7.4.12 - 7.4.12 90 °F
We boarded the bus at 8:20 for our trip to old Shanghai and the Yuyuan Garden. Since it is our independence day, Frances, our superb tour guide, asked if we wanted to sing the national anthem. Off course we all did (except the two couples from the UK!) In turn Frances sang the
Chinese national anthem, which he did quite well.
After walking quickly through old Shanghai, we entered the Yuyuan Garden. It was quite elegant.
We then had about 45 minutes to wander in sweltering South Carolina like heat around the 400 year old renovated buildings with a definite Coney Island type atmosphere. The lower floors were converted to small and larger shops that most of which were inexpensive trinket type shops and fast food interspersed with some higher end shops.
We then headed to a silk embroidery museum that also has a very nice restaurant that we were seated for lunch. The works were absolutely amazing, some taking more than a year to make, and appearing to be almost three dimensional when viewed under the light. I was more impressed than I thought I was going to be with this. Prices range well into the single thousands of USD
After a quiet restful and cool lunch, we headed for our final stop on the tour, the Shanghai Museum. We have all been impressed with the quality of the museums that the State has built for its antiquities. As with most museums in the US, this museum had a large number of school children waiting to get in while participating in their summer camps. The museum houses some of China's finest antiquities.
3500 year old Bronze work
3000 year old jade work
Tonight is our 'farewell dinner' away from the hotel, and an acrobat show within the hotel. The sleep and head for the airport at 0615.
Happy Independence Day!