Nanjing to Shanghai
An early start today with luggage to prepare, breakfast to enjoy, and our ship check-out, all before an 8am departure from Nanjing. We say thank-you to the officers and crew, and head off with our local guides to Suzhou. This city is nicknamed “Venice of the east” due to its canal system. Suzhou is also well known for beautiful gardens and we visit one of the best, the “Garden of the Master of Nets”. It’s one of Suzhou’s smallest residential gardens but gives the illusion of being much larger than it really is. Our second visit here is to a local government owned silk factory. Here we learn about silk spinning and production and, inevitably, end up in a shop. Sadly for all the gentlemen present, this shop seems to have numerous departments and go on for ever. Fortunately for the ladies, there is more than enough choice. Silk duvets, jackets, bags, lengths of material, and ties are purchased!
From Suzhou we follow the motorway to the city of Shanghai. On our final approach it becomes apparent that Shanghai will be an exciting finale to the tour. The city skyline is amazing. The skyscrapers are tall and very modern, and as evening approaches the light show from the illuminated buildings and signs is simply fantastic.
Our home for the next three nights is the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, situated on the riverside in Pudong district. The hotel lobby is huge and luxurious, boasting marble floors, huge windows looking out to the riverside, an inviting lounge and, of course, numerous staff ready to help in any way possible. Our suitcases are already in our hotel rooms so we settle in promptly. This evening dinner is included at the Yi Café. This is an award-winning dinner buffet with a huge choice of dishes including Chinese, Western, Indian, Mexican, Malaysian, and more. All is freshly prepared and beautifully served. The desserts go down well of course. And there is even a sweet counter, so you ccan go to bed with your own little box of sweeties, just in case you are still hungry.