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... canal the longest man made canal in the world, (1900km), hand dug by millions of people through forced labour some 15 hundred years ago it stretches all the way to Beijing.
At the end of the boat trip we walked over one of the many narrow bridges and then a long walk through the congested vibrant market. Lots of fresh food, really fresh, still alive.
We went back to Casa Zoe's for breakfast after moving from the Kempinski Hotel back to the Gran Park Hotel for work tomorrow. We then went to visit the Nanshan Temple, and walked around a market area, a bit like Confucius Temple area in Nanjing with small shops and stalls.
We then took a lovely boat trip down the Grand Canal (which we have been on in Hangzhou also), stopping off at a hand-made brick museum. Another lovely day.
... Xiangfu Temple; Ancient Gingko Square; the Grand Buddha; Brahma Palace (also called the Valican Palace); Flying Dragon Tower and the Five Mudra Mandala.
We got back to the Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni at 2.45 to watch the water ceremony where water sprouts out of the dragons mouths and the lotus leaf at the top opens to display a small Buddha who turns a complete circle. Fabulous! It was an amazing ...
... and after much debate on where to eat we ended up eating at a nearby Chinese restaurant which was really good! I had fried pork and duck with rice and it was delicious. Definitely worth a “Last meal status” plus the menu of the restaurant had some really funny bad menu translations… well I hope so because 'Crispy Jews ears” just doesn’t sound appealing to me. We finished off the night with an ice cream from a family mart just up the road from our ...
We took the High speed train today....wow its fast 300 km/hr! Visited the the Humble Administrator's Garden, covering about 12.85 acres in size, . Due to its unique designs and architecture. In 1513, Wang Xiancheng, an Imperial Envoy and poet of the Ming Dynasty created a garden on the site of the dilapidated Dahong Temple which had been burnt …