Author Archives: K.T. Craig

Shanghai Saturday!

We arrived back in Shanghai today. An absolutely full and exhausting day.

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It began with a tour of a tea plantation. We had green tea after a tea ceremony and enjoyed the beautiful hillsides where the tea grew…

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We also watched a man hand-drying tea…

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From there we hit a famous marketplace in Shanghai that had a garden attached to it…

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Lots of little stores with souvenirs…

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Friday in China…

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So much happening, it’s hard to keep track. Today, we toured a pearl factory.

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And then took a three hour bus ride to our current city. 8 million strong. We are staying in the heart of Hangzhou.

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Went for a cruise on beautiful West Lake!

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And later enjoyed a ‘show’ that was more a collaboration of random events..

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But ultimately a lot of fun.

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And later still… We were able to walk around downtown outside the hotel!

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Onward ho! Shanghai, here we come!

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Wuxi, China…

Just a few picks of our Thursday in China…

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The 88 metre Buddha...

This Buddha was stunning. It stands 88 metres high. Inside the base is a beautiful shrine filled with thousands of foot high Buddhas, a museum with different Buddhist statues and a souvenir shop.

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Wuxi (pronounced Wooshie) is another city of beautiful canals. The circle on the top of the building is a Starbucks sign. (-:

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Wuxi is a small city of only 3 million. In the downtown core there is a protected area of older houses that now serves as a shopping street. It’s beautiful… filled with lanterns, discos, restaurants and lights. With a canal running parallel behind one side. Between the houses were beautiful canal views, each worthy of its own picture…

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Friday! Today, a pearl factory and then a three hour bus drive to the next city…

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Hotel Garden – Pan Pacific Suzhou, China

The hotel gardens are beautiful…

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Complete with magnolia trees…

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… And a koi pond.

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