Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday in Nanjing

This Monday, after breakfast, we were met by an assistant of Eliza named Yu-yu.  Yu-yu was given the task to entertain me and the girls for the day.  And she did a very good job!  The first part of the day we went to Purple mountain.  Our morning was spent touring the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat Sen (who expelled the Japanese from China) and we also toured the Ming Tombs-of Emperor Xuang De who ruled the Nanjing area about 100 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.  We took a little electric car ride around the area since we didn't have enough time to walk the whole thing, and in general we had a very nice tour.  I forgot an SD card for my camera and so I have no pictures to post of the morning.

Lunch time we met Jorg, Sean and Eliza for lunch and then after that Yu-yu took us to the train station to buy our high speed train tickets to Beijing.  We waited in the car, and the girls and I sang songs to entertain ourselves.  We had a little ball, and would sing songs (row your boat, Star Spangled Banner, BINGO, I've been working on the Railroad) and when the song was over, who ever was holding the ball would get to choose the next song to sing.  I think our driver thought we were crazy, but that's OK.  We had fun.

After the tickets were purchased, we zoomed to the Science and Technology museum, which was conveniently closed on a Monday.  No matter, we went to an amusement park, a REAL, CHINESE, super dodgy, rusted out amusement park!!!  We went on the carousel, the dragon coaster, the bumper cars and some sort of weird octopus ride.  It was a total hit with the girls.  Yu-yu didn't think it was so great, and prefers to keep her feet on solid ground.

After the amusement park, Yu-yu dropped us off at our Hotel and I took the girls swimming.  I had to purchase swim caps for us, which is fine, and we went swimming for about an hour and a half.  We met a couple of kids who were also staying at the hotel, and they were from Hawaii.  They all had a good time splashing around.  Sorry, no pictures of swimming--didn't bring the camera for it.

We closed the day by going out to dinner again with Eliza and Sean and Eliza's parents.  Of note at the meal what the very long fish, about 20 inches long, served on a long platter.

The girls were absolutely dead tired and fell asleep as soon as we got back to the room.  End of Monday!!

Tuesday = drive to XiDi and Hong Cun and walk through ancient cities!  Wednesday we will climb Huang Shan.  We will head to Beijing on Friday!!

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