China – Day Three: Temples With Kids?
Is It Mad To Tour Temples With Kids?
Not at all. You couldn’t hope to find a nation more tolerant of children. Unbelievably to Mr and Mrs GMT, they even adored our two!
So first of all today, we ventured to Longhua Temple. It’s a stunning Taoist Temple which we loved in spite of the weather. Beautiful examples of Bell and Drum Towers, heaps of history and Taoist monks aplenty in residence. As with most ‘temples’ in China, it’s not one but a myriad of different temples to pray to different Gods and Deities. It’s a highly accessible temple with most things available to see without a perspex protection screen, which is really very nice. So Temples with kids gets a big thumbs up from us. Handy, as we are off to a few more yet on this trip. I’ll break that to the youngers another day though!
Venice in China
Next it was time to visit Zhujajiao Water Village. The weather handily dried up for our trip to the 700 year old Water Village, known as Venice in China. Although the weather was very overcast, it was fabulous to take a boat trip punting down the riverways. Tiny ancient houses, one on top of the other mixed with chic urban shops selling designer goods. Wandering around the ancient alleys when we were back on terra firma was wonderful. So many quaint little shops and tea rooms and even fortune telling and natural medicine practitioners.
So that concludes Shanghai for us. Late tonight we flew onto beautiful Guilin and finally after big plane troubles (*on the ground*), we are here at 2am. It was meant to be 8pm, Cheers Air China.
Wide awake with the world’s slowest ever wifi so I’m adding photos one at a time!
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