16.06.2010 - 16.06.2010 26 °C
Well Neil, as usual you were right. We should have done more research and then maybe would have spent an extra day around here. It is apparently one of the oldest areas and lots of history.
Luckily we were booked in at the Ramada Plaza, so early in the morning we set off on foot a couple of blocks down the road to Westlake.Yes!! It is a lake but it has political, cultural and spiritual significance to the locals. Anyway wandered around the lakeside trying to catch an improvised"golfcart" that carries about 12 people around the lakeside, and is dirt cheap but finally gave up, because there were too many locals so paid 100yuan(about $20) for a little man to row us around.
Was amazed at how advanced the city was as compared to when we visited Beijing a few years ago.
They are trying to be clean and green. All buses have to be gas before the end of next year and all bikes have to be electric. There was no visible rubbish lying around either.
Soon we were off to the station to catch the fast train to Shanghai. It reached a speed of 170 km/hr. Apparently this train will be replaced by a flash fast train next year and it will reach speeds of400km/hr.
A little man met us in Shanghai and before no time he taught us how to use the Metro. It is so fast and so cheap. 3/4yuan which is less than a dollar. Twilight found us doing a cruise down the Huanpo and admiring the lights along the Bund which is like an esplanade. Finished up coming home through "Old Shanghai" like a Chinatown but very up-market -all new facades so beautiful and clean and modern.
by then John was "stuffed" so we caught a lift with an old man who offered us a ride on the back of his cart - bit like a "tuk-tuk"gone wrong. cost us $6 to get home. Taxis are cheap too and easy to pick up. They cost about $5 to go anywhere within reason.