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Published: January 31st 2010
CHAPTER 21-LAST DAYS SHAOXING AREA-CHINA
On my final days in Shaoxing area I just explored couple of places and took a ride on one of the many double decker buses- nothing exciting, but my first since the 1970’s.
I also visited the statue dedicated to Da Yu. He was the guy who thousands of years ago tamed the swamps, rivers and floods. The sticky fertile soil was good for agriculture but hard to plough. He built canals and build up soil from the swamps, which lead to this areas development. There is a’plough and paddle’ monument to him in the city also.
The last area I found was a huge gate with a fake Draw-bridge over one of the canals. It leads into an old area which is about to be redeveloped into a new tourist area. It was interesting to see some of the older houses while they were still there.
So, time to leave, and while Shangyu was not as interesting as Shaoxing,the people there were good. It is still very cold here, so it will be good to get down to Vietnam and Laos for a quick warm holiday.
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