Former Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Richard W. Clark
Former Visiting Associate Professor, Human & Community Development
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Youth Development - Metro
Former Outreach Initiative Specialist
Former Director of Web Development
Former Extension Educator, Youth Development
JoAn C. Todd
Former Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Metro
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Yet another great day!
We started out pretty early this morning to catch a train from Shanghai to our next station of the trip - Hangzhou. The first nice surprise was the train station - honestly I've never seen a cleaner and more modern train station in my life! The train was equally impressive, new and clean and very comfortable. We actually wished we could fly home in a vehicle like that.
In Hangzhou, we were already expected by Director Wang of the Hydrology department. After a great lunch at our hotel we quickly took off to tour the West Lake. The lake is one of the most important sites in Chinese culture and there are many stories and legends around this lake, its islands and the temples and other artifacts in the area. We took a boat ride across the lake and visited the large pagoda. Unfortunaltely it started to rain after a while which made the visit to the Budhist Temple and Buddha statues a bit difficult. But we enjoyed every minute of it. I will get some pictures up as soon as my battery is loaded again.
Tonight we had a huge dinner at the Lou Wai Lou restaurant which is world famous for its traditional cuisine in Hangzhou. The food was excellent although some seemed at first a bit unusual. One or the other participants had some struggles with eating jellyfish, eel or seacucumber :-)
It was a long and eventful day and I will try to write more about this beautiful area after some hours of sleep. Everybody is well and enjoying this experience!