Our journey into China started in Shanghai, a cosmopolitan city, yet very rich in history. We visited the Yu Garden, built over 400 years ago, a famous private garden with structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The delightful odours coming from the food vendors enticed us to taste freshly made dumplings, yum! The streets are also lined with handicraft stores for us that like to shop. We later boarded a fast train to Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East”, where we took a leisure boat ride down the Grand Canal. We could not pass up buying a picture from the Silk Embroidery Institute. Our next stop was to Hangzhou, where we enjoyed a lovely cruise on the tranquil waters of West Lake.
In Xian, we marvelled at the life size statues of the Terracotta Warriors guarding the Emperor’s Tomb. These statues were discovered in 1974 after being buried underground for more then 2200 years. There are so many sights to see in Beijing. We toured Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, and the beautiful Summer Palace. And yes we climbed the Great Wall of China. But we could not forget the greatest shopping experience in the Silk Market, from pearls to purses to tailor-
And of course the food, I like to say we ate our way through China. At each destination we tasted their delicious local food, from Peking duck to delicious dumplings, and much more. So if you are interested in taking a tour of China which includes historical sites, eating delicious food and shopping in traditional and modern markets, call me!