhou, one of 8 capitals in China's history and the home of our sister school, No14 Hangzhou Middle School.
We arrived and were invited to join the senior students celebrate International Day in the school Gym. The students ...
... Mountain and was presented with a cup of Longjing tea. In front of the Hu Gong Temple were 18 tea bushes. Emperor Qianlong was so impressed by the Longjing tea produced here that he conferred these 18 tea bushes special imperial status. The trees are still living and the tea they produce is auctioned annually for more money per gram than gold.
True story! ( apparently)
Besides the spectacular views all around us as we were enveloped by the tea terraces, I ...
... plant. Here many workers sit on low stools with knife in hand and piles of mussels at their feet. They break the mussel open and throw it behind them, where another row of workers scrapes out the body of the mussel along with the pearls that have grown inside. This pearl-mussel “slop" is dumped into a machine that separates the 2,and the vat of pearls is then dumped into a huge vessel where the pearls are bagged and driven to the inside factory for further production.
Barely took any photos in Hangzhou as it ****** it down most of the time we were there but here are a few. Hangzhou isn't much of a wintery place really as most of the activities are based around the lake. We attempted to walk around it on my birthday but got soaked through so went to a silk museum instead. I told you it was three wet and wild girls let loose in China...We made up for the ****** weather by going for some real nice food at a restaurant called Grean Tea restaurant though. ...
... having had that kind of experience in Malaysia I feel I can deal with it. I will start that in July.
I also met an English girl at Chinesetown and she was friendly and we exchanged details. She has been here 7 months, she said there is a group of them who hang out and that she would invite me to go out for drinks with them. That sounds great! I am looking forward to starting the classes and getting to know others who are living here.