Up early to catch a bus from the Shanghai Tour Bus Center, leaving at 8:30. Tuk joined us for this trip to Nanxun, a couple hours drive west from the city. It rained most of the way, but it stopped before we reached the water town of Nanxun.
Nanxun was founded during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Through the production of silk, it became home of the four wealthiest merchants south of the Yangtze River.
Our bus ticket included admission to Nanxun and the several venues in town. We started along a canal where the tour boats were parked:
Kent and Tuk on a rockery overlook of Lotus Pond:
in the Jing Xiang Shi Ku Pavilion:
Gu Qianlin (1909-1998) bust:
Several Cinnamomum camphora/Camphor Laurel trees:
Kent tries out the water pump:
Next was a home of a wealthy silk merchant, the Chong de Tang House or Liu Shi Tihao, belonging to Liu Tiqing (1876-1950). There is an immense courtyard even before you arrive at the sedan hall:
At the end of the Qing Dynasty it was the largest and most refined residence south of the Yangtze River, with a mixture of European and Chinese architectural styles.
While we waited Kent took photos of the scaffolding nearby:
On the way to and from Nanxun, the bus stopped at a rest area where passengers used the restrooms, smoked, and shopped.
As we neared the city proper of Shanghai, the driver suddenly pulled over and stopped the bus. He jabbered on in Chinese, of which we understood "airport," "subway station," "bus station," and "I don't know." This elicited responses from many passengers, and if you aren't used to being in China, you would think they were arguing. The driver went back to driving, and we soon saw the solid mass of red taillights on the highway into Shanghai. Now we understood we were to be dropped off at the Hongqiao Airport, where we could catch the subway and get home much faster.
Kent and I stopped at Bubba's for dinner. Tuk had purchased some zongzi/dumplings at the rest stop for her dinner.
We can cross another water town off our list.