Monday, April 7, 2008

Shanghai Yu Yuan Gardens - Day 3

Cara, Shawn and the Lewis family were in Shanghai for the last 3 days playing tourist.  We had a lot of fun seeing  the sights and we saw so many things!  Since we were away and I didn't bring my computer along (WITHDRAWL SYMPTOMS!) Here are a few days of blogging for you below!

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Here's Cara getting her first look at the Yu Yuan gardens in Shanghai. 
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Jack, Sophie and Sue went back yesterday evening to allow us to tour around easier.  Thanks Sue!  Otherwise it becomes quite a feat to get 2 taxi's going to the same place with only one person that (sort of!!) speaks Chinese to the driver!
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The Yu Yuan gardens were created over 400 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, and were the a private residence.  Many gorgeous flowers, rock formations, fish ponds and ornate buildings.  It was hard to know where to point the camera!
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Inside the garden was a clothing rental shop.  How could we resist!  Since it was our birthday, we ORDERED Shawn to wear the Emperor's costume.  He graciously complied...
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Shawn, Cara, and Peter in period clothing.  Cute!
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Peter looks so ROYAL!
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During the clothing ordeal, what the pictures DON'T show is that we drew quite a crowd.  After we returned the clothes, we retreated to quieter parts of the garden.  An ornate dragon on a roof corner...
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Some of the lanterns that decorated the hallways...  The birds found them a perfect place to perch and watch the world go by!
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Some beautifully maintained and manicured foliage...
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Peter and Cara, enjoying the serenity of the Yu Yuan garden.  I think Peter will pass up Cara in height in about 6 minutes!
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After the garden, we hopped into a taxi, and went back to the hotel to collect our bags.  We made our way across the river to Pudong and hung out at the Binjiang Public Park in a restaurant bordering the river.  It was a warm 75 degrees today with some SUN!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Cara! Hope you guys are having a great time. It's still your birthday here! Don't worry about the cats- they are feeling very much at home. Tabby is so comfortable that she puked on my jeans at 4am while I was staying at Mom's this weekend. Bryan says hi. Keep the pictures coming. Talk to you later! Tina