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Published: April 4th 2019
Welcome to our Glories of China tour of 2019. The trip started off with a cancelled flight on Saturday night, arriving back home at 3am Sunday morning, back to airport for 3pm flight Sunday arvo. Into Hong Kong at 10pm and Cathay Pacific had arranged a brilliant hotel room, within the airport for the night. On our connecting flight to Shanghai at 7.30am Monday, arriving at 10am.
Our tour guide, Grace had arranged for us to be picked up and although we missed the first part of Day 1, we were taken straight to our lunch venue, a magnificent floating restaurant on the Huangpu River. Our tour group is made up of Aussie's from Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle and of course Brisbane. We have another local guide, whose name is also Grace, so we have Grace1 & Grace2. From lunch we hopped onto our coach and went to Jinmao Tower, which is famous for a very fast elevator, 88 floors in 45 seconds. A tour of the observation deck overlooking the greater Shanghai area. Another quick trip to the ground floor, and off to the Maglev Train, a bullet train from Shanghai City to Pudong airport in 7
minutes traveling at a top speed of 431 kph. I forget the distance but that's not the highlight, the speed is! Unbelievable! The return trip back to the city again reaching 431kph.
From here we were taken to the "Bund" area of Shanghai, the old financial district by the Huangpu River, used to be called the Wall Street of the East. Lovely old extravagant buildings which are beautifully lit when the sun sets. Dinner followed by a river cruise which showcased the absolute beauty of Shanghai. All the high rise buildings are lit with myriads of colour and moving images. We were glad to get to our hotel, which is inside the Shanghai Stadium. A very long day completed.
Day 2 - Today we started with a visit to Shanghai Silk Factory & Museum, what an insightful couple of hours, learning how silk is made from the beginning of the worm to magnificent silk fabric. From here to Shanghai Peoples Square and into Shanghai Museum. Now I'm not really a museum type of guy, but it was very interesting indeed. Following the museum, back on the coach and an hours drive to Water Town, a combination of old
and new on a canal. Old laneway's mixed with new restaurants make for interesting experience. A traditional dinner here before heading back to our hotel for a drink.
Our guide, Grace 1, had the group sing Happy Birthday to me, and had arranged cake and a small gift on our return to our room. Amazing Grace!
Day 3 - A relaxed start to the day, following breakfast we had a short 5 km stroll around the block! Many beautiful gardens with Cherry Blossom's in abundance, Poppy's of many stunning colours and beautiful manicured lawns. Meeting up with Grace and our group, we headed for the airport for a 2 hour flight to Guilin (Gwee-lin).
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