Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Wall Museum

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.


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Peter and Jack enjoyed the views from the top of the wall.
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The entrance to the wall and the museum.  It's clear today, but starting to get quite hot and muggy!
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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.
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Next it was back to Sophie's school to pick her up.  Hangzhou 014

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!

3 comments:

Chinazhoumom said...

Have you seen the whole news report - on the head count of chil*dren it a*ffe*cts..sorry for the * it keeps the blog craw*lers away... not pretty...but could be made bigger for ne*ws sake...
Love ready about your journeys!
carol in FL

Anonymous said...

NIA HAO, LEWIS FAMILY
HOPE ALL IS WELL!
BLOG PICTURES IS ALL WONDERFUL AND GREAT COLORFUL! LOVE PETERS OLYMPIC T-SHIRT IT REALLY ROCKS WISH I COULD BE OVER THERE JUST TO HERE AND FEEL THE ATMOSPHERE AND EXCITEMENT OF THE PROUD PEOPLE OF CHINA. I DO SEE SOME EXICITEMENT FROM THE CHINESE CCTV4 THAT I WATCH ALL THE TIME BUT DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR SAYING HAVE OF THE TIME. BUT I AM LEARNING A LITTLE CHINESE HERE AND THEIR.
HOPE YOUR GUYS ARE ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. LIFE IS TO SHORT TO WAIST. LIVE IT UP!
LG

marksfour said...

Did I read less than 55 days left? Oh what will we read to find out about the hidden treasures of Hangzhou? This has been a most delightful read, and we feel as if we know your family!