Monday, August 22, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
After our tour of Lake Taihu, we took Bus 20 and intended to go back to Zhongshan Road to have lunch but along the way we spotted a building with a big banner of Carrefour Supermarket. (Cannot remember the name of the building or road.), so we alighted and walked into the building. Saw a small cafeteria selling local food, looks good. It was similar to our local economical food stall back in Singapore. We just selected the dish and pay at the cashier. Our lunch was around S$8 three dishes and one soup and two bowls of white rice.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Our sightseeing for Day 5 is to Lake Taihu. Actually, we planned to visit the Grand Buddha at Lingshan about an hour away and was a bit far from the city. As it was raining heavily, we cancelled the plan to visit the Grand Buddha cause it was really a very big open space without much shelter not suitable for a raining day. So we changed to visit Lake Taihu and no plan to take any ferry cause of the rain and a very bad weather. So we took Bus 20 from the bus stop, which is at the side of our hotel. Best to take bus to Lake Taihu instead of taxi (of course unless you have hired private car or bus). Cause taking taxi to Lake Taihu is no problem but coming back from Lake Taihu to city by taxi will be a problem cause there wont be much taxi in the vicinity. So taking bus to Lake Taihu, will ensure the location of the bus stop, so easier to take bus back from Lake Taihu to city. The bus terminated at a theme park. (Forgotten the name of the theme park), no admission on that day cause of the rain, so we could easily walked through the theme park and exit by the side gate to the lake otherwise we need to walk out by the main road. Hahaha, was so eerie and deserted, hubby and me were the only tourists there, no other tourists or locals. We walked for about less than 10 minutes and arrived by the side gate of the theme park and exited this side gate and crossed the road to reach the lake. If not for a wedding at a restaurant, it really was so scary to be the only two tourists there. So inconvenient to carry the huge and heavy umbrella around cause of the rain. For those who wished to take the ferry, can take Bus K1 or K87 bus to Yuantouzhu. Ship Route: Take regular ship at Yuantouzhu Wharf (The last ship is at 15:00) For more information, please view source..
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Our hotel stay included daily breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast buffet is international and has a great varieties. We went for our breakfast around 8.30 am and were the first two early birds, hahaha. I guess the raining season must be too comfy to sleep in, as guests started to come in for breakfast only after 9 plus am. Two open concept kitchens, can request them to cook soup noodles, fry sunny up eggs, etc. Very worth to stay in this grand hotel with great breakfast buffet.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
As it was still raining, people are most probably staying home to avoid the rain. Only tourists like us, have no choice, rain or shine, we had to do what a tourist need to do. It was really so quiet and dark at the popular Nanchan Temple Pedestrian Shopping Street. We came here again on our last day during the day (without the rain), yes , it was really crowded here when the weather was fine. Took the metro to Nanchan Temple Station and walked towards the Nanchan Temple. Nanchan Temple was built during the Southern Dynasty (549 A.D.) and was originally called Huguo Temple. During the reign of Emperor Xianheng of the Tang Dynasty, the name of Huguo Temple was changed to Lingshan Temple. Not until the reign of Emperor Tiansheng of the Song Dynasty, did it get the name Nanchan Temple. The area surrounding Nanchan Temple is home to markets selling stamps, coins, flowers, birds and antiques. With its snack bar and teahouse, the area offers a complete experience of food, accommodation, transportation, sights, shopping and entertainment. During the daytime, visitors can view the flowers and go shopping, while in the evening they can appreciate the nightlife under the glow of the temple and tower lights. (Source) More photos about this popular shopping street when we visited again on our last day in Wuxi.