|Traveling like this on Lake Taihu in Wuxi is not for us plebes. Only for the rich or well connected.|
One of my first students in China, and now my friend, works in Chengdu in Sichuan Province and occasionally he has to travel for conferences and what not. In June he was in Shanghai and so I went to meet up with him and in addition to other places we visited Westlake in Hangzhou.
Last week he was in Wuxi which is just a 20rmb 20 minute bullet train trip from Suzhou, and so on the 21st of October I joined him for 2 days of sightseeing. The 'Junk' in the photograph above was leaving the shore of Lake Tai as we were coming back from a trip to an island in the middle of the lake. We were on a ferry with about 20,000 other people (or so it seemed).
|On the Island there are many different things to see; hills to climb and washrooms to be locked out of when you are most in need.|
|Locals apparently like to have their wedding photographs taken on the shores of Lake Tai (Taihu = Tai - Lake)|
It was quite a tiring trip for us but that did not deter us from next day making an excursion to the Buddhist Park. We took two buses (and about 90 minutes) to get there (although we took a taxi back 120rmb). Entrance fee was 210 rmb, but there was lots to see including the water show at the Baby Buddha fountain.
|The secret stage behind the 3D screen in the History Museum|
Most spectacular was the performance put on in the building shown below. Hundreds of people are seated on cushions in this huge round room and there is a brilliant multicolored light show to entertain you until the show proper begins. The show begins via a 2D and 3D presentation on what appears to be the walls. We are talking about perhaps a 300 degree circular presentation. Eventually that comes to an end and the walls begin to move and you realise that it is a screen. Behind it is a stage and one is given a beautiful presentation on the life of the Buddha.
|The Buddhist Historical Museum (or whatever is the real name) - rich, vibrant, crowded and amazing.|
Perhaps in time (I'm very busy these days) I will set up a couple of files at KingsCalendar to display the photographs I took.
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