We arrived at Nagoya International Airport an hour before check-in. We changed our clothes and relaxed a bit before lining up for check-in. In Japan, you can only check into an international flight 3 hours or less before departure time, but the time that check-in was supposed to open came and went. We waited in line to check into our flight for over three hours! Megan asked the airlines staff what was wrong and if the flight would be canceled. They reassured her that the plane was already at the airport, the flight would not be canceled, and it was bad weather in China.
Shanghai has a lot of amazing sounding museums, and as everyone knows, we love a good museum. We choose two of the remain museums to spend a few hours in each. Our first choice was Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.
We choose this museum because we were quite impressed with Shanghai as a city. It is well laid out, thoughtfully planned, and they are planning for more growth in the future. This museum displays the past, present and future of the city plan. We were quite impressed with the public transportation system in the city and how they plan to grow as this city of 24 million people continues to grow. Continue reading “More Museums, Old Street, and YuYuan Gardens in Shanghai “
Shanghai museum is known as one of the best museums in Asia. It is a huge collection of ancient Chinese art ranging from paintings, seals, jades, furniture and more. We spent most of an afternoon at the museum and greatly enjoyed it. It was well organized with many labels and signs in English.
West Lake is known for showing its visitors a look into what historic China would have looked like. There are multiple gardens to explore, pagodas lining the lake, tea houses, classic pavilions and shaded walk ways surround the lake. The lake is even surrounded by green rolling hills in the distance. It was quite beautiful scenery.
The Yellow Mountains of China, also known as Huangshan, is known for granite peaks and oddly shaped pine trees. It is a range of 70 peaks that are named for the Yellow Emperor, who loved the imaginative images they display on the sky. The mountains look like the Classical Chinese drawings with jagged cliffs and gnarled pine trees. Continue reading “Huangshan – Yellow Mountains “
We travelled up the coast from Guangdong to Fujian to see one of the unique architectural features of southern China, the Tulou. These ‘earth houses’ are large multi-family dwellings, like a condominium with a courtyard. The round Tulou are especially notable. During the Cold War, Americans seeing satellite images of the Tulou though they were missile silos or fallout shelters. Continue reading “Tulou Villages of Fujian “
We spent one day in Shenzhen, China. We did not take any tours but choose to relax a bit on this stop. Due to VISA requirements, we booked the China portion of our trip about 7 months ago when we didn’t really understand long term travel; we overbooked ourselves. We needed a day to relax and, frankly, to do laundry.