Catching Up – Lazy BloggerDecember 19, 2015
Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.
I have been terribly lazy about posting our adventures. So, I will try to catch you up on the last 2 1/2 months.
We went to a fancy dinner held during the World Congress on Art Deco at the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Everything was lovely. The food was based on a menu from the 1920’s. Everyone was dressed up.
We took a quick weekend trip to Nanjing.
Where we met Oliver’s and Bert’s doppelgängers.
We spent the day trying to see as much as we could of the Presidential Palace grounds. It is amazing as it contains structures from hundreds of years exemplifying the different styles from the Ming Dynasty to the Republic.
This brings us to December. We went on an Historic Shanghai tour of religious buildings, including Daoist temple, Buddhist temple, Islamic mosque, Jewish synagogue, Catholic cathedral, Anglican church, and Protestant church. You may be surprised that these buildings still exist after the Cultural Revolution. Worship was disallowed during that time, but the buildings were kept and repurposed (as storage facilities or factories). Now, the five major religions are allowed to worship (although proselytizing is not allowed). So, the churches have been refurbished and are currently in use.
At Grace Church the choir was practicing. They were singing the Hallelujah Chorus in Chinese. No matter what the language, this song brings tears to my eyes.
The tour ended with walking down the Bund to see the Christmas decorations. The Astoria Waldorf had 8 huge trees in their lobby. (Real evergreens, not artificial.)
So, this brings you up to date. We are about to embark on a nine day trip to Xian, the home of the Terracotta Army and the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
To see all the pictures from Nanjing – click here.
To see all the pictures from the tour of religious buildings – click here. The pictures are a bit out of order because I was using multiple cameras.