China: Nanjing-Wuxi Part 4

31th May 2007

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长江

Morning call at 6am, it was a rainy and windy day. First stop, we went to 长江大桥, used by both motor vehicles and train. 长江 is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world, after the Nile in Africa, and the Amazon in South America. The river is about 6,380 km long and flows from its source in Qinghai Province, eastwards into the East China Sea at Shanghai. The view was simply spectacular!!

Advancing to 莫愁湖 (not the Li MoChou from Legend of Condor heros!) its called sorrow-free lake, and used to be Rock city lake. The triangle-shaped lake exhibits varied flowers and trees which lie amidst Shenqi Pavilion and other ancient structures.

Nanjing is also known as a “Crystal City”, many craft artificers, especially those who draw inside the crystal as the raw materials for art production and research. Our next stop is the Nanjing jade carvings workshop. Inside they sell a lot of different jade, so if you like jade, this will be the place for you. I got myself a signature-stone-chop. You know those type where people have their names carved on a stone den chop the stamp instead of signing? Yea! so happy! But this one very cheap, is make for fun one. When i become big boss den i make a good one : ) After a hour of waiting for those people who want to buy jade, we had lunch there, as we are still in Nanjing, Salt water duck is a must-served dish, the other dishes are all very salty, not to our taste buds.

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Our last stop before leaving Nanjing, we went to the Ancient City Square, built about 600 years ago where the ruins of the Ming dynasty underground palace is. A stele on the turtle shape has been written to praise Zhu Yuan Zhang (first Ming emperor) by his son Zhu Di. Leaving Nanjing, we carried on our journey to Wuxi, a 2 half hours bus ride. Zzz…

Wuxi is an old industrial city in Jiangsu province. Split into halves by Lake Taihu, Wuxi borders Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to the east. The northern half looks across to Taizhou to the north over the Yangtze River, while the southern half also borders the province of Zhejiang to the south. Because of its recent development, Wuxi has been dubbed the “little Shanghai”

When we was in Nanjing, we received news that Wuxi water has problem, because most of its water is from Taihu, the lake was overtaken by a major algae boom authorities are blaming on the lowest water levels in 50 years. However, low water levels alone do not usually cause the blooms. In increase in nutrients, from fertilizer, for example often create conditions conducive to algae blooms. The algae has given the water a blue color and a foul smell, making the water unusable. The water was smelly and stinky, after eating can’t wash hand, after going toilet can’t wash hand, even at night some people never bath : )

Anyway back to the journey, our first destination is Li garden (in memory of Fan Li – the lover of Xi Shi). When we reached, the wind was very strong, so it was rather cold taking a stroll in the garden. We have to battle wind and rain, but for the scenary its worth it!

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India?

It was about evening time after we finish at Li garden, so we went to the restaurant, but as it was still a bit early, we went to take another stroll in Wuxi central garden, there is a lot of buildings build for filming purposes. Does this picture looks familar to you? Yep we are in Europe!! hahaha

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Wuxi Pork ribs

Dinner time, Wuxi Pork ribs being the famous local dish, is very nice. Wuxi cuisine (unlike Nanjing cuisine which is salty) is sweeter, every dish is sweet sweet one. Beware, lots of sugar! haha. But i like their cuisine, more suitable for Singaporeans i feel.

We went shopping after dinner at Parkson (opened by the malaysia shopping centre yes), nothing much to buy one, the price about the same as Singapore, so everyone ended up in the basement floor, shopping in the supermarket. lol 

Wuxi is quite prosperous too, mayb not comparable to Shanghai & Hangzhou, but still better than Suzhou. After Hangzhou, i quite like Wuxi, if not for the smelly water! We will visit Three Kingdom city, the pearl factory & the china pottery factory tomorrow. Next stop: Back to Shanghai

” Travelling experience is something you can’t buy, for everything else there is MasterCard “

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