Zhenjiang Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Zhenjiang
Grand Canal Tour in China 5 –Zhenjiang Tour - Day 06 (02Sep, 2011)
On the morning of 02Sep, we got back to the entrance of the Tianning Temple in Changzhou to buy the some moon cakes – the vegetarian moon cake produced in this temple is very famous in China. The moon cake is the food always for the Mid-Autumn Festival in China …
... hotel, The Li River Retreat, is a 20 minute walk out of town, a small, family run place with lovely views over the river and mountains. It's owned and run by a very energetic Australian, Alf, who was a tour guide, then manager for years, in China, married a woman from Guilin, ran a restaurant in Yangshou first, then sold it and started up the hotel. Apparently, the people who make most money here are the landowners, many ...
We have noticed the amount of exposed electrical wiring in
the countryside as well as the cities and not a lot of evidence of the
underground wiring we are used to on the roads in NZ. Also on buildings under
repair and construction the fragile looking scaffolding that we did not think
would pass OSH here!
Arriving at Guilin again we went to another of the
inevitable 'show and sell', this time sea and fresh- water pearls, ...
... nose don't come, the sweet smell of urine follows you everywhere and it is quite common to see children doing both 1's and 2's in the street, train station or any where else the call of nature comes.
If you are sensitive to noise or crowds, don't come. With 1.3 billion people vying for attention people talk loudly, push hard to get somewhere and fill every given space ten times over.
If you cant hold your bladder, don't come. Squat toilets are fine ...
... to Yangzhou, which goes something like this:
Brilliant moonlight, orioles, flowers and pavilions of jade,
All attest to the past and present glories of Yangzhou.
Yangzhou, noted for its history and culture, is located in central Jiangsu Province in Southeast China (about 100kms from Nanjing), the convergent point between Yangtze River and the Great Canal of China. Yangzhou has more than 2500 years of history, and honored to be the UN's best habitat ...