First of all, sorry a muck up with the days. Day 1 was the flight (not much to report on) and day 2 was pearl tower, dumplings, etc.
Now to day 3… After a sluggish start, we finally left the motel at 10am and didn’t stop until 10:30pm. Today consisted of the big red hop on hop off bus, where we saw many beautiful and some not so sights. It was great to sit, watch, listen and get our bearings to this amazing city.
The architecture and history were one not to forget, especially driving through the Jin Jiang gardens , where we were yesterday. The bund river looked awesome from land, we can’t wait to see it by water.
Lunch consisted of Spag Bol and a lemonade at a western restaurant in the pedestrian mall.
Next we tried our hand at bartering again.. A much better result. The boys came away with many goodies consisting of more beats, watches, personalised shirts, hats, sunnies and Lego.. Miss Gallagher even managed a handbag..
The time came to get the train home to freshen up before we headed to the circus. Overall consensus “just a little bit better than the one in Bendigo last year, kidding, it was the best circus ever!!”
We all absolutely loved it!!!!
The motorbikes, aerobics, trampolines, push bikes, it was all fantastic. They are all soo strong!!
It’s now 10:30 and we are back at the motel ready for bed..
Such a busy day. Early start tomorrow for tai chi and sword fighting in people square..
Miss G, Kurt, Fras and James
One major thing to come from the day;
Pedestrian crossings and red lights must just be guidelines
What a great day!
After a 7 course breakfast we left to try our hand at the Metro. Thank goodness Juncai was there. After a few faulty cards we were on our way to the Pearl tower. It was awesome!!! We all had a go at standing/sitting/laying on the glass that was 273? metres high. It was scary!!
The Chinese locals were quite amused with us ‘aussies’. They kept asking us for photos.. We think Fraser was a favourite..
Next up was lunch at a dumpling restaurant. We had our own private room which helped with he lack of chopstick skills. Everyone loved the dumplings and even managed to eat some fried rice with chopsticks. Verdict was the chicken dumplings for the win.. After lunch we travelled the metro again to the Jin Jang gardens and onto the markets.. I think we may need a couple more days to master the bartering system. The boys walked away smiling very happy with their efforts..
Arrived back to he motel around 6, a short time to Skype the families before we head out again for dinner..
Until next time
Miss G, Kurt, Fras and JT
We arrived to our motel at 10:30 local time Last night.
After a good night sleep we are ready to go.. Breakfast was different to say the least. There was sushi, yams, pasta, bacon & eggs, dumplings, wedges, rice and the bread was really sweet/sugary.
Today we are sightseeing, going to the pearl tower, trying our luck at the market and have dumplings for lunch.
Until next time
Miss G, Fraser, ,kurtley and James
This morning we went to a local activity centre which had some amazing facilities. After the activity centre we visited a local school where we took part in table tennis and kung fu sessions. After the school visit we went to a local space for some tai chi and tonight we went to Time Square for a touch of shopping (the kids were a little disappointed because they couldn’t bargain!) .
Today we went to our sister school, where we did a range of different activities such as Chinese painting, exercise, fencing and making sticky puddings. The school is very different to ours in many ways. In the afternoon we went down the old streets beside the canals and the kids discovered the ice chocolates at Starbucks!! We had dinner at a local Chinese restaurant followed by some Chinese opera (it was so amazing we could all hardly keep our eyes open!).
After skyping assembly (Billy did wake up!), we travelled by bus from Shanghai to Suzhou. It was interesting to see the different infrastructure along the way. After we settled into our rooms we went to a lovely garden and then putted along the canal in boat. We had tea at a delicious Chinese restaurant and kids all tried different things …..there were even fish eyeballs consumed!
We have arrived in Suzhou!
Today we went to the planning museum and the circus. The planning museum had some cool stuff and circus was simply amazing! We were supposed to go to a temple in between but it was too wet. Tomorrow we are off to Suzhou. We are all having an absolute blast. Don’t stress if we aren’t in contact for a few days because we’re not sure how good the internet will be.
Today we visited the science and technology museum, shopped till we dropped (the kids had some lessons on how to bargain) and cruised along the river, taking in the spectacular light displays on the buildings. What another super day! Don’t forget to check out our photo gallery page.