Sunday, December 18, 2011

8 days CHINA SHANGHAI Tour - Day 04 Nanjing/Wuxi on December 9, 2011

The temperature in Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Wuzhen area from December 6 - 12, 2011 was between -4°C to 10°C . We had to bring along Windbreaker or Jacket, Umberella or Rain Coat in case of changes in temperature or raining.

8D Jiangnan Tour: (December 6, 2011 - December 13, 2011)

Day 04 - Nanjing/Wuxi - After checking out from Mandarin Hotel at 8.30am our journey continues. Now guess where will be our next stop?




Our next stop in Nanjing was beside Chinese Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, a double l-level bridge with a highway above and the railway track below. Then we enter the building before bridge.

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge to be built across the Yangtze River in Nanjing, China. It was completed in 1968 and is the first double-decker, double-track highway and railway bridge designed and constructed by the Chinese without outside engineering assistance.

After the withdrawal of Soviet experts following the Sino-Soviet Split, China was thought to be unable to build a bridge on such a scale by themselves, without outside support. The project was undertaken to prove that Chinese engineers were able to overcome this perceived lack of ability.

It includes a bus stop and a museum. On the western side of the bridge, a new city is currently being developed. It is 6,772 meters (22,212 ft) long and has a span of 160 m (525 ft)—it can take up to 15 minutes to cross during regular traffic periods. (The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge information & picture source: http://en.wikipedia.org/)



Next stop: How they design works are done in a crystal. I bought 3 crystal bracelet from there.


After that we had lunch at one of the restaurant in Nanjing and our next stop was Wuxi.

Wuxi (simplified Chinese: 无锡; traditional Chinese: 無錫; pinyin: Wúxī; former spellings: Wu-shi, Wushi, or Wu-hsi; lit. "Without Tin"; Shanghai dialect: [ɦuɕiɪʔ]) is an old city in Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China. Split in half by Lake Tai, Wuxi borders Changzhou to the west and Suzhou to the east. The northern half looks across to Taizhou across the Yangtze River, while the southern half also borders the province of Zhejiang to the south. Wuxi earned its nickname "Pearl of Lake Tai" because it's built on the shore of Lake Tai in a scenic setting. Wuxi was also dubbed "little Shanghai" because of its close proximity to the city, rapid urbanization and booming economy. Wuxi also has a history of business people involved in modern Shanghai commerce since the early 20th century. (Wuxi information source: http://en.wikipedia.org)

- We visited Lingshan Brahma Palace + Lingshan Giant Buddha (We went there by shuttle. Halfway point before reaching we had to walk a bit because the shuttle suddenly no strength to move on)

Some pictures taken
Michael and me ( why we smile like dat? The answer is whenever you want to take photos of anyone, just ask them xi gua dian bu tian? - Is watermellon sweet or not? Happy trying.

Some information The Lingshan Giant Buddha (Língshān Dà Fó)

The Lingshan Giant Buddha (simplified Chinese: 灵山大佛; traditional Chinese: 靈山大佛; pinyin: Língshān Dà Fó) is located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world.
At more than 88 metres high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is a bronze Sakyamuni standing Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons. It was completed in the end of 1996.
In 2008, a "Five-signets" Palace and a Brahma Palace were built south-east of the grand buddha statue. (information source: http://en.wikipedia.org/)
Picture of The Lingshan Giant Buddha


Hand of Buddha at Lingshan and Duo Zai Fo ( I did not take these two pictures. Someone else did because I did not enter the compound of the temple)

This is Hexagon Well. An old well.

Old Ginko Tree. I can' remember well. Maybe the tree is already more than 2000 years old.

Some pictures of Ling Shan the Buddha's birth. The town has to off the electricity for 15 minutes twice a day for the show.



Lingshan Brahma Palace ( When we arrived in the building we were given a special pair of shoes. Did not take the picture of the shoes because all that I had in my mind was I was feeling very cold and I did not feel like taking any pictures at that moment.
Picture in Lingshan Brahma Palace - I captured this picture because I was facinated by the many stars above. I was a bit disappointed as I could not get a better picture of it due to my poor quality of my camera.

My favourite time of the day - Dinner time as I was feeling hungry already.

More photos:

Meals Highlight: Wuxi Rib Bone and Emperor qianlong Cuisine

Wuxi Rib Bone


Da jia crab thats all I can named this crab. Cost us RMB150 for a pair.

A special way to crack the hard part of the crab. Use an empty glass bottle.

Home sweet home in Wuxi for a night at Noble Crown Hotel. When can I stay in this hotel again? Had a very good night sleep.

Can you spot the difference of these two pictures (nothing actually because they are the same one with more lights on that's all :)
Till Day 05 post. The time now is 2.24am on December 19, 2011

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