Wanhe Yalong International Hotel Shanghai
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... year they have ran this course and that's fine, but i would like to do a bit of acting while i'm away! We'll see what i can get involved in. William, the teacher, has excellent english and can talk very in depth about theatre and the school it'self which is good, but cannot and will not answer any other questions. His answers to questions that don't concern him are something along the lines of 'i'm a professor, not a ...
... silk dresses unfortunately though we have no concept of exchange rates so probably best to refrain from any kind of shopping. We can't figure out the currency conversion so Sam with his grand technological knowledge pulls out his smartphone to find when he switches it on there is nothing that resembles a Vodafone network. I set out to find an exchange booth the man behind the counter was very nice and spoke excellent English although when I asked ...
And now day 2..
Up at 5:45am..on the bus by 6:45, 1 hr to high speed train then 300kph to Hangzhou..35 minutes..there we visited the West Lake, Chinese lunch then the Lingyin Temple then bus, train, bus back to the Queen by 8:15 pm, quick change, dinner then crash...whew..
I don't think the Admiral has much interest in going back to Mainland China for awhile..LOL ...
... and in the old days those highest on the pecking order sat closest to the entrance. Looking across the river to Purdong and seeing the tall modern skyscrapers and towers it is hard to imagine that 20 years ago it was a swamp, and that this financial centre of China is only 15 years old. On the Bund side all the old areas are being demolished a block at a time and new buildings being put up. It's quite sad to see all the scruffy old ...
... that station, so we didn't get hopelessly lost on the subway.) We made our way to Yu Garden (or Yu Yuan), first built in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort to his father, Minister Pan En, in his old age. Over the years, the garden was damaged several times. It was repaired by the Shanghai government and opened to the public in 1961. The name of the garden translates to Garden of Happiness.
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