Thursday, March 28, 2013
This morning we left the Yangtze 2 for the last time. A ride up the funicular and we were out of the port.
The first visit was to a ‘square’ where people meet. Some folks were practicing tai chi and others were practicing a fan dance. The grounds were pretty with various plants and flowers. They also had statues and artwork.
Our second visit today was at General ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stillwell Museum. The museum had been his home while stationed in town. This one is sponsored by the Chinese Government. No picture taking allowed inside so I only have photos of the outside.
Next, we went to the Flying Tigers Museum. This one was created by General Chenault’s wife (who is Chinese). She is still alive and in her 80s. There were some pictures and items from the time of the Flying Tigers but it was mostly a place to buy stuff to support the museum. We had an artist paint a complete picture while we watched. Chinese painting must include the subject, a poem, calligraphy, and the artist’s name. We also heard from one of the Flying Tigers – he is Chinese but spoke good English. He is in his early 90s.
The smog here in Chongquin was bad. Made it difficult to see very far.
Lunch was in a lime green decorated restaurant. Color aside, the food was good. We are in the part of China known for their spicy (Schechwan sp?) food.
Next we went to the “people’s place.” They had dioramas created with concrete showing various scenes from Chinese life. There were also some artworks.
The hotel (Sheraton) was amazing. They made it gold, gold and more gold. They even had a gold stretch limo out front when we arrived.
There was also a Lamborghini but it was lime green. The color didn’t stop Dan from drooling.
Our room was huge and fancy. Two double beds made it nice since Dan has caught the cold I had. He could have his own bed and sleep without any interruption from me.
The shower had a window with a shade that came down with the push of a button. Dan didn’t realize that so took a shower on view to anyone who happened to look over from the other tower of the hotel. Woohoo!
Dan wasn’t feeling good so just went to bed without dinner. I ended up having a lamb dish (Afghanish) that was delicious. Had dinner with Larry, Nina and Lotty. First Lotty went up to her room. Then Larry left. Dennis came in and asked to join Nina and me while he had his ice cream dessert. So, I got to meet him. One thing about being assigned to the same bus every day – I am not meeting some of the others on the tour.