Monday, November 21, 2005

Final Day

Our final day before departure was spent at the Jade Buddha Temple. Although relatively recent at this site (1918) the main attraction are two huge white jade Buddhas. The site is full of tourists and believers dressed all in black who in fact were being welcomed to the faith in a ceremony while we were there.

Our next stop was a five story bookstore that was completely crowded with everyone especially the children's and young adult departments where there was not even a place to walk in the aisles with young readers buried in a book.

The evening was taken up with our final night banquet at a very nice restaurant that overlooked bright lights/big city Shanghai. The evening was capped off with a magnificent chocolate cake and round of Happy Birthday sung in English and Mandarin to Kathy who turned 55 exactly 15 hours before her twin sister who lives in Denver. See photos here.


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