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2023 - China (Part 1 - Hong Kong, Shanghai & Suzhou)

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Thursday 13 July to Monday 17 July

These four days were spent in Hong Kong visiting family and meeting the granddaugther for the first time. We went swimming in the hotel pool and she absolutely loved it.

We did not really do much sightseeing as it was very hot and we actually had a category 8 typhoon warning. This caused a bit if chaos around the city as all the buses are stopped, no trams, flights get messed around with and businesses closing.

Dinner was various places, Causeway Bay shopping mall, in a small place in an alley way off Jordan, across from the hotel once the swimming was finished. All good.

We did have some issues with the flight to Shanghai on the 17th and it got changed to Pudong rather than Hongqiao airports.

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Hung in Hong Kong

Tuesday 18 July

After breakafast at the hotel we were collected by Hung's niece and family and we went to the city of Suzhou, about 90 minutes drive away from Shanghai.

We stopped at the Chongyuan Temple. This was originally built in the 6th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since, most recently during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. It was rebuilt yet again, opening in 2007.

It was very hot wandering around the temple but there are lots of trees to shade yourself under.

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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A timeless view at Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

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Chongyuan Temple

From there we stopped in the historical old town of Luzhi. This is one of the many canal or water towns in this region of China. It is now a suburb of Suzhou and is mostly tourist shops selling touristy stuff. Quite scenic though. Still very hot although sitting with a coffee next to the canal is peaceful (quite a rare thing in China).

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Boats on the canals

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Canals

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Canals in Luzhi

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Canals

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Canals

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Temple decorations

From there back home for dinner. Awaiting for me was:

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A litre of beer!!

Wednesday 19 July to Friday 21 July

These two days were wet and thus spent in Shanghai, especially the old part of town, the museum and the suburb of Qi Bao where we had dinner with friends.

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Sun Yat Sen's house

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Inside the Shanghai Museum

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Wukang Mansion

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Restaurant in Qi Bao

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Restaurant in Qi Bao

Friday was a lazy day as we had to catch our overnight train to Guilin.

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