Day 23–Wed., Oct 19, 2011–Shanghai–Suzhou, People’s Republic of China

     Shanghai Welcome to Shanghai!  Today we had a Cruise Critic tour with Elisabeth to Suzhou.  There was traffic in the Shanghai tunnel (surprise, surprise) and it took about 2 hours to get to Suzhou.Shanghai

  They built this tunnel to alleviate traffic on the Bund.  Through traffic must use the tunnel.  Shanghai has extraordinary architecture.  The new buildings are right next to the old ones.

Our first stop was at the Hanshan Temple.  It was a Buddhist Temple.  Hanshan Temple  Hanshan Temple

     We then went to view the Water and Land Gates of old Suzhou.  There were some steps to get to the top of the bridge, but the view was worth it.

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We then had lunch at the Choyer Restaurant which tried to give us an International Buffet.  It was not good but at least they had a sit-down toilet.  It was right next to the Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory.  (Surprise, surprise!)  We saw again how silk was made, but they said this silk was better than Beijing’s silk.  We saw the Emperor’s Robe in the museum.  The work in the store was just beautiful.  I asked about kits, but they didn’t seem to understand.     IMG_0084

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It was then off to the classic Garden of Suzhou, the Master of Nets Garden which is a world heritage site.  It was very beautiful.  We had to go down a narrow alley to reach it.  The alley was loaded with vendors and I stopped to look at brushes on the way out.  The lady in the stall grabbed my arm so tight so I would buy it.  She lost the sale.

Classical Garden of Suzhou Classical Garden of Suzhou

The ride back to the ship was a little shorter, not as much traffic in town.  There was a local show at 7, so we at at the Canaletto Restaurant on the Lido deck.  The show was very good and I got some good videos.  There were 3 gals and 1 guy that did the changing face routine.  One gal did magic, but I missed the end for the video.

Shanghai International Acrobatic Show  Shanghai International Acrobatic Show

“A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vauer than yours.” ~ John Boynton Priestley

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