- Fuzhou- saw The Lingering Garden and the bonsai trees
- Boat ride through the canals in Fuzhou
- Silk factory- saw how silk thread and fabric is made
- Cruise ride in Shanghai on the Huangpu River
- Walking on the Bund at night
Day 11 of the China Service Trip. Sadly, it was our last day before going home. What made this day different was the fact that Vivian wasn’t with me to enjoy it more. We got on the bus in the morning and traveled to Fuzhou. The coolest part of The Lingering Garden was the bonsai trees, each a unique shape. Around the perimeter of the garden, there were rocks that looked like animals, mountains, etc. My mom took a picture of a rock that looked like a buffalo. We saw mosaics along the pathway and most of them were shaped like animals. One had a design with bats circling around it. Our guide told us it meant something about longevity and wealth.
Next we moved on to the silk factory. We saw how silk thread was made in ancient times and in the present, and even live silk worms eating mulberry leaves. A lady who was “quality control” tossed the bad cocoons in a basket and left the good ones to keep making their way down the conveyor belt. Automated spinners spun tiny threads from 5-6 cocoons at the same time to make thicker thread on a roll. Then, the thread was thickened again by spinning 5 rolls together into one big roll. I was the last person to exit the room because the machines were so fascinating! In another room, we saw ladies stretch layer upon layer of silk to be used for blankets, comforters, etc. The layers of silk that were laid out felt soft and fluffy. A few of the girls got to try out stretching the silk. Since it was their first time, they didn’t stretch it quite right so the ladies had to help them. Finally, it was time to buy some silk products. All the girls bought something. Even Mr. Wu bought two new ties! We bought two scarves for friends and I was able to get a black velvet Qipao with red silk piping and frog buttons for Christmas.
Later that night, we went on a scenic cruise in Shanghai on the Huangpu River. I was so glad that Vivian and her mom were able to rejoin us. My mom and I took close-ups of the cool buildings. They looked exceptionally amazing at night because they were lit up with colorful lights. After we got off the boat, we walked on the Bund. It was very exciting and there were people everywhere. As we were walking by, we saw several brides and grooms getting their pictures taken with the colorful buildings behind them. Two brides were wearing red bridal gowns because that is a Chinese tradition. We even saw brides in purple and green dresses!
– Mia, age 13