The next journey begins CHINA!!

The next journey begins CHINA!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 17



July 17
Yesterday we left Shanghai and traveled 





roads cluttered with trucks and the landscape changed into a sea of factories along with traditional looking Chinese homes, towns etc., We passed IKEA WALMART and other big stores where all our USA good come from.
We soon arrived to Zhou Zhaung- a water town that was very nice to visit but very crowded and touristy, Water gondolas, shops galore but a Ming dynasty home was open to visit, The entrance way was high indicating a high ranking family. Our Beijing  tv reporters followed us. Two 23 yd old young men, so pleasant and nice.  One oddity is the amount of people who want to take my picture. They consider my hair blonde and the curls are an oddity as well. They stare, point, take photos its hilarious.
Wee visited the famous tomb of the father of China Sun Tat-Sen who overthrew the last emperor of China, unfortunately it closed and we were not able to climb the hundreds of steps to the mausoleum.
Finally we arrived to Nanking city of 9 million and home of our guide Fa Fay. It was the capitol of China when the Japanese invaded killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.  However- like most cities- it is modern and very beautiful, pedestrian malls were open well past 10 pm on a week night. The Confucius temple was closed but we could see the outside.  A 600 year old wall (reminds me of an older one in Jerusalem) surrounds the city. Robin and I walked around until we gave in to the exhaustion of the day. Today we will visit the site of the massacre and meet with historians, and survivors

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