Don't break the ceramics!
Its Saturday and we’re off to Jingdezhen, the “porcelain capital”. Local records show that craftsmen began making pottery here in the Han Dynasty from 206 AD to 220 AD. During the early days of the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279 AD) the city was called Changnan and became synonymous with ceramics. Allegedly, when foreign traders mispronounced the city name, it came to be called CHINA. We visit the Ceramic Historical Museum and Ancient Kilns, a group of buildings and workshops arranged in a beautiful park-like setting. Naturally there is a souvenir shop and we lose most of our guests.
Back on board ship with all our new souvenirs, we leave our quayside at Jiu Jiang and head for our next stop: Chizhou. After dinner in the ship restaurant, the crew present their Cabaret Show in the Observation Lounge. There’s dancing, singing, magic, comedy, Chinese face mask changing and more. All performed by members of the ship management and crew. It’s a great show - well rehearsed and well presented.