You can spend the night on Mount Tai in a hotel if you want. They say
that the sunrise from the peak is not to be believed.
Every Emperor who came to Mount Tai left a poem on the rocks (can you
imagine carving all that?) When we
had made it this far, a group of Chinese asked me to pose with them in
front of the calligraphy - at least I think that's what they wanted.
They spoke no English & I could only say "Nei Hao" which means
"hello." I ended up as yet another nameless memory in somebody's
They say that if you climb to the top of Mount Tai you will live to be
100 years old. I made it to the calligraphy point, and figured that
meant I'd live to be 99, and as far as I'm concerned, that's long
We took an overnight train to Souzhou down south. One would think that
going south would mean it would be warmer. Wrong! When we arrived, it
was sleeting! We nonetheless took a boat trip in the canals.
These canals were built to link Beijing in the north with the southern
provinces. They're pretty neat because they are so old, but they are
We went to an embroidery institute where the age-old art of double
embroidery is being revived, then to a cloisonne factory where we saw
how the enamel ware is made (there is NO way those few people we saw
could turn out all the stuff they had for sale in the showroom!), then
to a lacquer factory, a silk factory, and a jade factory. Of course,
all these factories offered opportunities for buying!