8th, 9th and 10th December 2009

Shanghai Day 11

FIRST TIME RAINING IN SHANGHAI (as in since I arrived lah… DUH!)IMG_3537Anyway, nothing much today. Classes and tutorial. Three tutors (the middle one is my tutor. The one with her hand on my face is Li Ying and I do not know who the other one is but she has a sweet voice.)IMG_3535And Christie joined the picture…IMG_3536Here… show you a picture of one of my two lecturers. She was not teaching but then came to collect our seminar paper. Dressed so nice… must ask for a picture lah… =PIMG_3541But at night we went to “English Corner” where we can get to know Chinese native speakers who are majoring in English in SISU. I got to know this very sweet and cute girl called Tina…IMG_3551I also got to know some other people but did not camwhore with them. Pai seh lah… LOL. After that, we (Khoo, Von Yi and I) walked under the drizzle to Carrefour despite so late already.IMG_3555Got CHOCOLATE pie from the McD nearby =)IMG_3557Yum Yum!

Money spent for Day 11:

Total spent = RMB 39.50

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Shanghai Day 12

SUZHOU! =D Yeahhhhh… a day trip to Suzhou arranged by the university. Just for RMB60 paid earlier on, we got to visit four different places with the guidance of a tour guide and FREE BUFFET LUNCH! =D Too bad my battery ran out during the tour of the last place which is a very nice garden. Garden as in the olden day houses of the rich people… Ok, I will be running late for my classes if I type too much. Let the pictures say something =PIMG_3559The buses (three of them) for our trip =) Chee Sian was so crazy studious that he brought his book with him to revise.IMG_3568 - CopyThe bus trip was for two hours. I slept though LOLIMG_3571When I woke up, we arrived at a stop about half hour away from Suzhou. Something like a toilet stop and also for people to get something to fill their stomach.IMG_3572IMG_3573 - CopyOk, its more for the drivers to rest. Less accidents lah… But it was really big because China is preparing for the Expo in 2010.IMG_3695Once we got to Suzhou, it was much more prettier than Shanghai. The same thing was there was construction everywhere LOLIMG_3592When we got there, our first stop was Han Shan Si. A Buddhist temple. And our tour guide. YES! Our tour guide. A funny guy who calls himself Charlie Chen…IMG_3602Look at him with his “stick” – his dear black umbrella. LOL He is really funny but a good tour guide still =) IMG_3597 IMG_3598 IMG_3599IMG_3608IMG_3596IMG_3601IMG_3603  IMG_3616 IMG_3618 IMG_3620 IMG_3624 IMG_3625 IMG_3631 IMG_3632 IMG_3633 IMG_3638 IMG_3639 IMG_3645 Look at those silver-ish things on the roof. Those are coins. I do not know why people throw coins. Even those whom I know, they just throw because they saw there were coins there =.=IMG_3647 IMG_3649 IMG_3652 IMG_3654 IMG_3655 IMG_3656 Someone helped us take this picture. I had to put it up though cause its the only one with all of us in =(IMG_3657 Chee Sian’s photography skill is improving *proud* LOLIMG_3663 IMG_3664 IMG_3672 IMG_3673 IMG_3674 This is the floor tiles in the few places I visited. Ancient stuff. Hand built. Seriously, I find them so nice and I can even feel the effort as I walked on them. IMG_3675 IMG_3679 IMG_3683 IMG_3684 IMG_3685 IMG_3686These pictures do no justice to the things/sceneries I saw there. I love the tranquility there (minus all the tourists including me) Really an awesome place. After that we left for the Silk Factory.IMG_3766Got into a conference like room and was given a brief talk about the “Liang San Bo and Zhu Ying Tai” silkworms.IMG_3704The way the guy put the story out was so cheesy.IMG_3705He told stories of… How the silkworm in the cocoon must be killed so they do not elope and have lots of babies. How the double cocoon is Liang San Bo and Zhu Ying Tai =.=   IMG_3708 Only women worked in the factory. They have to work with hot water which causes their hands to be swollen most of the time. So sad =(IMG_3721They do this to extract the silk into raw silk threads. This worker here works with “Liang San Bo and Zhu Ying Tai” double cocoons.IMG_3733The double cocoons would have two silkworms in them.IMG_3734One male and one female. From the cocoon itself, she open them up and place seven layers over the small arch. From the small arch, she would transfer them to the big arch. Ten layers of the small one will form the one large arch one. The large arch one would be left to air dry and then used to make the comforter.IMG_3731IMG_3737 I even tried to loop the seven layered silk mesh over the large arch. It is not as easy as you think.IMG_3743But it you let it absorb enough water, it is not that hard =) IMG_3745 After the factory we went to the shops where I saw many not so unique but expensive silk products. But then there are one which I find really interesting but the colour coordination is not really to my taste. So I did not want to get them. This one is to place the wine bottle. It comes with a cover for the wine bottle. HOW CUTEIMG_3749Then saw some dolls but they were not really finely crafted =( Still quite nice. Those are Qing Dynasty Princesses.IMG_3751 IMG_3752 Then I saw a “Drivers’ Lounge” They must have had a lot of tourists brought over by the tour guides! Tee hee…IMG_3750Then there is the restaurant where we got the free BUFFET lunch! =D Ok, the food was so so only lah… but still, I am not complaining =PIMG_3753 IMG_3754 IMG_3755 IMG_3757Then we left for a moat which I do not know the name of. HAHA… its a place famous its land gates and water gates. VERY NICE SCENERY I MUST SAY =D I love it here ❤IMG_3881 IMG_3782 IMG_3786 IMG_3787 IMG_3788 IMG_3790 IMG_3791 IMG_3792 IMG_3793 IMG_3795IMG_3797 IMG_3801 IMG_3802 IMG_3803 IMG_3804 IMG_3806 IMG_3807 IMG_3808 IMG_3809 IMG_3810 IMG_3817 IMG_3820IMG_3822 IMG_3829 IMG_3830 IMG_3831 IMG_3836IMG_3837 IMG_3839 IMG_3842 IMG_3843 IMG_3846IMG_3851IMG_3853IMG_3858 IMG_3861 IMG_3867 IMG_3868 IMG_3869 IMG_3870 IMG_3874 IMG_3875 IMG_3876 IMG_3877Then we went to a garden. Su Zhou is famous for its gardens – loads of them and we just visited one.IMG_3891The garden is actually the olden day houses of the rich people. Those which you would see in the movies or dramas of olden days. Very pretty and big indeed. Rich people house.IMG_3901IMG_3898IMG_3896Can you spot bats and a crane in the picture below? Its supposed to mean longevity.IMG_3906And rocks represent the properties of the people. The more they have, the richer they are. And I think their houses are really unique with good feng shui =)    IMG_3909 Too bad my camera ran out of battery. There were really more things that I wanted to share. Like how the in the olden days they have a place to rear tigers in their home, then the little cute bridges, the women’s room, the study room, the garden where the people would do performances using the traditional musical instruments and the dances etc… So much more!!!

I took more than 350 pictures already by then. So sad I could not take more. But I enjoyed the trip thoroughly =)

Suzhou is really nice. No car honking sounds. Everywhere you can see the signs showing not to honk. When we were on the way home, I was awoken by the car honks when we near Shanghai =.=IMG_3890 In Suzhou, even the telephone booths and bus stops are so unique =) I love Suzhou! Yes, that is really the bus stop!IMG_3886 Money spent for Day 12:

Total spent = RMB 25

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Shanghai Day 13

Nothing much happened today. Been raining only. Warm but yet cold. Do not know how to define this exactly. But… yeah, just so warm and then so cold… and then warm again. Actually my joints been good just my knees still troubling me. Stiff at times but manageable =DIMG_3916 And my teacher today gave each of us Lindt chocolate =D So nice of her right? But too bad I do not really like milk chocolate. But one is good =) *smiley*  IMG_3915 Christie is just so funny! =D And she has SIX PACK. I am serious! I touched! (Sounds so wrong but still, really, she has got them!)IMG_3917And ok, this post is long enough. Time to do work!

Money spent for Day 13:

Total spent = RMB 11.50

Sorry to be so longwinded,

The one who has to prepare her presentation, 1.5K words essay and 1K words seminar paper. =(

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2 Responses so far »

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    Z3nX3Rn said,

    the silk shop is a very super common tourist destination if you follow tour group…cause the tour guide will earn commission if you buy
    those who have been to china on holidays will definitely have visited that place

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      CC said,

      yeah =) Khoo and Von Yi been there before d one hehe.. but it was still fun to see those thingssssss =D u been there before d is it?


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