Motel 168 (Nanjing Yangpixiang)
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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 ...
... where we had to pause for pictures with a princess. Our last stop was on the way to the train station in the Confucius Temple area. There is a temple there but also an area set up like YuYuan here in Shanghai. The buildings are supposed to look old style and have shops and restaurants in them. The actual temple is along a little creek with boats for cruises. Across the water were 2 dragons in lights and all of the boats had lights ...
... 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 ...
... once we head west.
We found dinner around the corner where we were saved too much embarrassment with our lack of language. Amazing how one can get by with sign language.
Our days here have been spent largely with a cultural exchange with the Jingling University for Senior Citizens (equivalent of our U3A). This was the very part of the tour that Tom & I dreaded however participation was mandated and despite enduring a ...
... off) we also managed to get a glimpse at yet more massive infrastructure projects. The Chinese have basically figured out that building up rather than out is the best way forward, all we could think of is are we in 1970's Britain and how long until they pull them down! Literally everywhere you look from the train window there are massive mini cities of these tower blocks of people, all with their washing rails and outside air conditioning units perched ...