Shanghai to Hong Zhou and back again
18.03.2010 - 18.03.2010 64 °F
China fact #7 - Chinese convenient stores are VERY CHEAP, and say you have a green tea flavored candy obsession, you can buy everything you neeeed for less than $10. YEAY
Okay okay so.... today was a pretty good day (I finally let myself spend a lot, and I got a lot of cheap but awesome shiz). It was also a very busy and fun day.
Today we took a 3 hours drive out to Hong Zhou.
So, after arriving at around 10am, we spent the morning visiting this garden/buddhist temple. The garden was pretty enough. There were a lot of Buddhist carvings on the exposed stone of the mountains, some of which are apparently world famous. But really, the fun part was the temple. This was the largest Buddhist temple in all of China (these tour guides really know where to take us). It had so many different little rooms and statues. Sadly, you cant take pictures inside the temples because its offensive to the religion, but I did take a lot of pictures looking into the temples from outside. It was really cool because there were a lot of people burning incense and praying and doing other Buddhist-y things.
After lunch (which sucked and some teacher yelled at me hard core and pissed me off for the next 10 hours), we visited another garden. This garden was HUGE. It was more of a park than a garden with how big it was. The park surrounded this very large lake (wider than lake george, but not longer). We took a fantastic boat ride across it, to which I found myself dreaming up poetry about the water. It was all very romantic in a windy and cold kinda way. Back on land, we saw hundreds of koi fish all piled in a square foot of water space, blue and white peacocks, and some of the most beautifully flowering trees in the whole world. They were actually the first blossoms we've seen all trip (seeing as this town is very far south in China). Overall it wasn't more peaceful than the garden back in Xi'an, but it certainly was vastly more beautiful.
Sadly, our trip got us back home at like 9pm, too late to really go get any real food. I had to get a pizza at Papa Johns.... I feel gross and horrible >.>
Oh well, today was a fantastic day! Also, I think I'm going to buy internet if possible.... although this little card here says I need a PC to get internet (which I don't understand)... so we'll see!
P.S. I really miss America and I can't wait to come home Saturday! >.>