From Shanghai to Louyang, first peonies
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Breakfast was at the 31st floor of the hotel, with a view toward the Huangpu river, however, we couldn't really see much because of the fog. There were Chinese and western style foods for breakfast buffet, so I had to try not to eat too much!
After breakfast, we boarded the bus to go to YuYuan market place (same place as the City God's temple), we walked around the market and took pictures. I had been here on my last trip, and it didn't look too different. The Starbucks was still at the same place, and there was also a Haagen Daz in here! I mostly window shopped, although I thought about buying a Mahjong set.
Next stop is a duty free shop, where we were shown a pearl oyster from Tai Lake. It had 36 fresh water pearls inside, although they were all very small.
Lunch was early at about 11am, and then we went to the airport to get on our flight to Zhengchou. It seems that the Louyang airport was very small and only had smaller airplanes which may or may not be on time or even able to get in due to the bad visibility there. So the tour favored going to Zhenchou, the provicial capital of Henan. Our China Eastern airplane was an airbus A320, and it was pretty new. The flight was about 1 hour 25 minutes. Then we had a 2 hour 30 minutes bus ride! The expressway we took was just finished last year, so it was a brand new highway, in good condition, with not many cars. It was a toll road, as many in China are. The speed limit was 100 km/h.
I didn't get to look out the window during flight. But it was hard to see very far here also on the bus. The air was thick with dirt and dust and it was very windy. The highway went through mostly rural areas, with fields of wheat, mustard, and date trees. The ground was flat, with many and frequent "valleys" made by water over the years. They were kind of terraced, with wheat and other plants growing very close to all the available areas. I could see occasional farm houses, sometimes a farmer or two, and some with a flock of sheep. And in the fields, I could see mounds of tombs scattered here and there. Although cremation was the way preached on signs on walls.
We drove into Louyang, and took the longest street across town, a city of more than 2 million people.
At least they had a business center with internet connection. (last night's hotel has free ADSL in each room, but I did not bring a laptop on this trip).
The hotel had a lobby almost as big as a football field (it felt like anyway), and it probably needed it when all the tour groups were checking in and out.
It was warm when we landed this afternoon, but after dinner, it was raining and the temperature dropped a few more degrees. Supposedly it would be colder tomorrow yet.