In ancient times, there was a wall around Hangzhou, during the Warring States period. Emporer Chin Emporer Qin (201 -207 BC) unified the states, and joined all of the walls together. His other achievements were the building of many canals and roads, the introduction of a common money system, and standardization of laws. Jack, Sue and Sophie went to the wall museum today to look at a rebuilt section of the wall that used to surround Hangzhou.
Peter and Jack enjoyed the views from the top of the wall.
The entrance to the wall and the museum. It's clear today, but starting to get quite hot and muggy!
After lunch, Sue noticed a group of red-hatted tourists going down an alleyway, so what did they do? They followed! They came across the Hangzhou Catholic Church which was built in 1659. It was burned twice, once in 1692 and once in 1912, and converted into a temple twice, in 1691 and 1730. today, it is the cathedral of the Hangzhou Catholic Diocese.
Next it was back to Sophie's school to pick her up.
The school has been on a campaign the last couple of days to check the children carefully, and teach them Currently there is a scare about the EV71 virus which has dangerous symptoms for small children; it's a variant of hand, foot and mouth disease and there is no cure for it. We have been told by the U.S. State Department that we don't need to change our behavior for now, but it's something we're watching closely! We may pull Sophie from school if we think it's not safe!