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Day Thirteen: October 27, 2007

Our last day in China was probably the easiest, despite being on our own for the whole day. There was a certain relief in knowing we’d be going home the next day and our free day was relatively stress-free. It was actually kind of fun walking around Shanghai with my mom. Before leaving for China, I had been stressed out about spending so much time in her company but we ended up doing some bonding and I’m really glad we went together.

Our first stop was the French Concession, where we had a light lunch in this really cute book-cafe joint. We walked around, checked out the European architecture and then went to the Yu Garden area to see parts of the market we hadn’t seen the previous day. (By keeping out of the “inside” part of the market, we discovered the real hagglers’ paradise. Knockoff Tokidoki bag, I love you.) We headed back to the hotel as night settled on the city.

There are only a few photographs from our last day but you can begin with Lantern. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Twelve: October 26, 2007

Our second day in Shanghai and our last day with a guide. It was incredibly busy but the highlights were the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Garden. We also saw a show by the Shanghai Acrobats that evening.

Begin with 8:38 Skyline and go forward from there. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Eleven: October 25, 2007

There’s only one picture I posted for our eleventh day in China. Our last site in Guilin was the Reed Flute Cave—we then boarded a plane for Shanghai and I didn’t take any photographs until the next day.

View Reflections in the context of the entire set. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Ten: October 24, 2007

Our first day in Guilin was amazing, albeit long. We spent the majority of the day floating down the Li River. The scenery was breath-taking at times. Seeing the locals going about their day as usual on the river banks was awesome. We saw their homes, their animals, their children, sometimes their livelihoods. Our tour company describes the Li River as “classical Chinese landscapes—bamboo groves, sleey villages, fishermen on bamboo rafts, cormorants, water buffalo, soaring karst innacles and mist shrouded peaks,” and they make no exaggeration.

Our day begins with 8:04 Skyline. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Nine: October 23, 2007

We ended our Yangtze journey in Chongqing. Here, we visited the Chongqing Zoo (which is definitely the most depressing zoo I’ve ever been to—it’s no “conservation society” by any stretch of the imagination) and the “Old Street” to see how real Chinese live their lives. The area was bustling with activity—children, businesses, animals, mopeds and scooters and motorcycles. It engaged all the senses because there was so much going on around us. And for once, we weren’t looking at the back of other tourists’ heads because there weren’t any, except ourselves.

You can start with Giant Panda and see the rest of our day from there. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Eight: October 22, 2007

Our eighth day begins with Morning Fog. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.

Day Six: October 20, 2007

The Yangtze River cruise was the most relaxing part of our trip. The boat was smallish and humble but it floated. The plumbing wasn’t great but eventually the tub drained. Our cabin was small but it gave me the opportunity to finally be alone and read—which is pretty much all I did. We spent four nights on board, stopping every day at a new town for a shore excursion. The rest of the day was free time. I didn’t take many photographs during this portion of the trip. Instead, I periodically looked up from my book and watched as the world float by.

You can start here and go forward. Or view the entire set, China Trip: October 2007.