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Wuxi to Hangzhou: May 15

It Rained Today But We're Smiling Anyway

overcast -25 °C

The first stop this morning in Wuxi was the tour of the largest pearl exhibition in China at the Wuxi Yuan Run Ju Pearl Co. We were shown a fresh water oyster (triangular in shape) and then they opened it for us to show the pearls inside. The one we saw contained 27 pearls, not all of which were perfect enough for jewellery. The salt water oysters usually have one pearl. The rejects are ground to a fine powder for use in face creams.

The morning weather was a light drizzling rain but that was okay since we had a 3 1/2 hour drive by bus from Wuxi to Hangzhou. There was a small group that was complaining about too much Chinese food so there was a stop for lunch with choices of KFC or McDonalds. We were sad because we have really been enjoying the menu differences from each province.

Upon arriving in Hangzhou, there was no rain, only cloudy skies so we were dropped off at Lake Taihu, one of the five largest fresh water lakes in China. We started walking the path along the shore, but our leisurely stroll in the serene surroundings was rudely interrupted by strong winds and a sudden downpour. We dashed to a covered seating area nearby for protection. The sound of thunder caused some to return to the safety of the bus. When the rain stopped, the hearty souls continued along the lake path enjoying different views of the city and the beautiful tree-lined pathways. We then were treated with a boat cruise on Lake Taihu to see many other buildings and vantage points that we could not see by walking. Our restaurant that night was right at the lake.

The evening performance was another spectacular performance called Night of West Lake. The show was presented with dance and acrobatics.

Posted by jkroetsch 12:48 Archived in China

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