Touring Nanjing - Thursday & Friday
We toured the Dr. Sun Yet Sen Mausoleum. A brief description of the
Mausoleum can be found at: http://web3.asia1.com.sg/tnp/journey/travel/echina/ecnjsun.html
I climbed the 398 steps to the top, but Ginger opted to stay at the bottom
with Amanda and another mother and baby. It would have been easy if we
could have switched off carrying Amanda, but she still would not let me
hold her. One young girl, perhaps six or seven years old, kept staring
at me as I toured the Mausoleum. She had obviously never seen a westerner
in the flesh before. I waved at her and she hid behind her father.
Her father, noticing what was going on, talked to her for a moment, then
she offered a shy wave back. While waiting, Ginger and her crew drew many
stares from the Chinese and a few would come up to here and ask if Amanda
was a girl. One person even took their picture. There are several small
shops on walk way near the Mausoleum. I found the prawn crackers
that Amanda loved at one of these. The large shop at the base of the hill
at the Mausoleum had silk pajamas, and pearl necklaces at good prices.
then had a traditional Chinese lunch (40 yuan). After lunch, Ginger, Amanda
and I broke away from the group and bought some film. Kodak film was available
nearly every where, but the label on the package was all in Chinese, even
the number of exposures and the film speed. Fortunately, we had some
paper and a pen to write with. We then to the Ming Tombs. More information
about the tombs can be found at: http://web3.asia1.com.sg/tnp/journey/travel/echina/ecnjtomb.html
There was also a shopping stop by the soccer stadium. They had
lots of silk pajamas, embroidery, carvings, and "Rolex" watches.
Our doctor friend bought a very nice figurine here. I am sure that it was
intended to be a "medical doll", a naked figure of a woman used by a modest
patient to show the doctor where it hurt. The store clerks had never heard
of such a thing, however. Several places had the local specialty product,
"Rain Flower Pebbles". When dry, these agate stones are whitish and rather
plain, but when wetted, they show a wide variety of colorful stripes and
patterns. Ginger saw a set of stones in a box shaped like a butterfly at
our hotel. She very much regrets not buying them. That evening we received
a fax from our agency in the U.S. saying that they were asking the Beijing
office to do what it could to get us to Guangzhou earlier.
Friday we went to the Yangzi Bridge. It was quite foggy and we could
only see out to the third pylon of the bridge. In the lobby, there
was a huge statue of Mao. At the top of the bridge there is an observation
deck and a gift shop. Although the shop was small, we found several interesting
items there including a great picture book of Nanjing and paper cut book
marks at very reasonable prices. There was an armed military guard at the
bridge and I made the mistake of taking a picture. He shook his rifle at
me and made it clear that I was not to do that again.
A picture and a description of the bridge is at: http://web3.asia1.com.sg/tnp/journey/travel/echina/ecnjyang.html
Our guides told us that due to the worsening weather, that we would
leave for Guangzhou on Saturday, if everyone was willing to pay an additional
$90.00 U.S. per couple. Everyone in the group was relieved at this
news. Dinner was pizza ordered from the same restaurant that we had eaten
in a couple of days before. We opened all the room doors, sat on the floor
in the hall and had a party!
After dinner we started to pack our bags for the flight the next day.
We unloaded a bunch of stuff, clothes that were the wrong size, the now
empty Polaroid camera, extra diapers, some snacks.