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Published: November 10th 2008
on the Bund with the telecommunications tower in the back; tower is placed for good feng shui
Our plane was late so we arrived very late to the hotel last night and we just crashed, which is why I didn't send the Wuhan link till today.
Today, we first visited the waterfront in old Shanghai, called the Bund. Very touristy. Shanghai, unlike our other destinations in China, is a relatively new city, only about 200 years of history as Shanghai, obviously more as a couple of smaller villages. Shanghai has become the financial center of China so it's like the New York of China. It has 18 million people, the second largest city in China, after Chongqing with 32 million, and Beijing is 3rd with 15 million. It's hard to imagine that Atlanta, with almost 5 million people would be considered a village in China.
Mostly today we spent shopping, and shopping and more shopping. We got some good buys and I bought myself a pearl and jade necklace while Ernest bought me a coral necklace.
We did go to the Shanghai Museum which is a great museum. I could've spent a day there. There were great exhibits on the bronze artifacts of the Shang and Zhou period, around 2000-1500 BC.
this group traveled together the whole 2 weeks
Afterwards we visited a home built 400 years ago by a wealthy government official for his parents. The home had several gardens and pathways so it was a pleasant visit. It included a 400 Gingko Biloba tree.
Then we had our final dinner with the other 6 people that have been traveling with us since Beijing. They were great to travel with and made our trip much more enjoyable. This has been a highlight of my life so far and I'm so amazed and awed by the things I seen. I hope I can make it back one day to see some of the rest of all the country has to offer.
We fly home Tuesday. Thanks for sharing our journey with us. For those who have never been to China, I hope you enjoyed seeing the sights through our eyes. For those who have been before, I hope some of these pictures brought back good memories.
Until the next trip.........
Melinda and Ernest
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