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From Shanghai to Louyang, first peonies

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The Nan Xiang bun restaurant, very popular with locals, serving steamed buns with meat inside at only 8RMB per steamer (of 16 small buns)

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.

Outside the restaurant, a Chinese opera is being conducted by the local residents
There were pearl necklaces, pendants, powders and lotions for sale here.

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.

Some wood carvings for sale in the Yuyuan marketplace

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.

A man playing the flute in Yuyuan marketplace
The eastern part where we came in was the muslim area, where we could see some onion tomed mosques, and restaurants advertising muslim cuisines. In the middle of the town were 2 of the places we would visit tomorrow, so I won't go into them here. It was interesting to see that the street had green grass islands on both sides of the traffic lanes, then the slow lanes and sidewalks. But at the end of each green grass islands were hundreds of flowers in pots, grouped together so they looked like they were planted there, but they were just placed on the ground. We ate at a restaurant at the western part of town, and our hotel Hua Yang Plaza Hotel was nearby. There was one peony plant in the restaurant, but the hotel lobby had a lot of peony plants in pots, in light pink, deeper pink and purple, giving us a taste of what we would see tomorrow.

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.

 

baokeke says:
I'm from Luoyang
Posted on: Jun 22, 2008
stevenguyen says:
i have a friend who lives in Luoyang... I should pay him a visit. Usually how is it over there around the summer?
Posted on: Sep 11, 2006
portia says:
A mahjong set is like a Chinese card game played with bone or ivory pieces.
Posted on: Apr 29, 2006
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Outside the restaurant, a Chinese…
Some wood carvings for sale in the…
Some wood carvings for sale in th…
A man playing the flute in Yuyuan …
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The western restaurants inside Yuy…
The western restaurants inside Yu…
Pearl oyster from the Tai lake
Pearl oyster from the Tai lake
Airplane from Shanghai to Zhengzhou
Airplane from Shanghai to Zhengzhou
The airport at Zhengzhou, apparent…
The airport at Zhengzhou, apparen…
Farm fields somewhere between Zhen…
Farm fields somewhere between Zhe…
A more typical view outside the wi…
A more typical view outside the w…
A very unique looking dish at dinn…
A very unique looking dish at din…
The restaurant where we had dinner…
The restaurant where we had dinne…
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