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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 ...
... stringed instruments whose names are not in my vocabulary. They were very well organised with interpreters, tutors and resources and gifts.
Our guide/ interpreter filled in the remainder of our days with a visit to a treasure ship replica in a park. The original ship was used by Zheng He for seven voyages to Muslim countries including Africa. The park was good too. But better was our stroll through a small market and watching all the locals ...
... it's VERY different to the 5 hour train journey from London to Edinburgh that's for sure. Firstly, it's soooo loud from the people onboard talking. Loads of poorer, rural Chinese on these trains, standing up in circles chatting together (clearly not accustomed to the western style of train travel - be very quiet and make no noise at all!) Also on this train people spat on the floor which was pretty gross. In China it is not 'rude' to clear your throat and ...