Sunday, October 7, 2012

Shanghai

Thursday 4 October – At Sea

Strangely for this cruise, we had another peaceful* day at sea!

We made it peaceful by reading, writing and editing until the (deferred) formal dinner tonight.

 A singer followed by the Liars Club – another hilarious game show and another extra hour for sleep.

*Peaceful until an assessment party was called to the grill on Deck 14 where smoke was coming from the dishwasher.  The Captain shortly stood the assessment party down.
Friday 5 October – At Sea

A port talk on Dalian, the magician in Explorers & our Cocktail party were the highlights today along with sightseeing at sea as we continued to approach Shanghai.

Saturday 6 October – Shanghai, China

We had planned to approach the river at 0100 but heavy outgoing traffic (it is one-way), including a couple of Panamax tankers, and heavy fog combined to put us four hours behind.  The Captain had therefore hoped to extend our stay but was unable to get permission due to heavy inbound traffic.

So we disembarked at 1030 (three hours late) and returned at 1830 from our excursion.  Fortunately it was the end of golden week, so our travelling time from the port to downtown was quicker than normal, about 30 minutes.  The fog/smog lingered all day.

Shanghai was the cradle of the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that the People's Republic created its vast commercial and industrial bastion.  The new is contrasted with the old in many places and the race is on to build ever taller buildings.

Our excursion skipped the Shanghai Museum (but we had lunch at 1100!), so we visited the Jade Buddha Temple, Jin Mao Tower, Yu Garden and finished with a visit to the Silk Museum/shop.

Yu Gardens is one of the most lavish and finest in the region.  Established in 1559 as a private residence, the Gardens have been restored and modified to five acres containing six general areas.  The crowd was large and the streets tiny but the gardens were enjoyable.

Keep an eye out for the photos.

Sunday 7 October – At Sea

Another leisurely day at sea heading to Dalian.  The traffic, currently in the distance, will become heavier early tonight.

This is last formal night for this leg of the cruise.
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