Mind your manners the article stated for your trip to Expo.
This text message was sent to people entering the Expo explaining the six”nos” of the Expo: no cutting in lines, no littering, no smoking, so swearing, no vandalism, and no scrambling for free gifts.
Here are some of the pictures that Connie and Lorie took.
The Expo in China is really a big deal as this is the first time an Expo is being held in a developing country. They hope to have over 400,000 people daily to visit over 150 pavilions from different countries. So, huge lines were expected to enter the pavilions with the longest line taking 9 hours to get into the Saudi Arabia Pavilion. The newspaper articles said to expect to visit 5 pavilions so we were more than happy after we visited 10 in one day.
You can see that all the paviolins were very different and each unique to their country.
Zhouzhuang concentrates the beauty of China’s water townships. Small bridges over running streams, black roofs above white walls, crisscrossing water lanes, fragrant flowers, and gondola like boats. A dream come true, and only a 90 minute drive from Shanghai.
The pictures say it all.
“Up in Heaven is paradise, down on earth is Hangzhou ( a city with a lake and beautiful scenery), and in between is Zhouzhuang.” This popular saying reveals the unique charm of the place.
Tomorrow morning we fly back to Beijing for our last day together
Connie and Lorie were dancing up a storm in the crowd
Then on to the Bund to see the famous Shanghai skyline. The tall building is the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Yes, Mark really did come to Shanghai with us.
We crossed under the river to see the sites on the Pudong side.
Up to the top of the Jinmao Tower (88th floor) to see the view of the city. I am standing by the model of the cool building.
We had a late lunch at McDonald’s so Connie and Lorie could experience the Chinese version of a hamburger which they enjoyed. Still not full we ate an early dinner at the city’s most famous dumplings restaurant.
Ready for a new experience, you suck the hot crab roe soup up a straw out of the noodle. Mark has waited 4 years to try this dish since we didn’t get a chance last time. He was not disappointed.
After all that food we decided a walk in the Shanghai Longtangs would help with the digestion of the delicious meal.
In Beijing they’re called hutongs (we rode around in the rickshaws), but here the tightly packed alleyways are called longtangs. The buildings are taller, with 2 or 3 stories. It was absolutely amazing to see how narrow the streets are between the buildings.
Mark and I found a treasure which was painted by the man in the black and white shirt.
Mark found the painting while we were watching this little girl practice her instrument across the street.
Totally fascinating to watch her practice on the street amongst all the poeple, cars, bikes, scooters.
I just loved, loved walking down the narrow little streets.
Then off to the Bund to sit for an hour and watch the lights of the city brighten the darkening sky.
Another stupendous day of traveling, and great weather. Each day I remind my friends how fortunate we have been with the weather. Suppose to be nice again tomorrow and then rain for the next 5 days after we leave.
When we were ready to leave the subway line was closed? so we were able to experience a ride in a Shanghai taxi. We are all getting used to being wild and carefree in the backseat without our seat belts!!!!
Tomorrow morning we actually have some free time as we are going on a planned tour in the afternoon to Zhou Zhuang a picturesque old water village to have a ride in the gondola like boat.
We just got back to the hotel after being gone for 13 hours to the World Expo so we are tired.
I just can’t get over how lucky we have been on the whole trip and today was another great example. The weather was perfect for being outside all day and standing in long lines. Cloudy, with a temp around 80 so no complaints from us.
We were told to expect to tour 5 pavilions as we might have to wait in lines for over 2 hours to enter the pavilions. I am proud to say that we toured 10 countries and our longest wait was to enter Thailand and that was only a 45 minute wait.
We saved the best to last when we saw the US. pavilion. We also really liked Thailand and thought Canada had the best souvenirs. (Or at-least I thought it did)
so just a few pics before I go to bed.
We all loved it and wish we could spend a few more days touring all the countries. The crowds were so much smaller than we were expecting.