Contest winner Cindy Keith is sharing China through eyes while on a once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive trip

The sheer monstrosity of Shanghai!

Contest winner Cindy Keith is sharing China through eyes while on a once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive trip



Vernon’s Cindy Keith won a once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive trip to China through Black Press Media and the Abbotsford Chamber ofCommerce and now she’s sharing her experience with you.

Blog #2: The sheer monstrosity of Shanghai!

By: Cindy Keith

We boarded for our flight to Shanghai then traveled by bus one-and-a-half hours away; 100-km northwest to Suzhou. This city’s pretty canals, stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously-designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China.

Its Classical Gardens were added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites! My most favourite and the one we investigated most extensively, was the centuries old Lingering Garden; a close second, the West (Monastery) Garden.

We had a traditional noodle soup for dinner a big hit.

The next day we were busy touring the Suzhou silk factory throughout China’s Imperial past, Suzhou silk has been associated with high-quality silk products, supplying silk to ancient royal families.

By the 13th century, it was already the centre of the profitable silk trade. We learned even the likes of Vera Wang, Georgio Armani and many more designers have been, and continue to be, benefactors.

Even the former Lady Diana Princess of Wales ordered silk for her wedding gown from Suzhou!

Our local guide Lili told us Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” or “The Venice of China”.

Throughout our tour, we have been so lucky to have experienced such knowledgeable guides and the regular kindness of the local Chinese people we have crossed paths with. Next, we returned to the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China…

Shanghai is the most populous city proper in the world, with a population over 27 million! It’s a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world’s busiest container port. It sits on the south edge of the great Yangtze River and is bounded to the east by the South China Sea.

I’ve heard of other nicknames such as “Pearl of the Orient” and “Paris of the East”.

We did a tour of the Bund, the famous waterfront park that lines the shores of the city line. Of interest, China used to be called the “Kingdom of Bicycles” in the 1980s/90s because they were the popular mode of transport for Chinese people at the time.

Thanks to the fast development of infrastructure over the years, cars, buses, mopeds and the metro reign superior today. However, a new bicycle wave is rising in China again thanks to the increasing popularity of mobile phone app-based bike-sharing services. The bike wave is not only creating an environment-friendly way of commuting in cities, but the China Daily highlights that the combined role of technology, innovation and market forces is better allocating resources and reducing pollution.

Here here!

Our last full day in Shanghai was spent initially visiting the Pudong economic development zone, seeing the fast speed of China’s developing economy. Next we visited a silk embroidery centre with beautifully handcrafted artwork and carpets with artists actually on site demonstrating how intricate their products truly are! We then arrived at the Old Shanghai Market (great shopping and be ready to haggle all the way!) for the afternoon.

Once again I was reminded of the regular tendency for random requests that the Chinese of all ages would excitedly make, for we foreigners to be in their photos! They appear to welcome our affiliation and being altogether which sure feels like a welcome and a honour 🙂

I decided to wander through the Yu Garden a maze of marvellous pavilions, ponds, rock works and overarching trees. As I looked across the bustling bazaar just outside of it, I couldn’t help but reflect on how dynamic a place this truly is 🙂

My third and final blog is now done.

I’m just so appreciative of all the wonderful things I’ve been able to do once again back in this vast Republic thank you for sharing it with me! I’m super thrilled to have been selected to blog to newsreaders in British Columbia from afar and would definitely like to say “cheers” to my fellow travellers, the Black Press and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for making it happen!

As I return home to beautiful British Columbia, Canada, I sign off with my most sincere appreciation,

~ 🙂 Cindy

Check out her first and second blog here. From Vernon to the Great Wall and Sensational Xi’an!

Posted by Vernon Morning Star on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Just Posted

Bears face Hawks, Bruins, Flyers and Bulldogs

Grizzlies lose narrowly to place second out of seven Atom teams

UPDATE: Mount Milligan Mine temporarily suspends operations

There have not been any layoffs at this stage

BC Liberal leader hopeful Wilkinson shares vision with Rupertites

Andrew Wilkinson travelled to Prince Rupert with two supporting northern MLAs, Ross and Rustad

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Video: B.C. documentary features Okanagan ice climbing

First documentary for Penticton filmmaker captures elusive Okanagan ice climbing

David Emerson quits lumber talks as legal action begins

Former federal minister served as B.C. softwood trade point man

Singer of the Cranberries dead at 46

Her publicist says Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly Monday in London. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.

Toronto police say young girl made up story about hijab cutting

The investigation has been closed after 11-year-old girl claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man

Most Read