Saturday, October 26, 2002

Went on a trip to Zhouzhuang 'water village' in a minibus. Was heaven to get out of the city, see some open space and breathe some fresh air. Village was apparently made famous by a painting done of this (and this)double bridge. Here are some pics (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Almost bought a glass ball that had been painted from the inside ("Hello! Inside painting!") They had one of a globe (without the British Isles for some reason) but it was too big. They fetched me a smaller one which had the words "Europe" "Russia" "America" scrawled across it. I wanted one written in Chinese.
The guide took us to a tea room after we arrived back in Shanghai. They demonstrated how to make and taste Chinese tea. We tasted four different types, Jasmine tea was the most palatable. They tried to charge us silly prices for packets of the tea we’d tasted. I have surprised myself by enjoying the green tea they serve in restaurants. Started off hating it but now find it pretty refreshing.

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