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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 picture album.

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 enough!



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 very dirty.

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!

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