18.06.2010 - 18.06.2010 27 °C
Asked Jiang, our local rep for ideas for our 1 "free" day and we wanted to get out of the city to the real China - rice paddies etc. so he suggested this place Zhujiajiao pronounced "Ju-Ja-Jo"
He was busy in the am with the company but said he would take us in the pm by local transport instead of costing us the earth with the company.
So he duly arrived and bargained for a cheap taxi ride about 50+ kms and got him down to 120 yuan about $20, which was ridiculous price for such a long drive. Had a lovely day, walking around the various alleyways. We went over 5 opening arch bridge over the Caogang River 1571, the Taran Bridge 1584 and others I can't remember. Saw Ah Po's Tea House and Granny's Tea House. We also saw an old medicine house1877 which still prepares its own pills, extracts, pelletts,and powders. We wandered up and down little market lanes, well preserved from the Ming and Quin dynasties, with their white walls and black tiled roofs.
Going home we had time to just sit, so Jiang bought tickets on the local bus for 9yuan which is about $2. Mind you it took hours -well 1 and a half to get back to Shanghai - a very interesting trip. Finished the day by paying a little man 100 yuan for a ride around the canals on a "bum boat" or similar. ---very exciting!!!!
Should add before we got on the bus Jiang suggested we go to the toilet in KFC which lay just outside the water village.
When we arrived back in town we asked Jiang to get us the the Bund - like the esplanade- 'cos we wanted to go under the Huanpo River on a flash AK System. It was good-like a gondola on rails. When we got to the other side it was dark so decided to spend another 100 yuan about $20 to ride the elevator to the top of the Orient Pearl Tower TV Tower. It was absolutely spectacular, the lights along the Bund and the lights on all the buildings as well -468m high.