China Trip – Day 4

Shanghai – City Tour / Weather: Raining, low clouds, 54*

We get up at 6:30 after a good night’s sleep. It is raining. Rick goes down to the front desk and they have our luggage – yeah! We have a fantastic buffet breakfast with everything you could think of both Chinese and American food. We leave at 9 AM on a city tour on a bus. It is raining.

I am intrigued by the “rain gear” used on the scooters: hand mittens, leg protectors, & umbrellas!
They come in all colors and styles.

Our first stop is to the Jade Buddha Temple. It has the jade buddha, which is made of “white” jade instead of “green” jade, which makes it even rarer. There are lots of buildings with gold plated buddhas.

Buddha at the Jade Buddha Temple.
At the Jade Buddha Temple.
Very pretty and intricate ceiling above this Buddha.
Rick by some of the statues at the Jade Buddha Temple.
One of the interesting pieces in the courtyard at the Jade Buddha Temple.
Monks come into the courtyard, singing, while we are there.
Rick in the courtyard at the Jade Buddha Temple with the trees in bloom.
Nancy and John at the Jade Buddha Temple. Looks like we are enjoying our first stop of the tour!
Women writing passages in Chinese characters with black paint and brushes.
Some of the figures on the roof tops.

The next stop of the city tour was to the “Bund” district downtown on the river. The left side is old and English style buildings. One being with the “Little Ben” clock on top. It chimes every 15 minutes. Across the river are all the new skyscraper buildings. One is the second tallest in the world – 118 floors. But you can’t see the tops of any of them, with the rain the tops are in the clouds.

Nancy, Rick, and John in front of “Little Ben” in the “Bund” in the rain in Shanghai.
A rainy day in the “Bund” district on the river in Shanghai, China.

We also see the flower wall, scenes and designs made with real flowers.

Flower wall
Part of the flower wall.

We go back to the hotel and have a meeting with Frank our tour manager and then enjoy a huge Chinese dinner, served family style on a large lazy -susan. A short walk through shops before going to bed by 9.

Many various dishes served for dinner.
Rick and Lori on walk in Shanghai, China. A great start to our China tour, even with the rain!