Yu Yuan Garden & on to Huangshan

Trip Start Jul 22, 2011
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Trip End Aug 12, 2011


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Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai

Flag of China  , Anhui,
Monday, August 8, 2011

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Today is really a travel day. We are managing a visit to the Yu Yuan Garden before departing for the airport.

Ming meets us at the front of our hotel as we are ready to depart for the garden.    I snap a photo of the two of them that I really like as they say that they'll see each other in about a week or so in Miami.  It’s so great that Harvey has found someone who loves math and puzzles as much as he does.

By taxi, the garden is only a few minutes from our hotel, not far from where we ate dinner our first night with Ming.  We never found the garden when we were walking by ourselves so in finding this garden as in life in general, it is sometimes helpful to have a guide, coach or mentor.    This morning our guide, Aid, walks quickly through the corridors, explains some of the pavilion rooms and the garden areas.  She set a pace that made us feel that we didn’t have time to pause and feel the garden’s presence.  After we walked out of the garden into a shopping arcade, she said we had about 30 minutes to stroll here but that had zero interest to us.  So we ended up at the hotel having a cold drink and a cookie before our driver picked us up for the airport transfer.   I am not sure why we allowed ourselves to be whisked through the garden like that.  Maybe the general lesson is that even with a guide/coach/mentor it is important to listen to myself and if there is a divergence, speak up at the time and discuss my perspective.  I need to remind myself that with a guide/coach/mentor, don’t defer but take in their perspective and decide if it’s appropriate for me.  Always learning!

When we arrive in Tunxi/Huangshan Airport, we are greeted by Jessica, our China Highlights guide for the Huangshan segment of our trip.   Just a short 10 minutes from the airport is our hotel for the night, the Huangshan Golf Resort Hotel. We’re not golfers, but the standard of the hotel and its location made it a good choice for our one night while enroute to Huangshan Mountain.  Unfortunately, there is only one flight per day from Shanghai so with a late afternoon arrival we don’t have time to get on the mountain before the cable car closes.  Hence the overnight here.  Huangshan Mountain takes time to get to. 

We settle into our room and then go for a walk, finding a gazebo by the lake in front of the hotel.  It seems that we are the only westerners at the hotel.  Thank goodness for Harvey’s Mandarin as we make our way through ordering dinner.  We keep forgetting to ask our guides why every hotel room has had what appears to be gas masks in the closets.  I might have to ask on TripAdvisor when we get back home if we keep forgetting to ask here!

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