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It’s Tea Time!

Posted by rhondascooking on November 12, 2007

Today was a free day for us to do whatever we wanted.  Some people headed with our leaders to go to a place to have Egyptian cotton shirts made and others wanted to shop for souvenoirs.   I knew without a doubt that I did not want to leave China without tea and a tea set.  So, the tour guide took about 20 of us to have tea in the old Quarter.  Some people didn’t drink tea nor were they interested, but they came anyway.  Once there were there and we went through the process, everyone loved it!  We had a great time learning about the varieties of tea and the medicinal properties.  It was awesome.  I spent about $400 on tea and the tea set.  After everyone finished buying, we think that we spent a total of about $4000 at a minimum at that place!   Then after that, we headed to find a few more souvenoirs. 

Afterwards, some people wanted to take a nap and others including myself wanted to see more sights.  So, a couple of us went to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.  This exhibit was designed to show visitors the future of Shanghai–expansion of the airport, new subways, environmentally safe businesses, etc.  While we were there, we observed the celebration of a new business venture between Spain and Shanghai.  They had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate.  As we walked through the hall, we noticed that Shanghai is on the up and up.  We better watch out because they are doing it big.

Later, all of us met for our farewell dinner.  Prior to the dinner, I ate my last can of sardines and crackers just in case I couldn’t eat.  Well, thank goodness I did because I wasn’t able to eat a thing.  I did drink lots of tea!

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