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Friday, July 21, 2006

Suzhou Nocturne


We took a bus trip to Suzhou 蘇州. As we joined a tour for mainly Chinese people, the tour guide hardly understood English. Suzhou was supposed be a beautiful city like the Japanese song "蘇州夜曲 Suzhou Nocturne." However, all the historic sites in the town were full of tourists, ourselves included though, and the tourists were led by tour guides who were shouting over the loudspeaker all the time.

Luckily, we were not the only gaijins in the tour. There was a French couple from Paris and they shared the same language trouble with us. So we became friends and I could practice my French during the trip. I didn't pick up any Chinese during my stay in China, but I think my French might have improved a bit.
Elle est belle!
Maybe this is the only place that can be recommended in my opinion. This place is called the Tiger Hill 虎丘. There's a tower which is slightly leaning just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The entrance fee for the hill is a little bit expensive, but perhaps that's why this place is more quiet than the other tourist sites.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Bund and a ski trip

Next morning, we took a ferry to get to the Bund 外灘. It took only 15 minutes, but it was a cool and fun ride. You see the old (the Bund) and new (Pudong) faces of Shanghai at the same moment.
Then we walked along Nanjing rd for shopping. A lady was buying some pork. The pork looked delicious, but it was stinky!




In the afternoon, my friend's co-workers took us to an indoor ski slope. It was interesting indeed, i mean, as an experience, but to be honest, it wasn't so exciting. Rental wears were old and dirty (actually these were second-hand from Japan). The floor was wet and dirty, too. The slope was almost level and most of the people there were beginners. Maybe going snowboarding in Shanghai wasn't a smart idea in the first place.





Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Shanghai Night


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Originally uploaded by lc569120.
Welcome to my blog! This is my travel journal and photo album.

Ok, here's my first entry. I stayed in Shanghai for 4 nights. This is an awesome view from my friend's residence in Pudong, Shanghai's fastest developing area. What a wonderful location! You can see Jin Mao 金茂 tower on the right and the Oriental Pearl Tower 東方明珠塔on the left.

More photos are on their way...