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Master of the Nets

We woke up early and got some breakfast before heading over to the Garden  of the Master of the Nest. We were among the first tourists to get there and were able to enjoy it by ourselves for a while.  It was very pretty, with the artistic combination of water, plants, rocks and buildings.  We spent a while wondering around inside the garden before heading off towards the Blue wave pavilion. On the way we passed a bakery and bought a loaf of raisin bread. We managed to pass the pavilion without noticing the entrance and in doing so stumbled upon another park. We stopped there to have a snack and discovered that what we thought were raisins were in fact  nice red beans. It was not as good as raisin bread, but it was ok.

no Whiffing!
  The park had a pond full of gold fish or koi so we shared our bread with them. It was fun to feed the fish.  We backtracked to the blue wave pavilion and went inside. It was another garden, similar to the first, but with more stone statues and tunnels, and less water features.

Next we started to walk towards the Tiger Hill. When we saw a sign saying it was 9km further we decided to get a taxi. The taxi took us straight there and we crossed over the mote and went in. It was a large park on a hill, with a leaning pagoda on the top of it. We enjoyed the bonsai tree exhibit. There must have been a couple of hundred, each one different and unique. We walked all around and up and down. The signs around the park with their English translations always made us chuckle. We were also amused by the guided tours that led the strings of tourists quickly right through the heart of the park to the pagoda, and then back to the exit, never really giving them a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Tiger Hill
we were escorted out at 5:30 when it closed. Once outside we considered taking the gondola ride through the canals, but decided that we had seen and done enough for one day, so we gat a taxi and headed back to our street. We were not successful in getting all the way to the coffee shop and had to take a rickshaw tricycle the last couple of kilometers.

Back at the hostel we tried to book a train to Beijing and discovered that it was to late unless we wanted to get the ticket from a 3rd party, and it wouldn’t be a soft sleeper. Evidently the trains are very popular because they are very cheap.  We decided to go online and book a flight from Shanghai to Beijing. Now all we had to do was to make sure we got to Shanghai airport before midnight on the 16th!

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Master of the Nets
Master of the Nets
no Whiffing!
no Whiffing!
Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill
Typical Cannal
Typical Cannal
Water lillies in the park
Water lillies in the park
Inside the garden
Inside the garden
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photo by: sylviandavid