2011 - Backpacking to Shanghai day 8, 9, 10

Backpacking to Shanghai
18 winter days in China
29 Nov - 16 Dec 2011
at Huang Shan Railway Station (K162 at Y105 pp with sleeper) departing at 9.08am
Day 08 (06.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) > train > Nanjing

Today is a traveling day. After breakfast we took a taxi to the HuangShan Railway Station (K162 at Y105 pp with sleeper) departing at 9.08am for a 6.5 hour journey to Nanjing West Railway Station. At the station we bought the high speed train ticket for travel to Taian on the 8th - please note that for foreigner, the passport is required to purchase the fast train ticket. We took a taxi to Nanjing Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel. Four of us stayed in dormitory at Y40 pp. We had the first hot-pot dinner for this trip. As it was drizzling we did not walk much to explore the town.

Temperature: 5°C (min) and 12°C (max)
Accommodation: Nanjing Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel dormitory at Y40 pp
HuangShan train station departing at 9.08am for a 6.5 hour journey to Nanjing
Nanjing Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel : dormitory at Y40 pp
The main entrance to the Cultural City bustling with shops, restaurants and a snack street housed in traditional Chinese architectural buildings.

boating at night in the Qin Huai River was a main attraction of the city
had the first hot-pot dinner for this trip

Day 09 (07.12.2011) Nanjing

Breakfast was at KFC and then walked to the Metro Subway to visit The Memorial Hall of the victims in Nanjing massacre by Japanese Invaders. Had sweet potatoes for lunch and took the Metro subway to visit the Tomb of the Ming dynasty. Took the subway back and had dinner at S & K fast Food. It was a wet day as it was raining throughout the day.

Temperature: 5°C (min) and 10°C (max)
Accommodation: Nanjing Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel dormitory at Y40 pp
Cultural City arch by the Qin Huai river front

The Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre was built by Nanjing Municipal Government in 1985 and extended in 1995, covering an area of 28,000 sq meters (302,400 sq ft). It is located in Jiangdongmen, one of the execution sites and mass burial places of the massacre. Solemn and imposing, the grey marble architecture consists of three parts: the outdoor exhibits, the remaining bones of the victims and the exhibition hall for historical documents.
After 8 years of resistance, in 1945 the brave Chinese people eventually drove the Japanese invaders out of China's homeland and the war criminals got what they deserved. However Chinese people will never forget the history. In 6 weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese people were killed including women and children.
outdoor exhibits all vividly represent grief and indignation, life and death
a picture of the Japanese surrender to the Americans
The remaining bones of victims in the massacre, which were excavated from Jiangdongmen in 1985, are exhibited in a coffin-shaped display hall. There were 208 more bones uncovered from this 'pits of tens thousands bodies' in 1998. Another tomb-like exhibition hall, which is buried half underground, contains over 1000 items that illustrate the terrible tragedy of Nanjing. Paintings, sculptures and illuminated display cabinets and multi-media screens as well as documentary films all contribute to this reminder of the horrendous crimes perpetrated on the Chinese people.
The Shengong Shengde stele in the Sifangcheng pavilion

The Sacred Way is a 1800-meter-long starts near the Sifangcheng pavilion. It includes sections: the Elephant Road and the Wengzhong Road. The Elephant Road is lined by 12 pairs of 6 kinds (lions, xiezhi, camels, elephants, qilin, and horses), guarding the tomb. Along the Wengzhong Road has four pairs of ministers and generals (or warrior guardian figures).
Stone Camel on Sacred Way

Lingxing Gate at the end of the "Wengzhong Road"
Statue of a military official on the Spirit Way (the "Wengzhong Road" section)
a civil official on the "Wengzhong Road"
the path to the Inner Red Gate
a beautiful lake near by

Kangxi Emperor's stele of homage to his Ming predecessor of 300 years before

Ming Lou, the main building of Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Day 10 (08.12.2011) Nanjing > train > Taian (Shandong)

Breakfast in our room with coffee and bread. We then walked to the Confucius temple and the riverside to take photos as it was a sunny day. We took a quick lunch at the S & K Fast Food and then walked to Sanshanjie Subway to get to the Nanjing South Railway station to catch the 2.42pm fast CRH train to Taian arriving at 4.50 pm. The average train speed is 310 kph. When we came out of the train station, the temperature was at 4C. We took a taxi (Y29.50) to Taian International Youth Hostel (Y130 a room for two) which is near to the Dai Temple and had dinner at one of the restaurant (Y108) nearby.

Temperature: -6°C (min) and 4°C (max)
Accommodation: Taishan International Youth Hostel (Y130 a room for two)

the statues of the famous teachers and educators of the past

Cultural City with shops, restaurants and snack street in traditional buildings
Confucius Temple

Qin Huai River a branch of the great Yangtze River
Qin Huai River , in the southwest of the city, extends one hundred kilometers. The river used to be the most flourishing part of Nanjing in the old days.

building in the style of Ming Dynasty
Nanjing South Railway station to catch the 2.42pm fast CRH train to Taian

average train speed is 310 kph

at Taian train station arriving at 4.50 pm
Taishan International Youth Hostel (Y130 a room for two)

.. .RMBY . . . .RM . .Total Per pax

a. Taxi - Laojie st.- Tunxi Long distance bus stn 8.00 4

Day 8
b. Taxi- Nanjing bus stn. To Fuzimiao IYH 27.00 14

c. High speed CRH train tickets 1,020.00 510

d. Steamboat dinner - Da Mei Restaurant 118.00 59

e. Room - Fuzimiao IYH (FZM) 160.00 80

1,333 333.25

a. B'fast - KFC 59.00 30

Day 9
b. Metro to Yunjiulu stn 8.00 4

c. Sweet potatoes 20.00 10

d. Metro - Yunjiulu stn to Muxuyuan stn 12.00 6

e. Entrance fees - Mausoleum of Ming tombs 280.00 140

f. Bus - Mingtombs to Gulou 4.00 2

g. Metro - Gulou to Sanshanjie stn 8.00 4

h. Bread 70.80 35

i. Dinner - SK Restaurant 81.00 41

j. Room - Fuzimiao IYH (FZM) 160.00 80

703 175.70

a. KFC - soya bean drinks 24.00 12

b. Lunch - SK Restaurant 61.00 31

c. Metro-Sanshanjie-Nanjing South railway stn 8.00 4

d. CRH train tickets - Tai'an to Shanghai 1,500.00 750

e. Taxi - train stn to Taishan IYH 28.00 14

f. Dinner - Jianguan Restaurant, Tai'an 108.00 54

g. Room - Taishan IYH 256.00 128

1,985 496.25

Total expenses for day 8, 9, 10 per person is Y1005 or RM502

Day 01 (29.11.2011) AirAsia Kul - Hangzhou D7-306 17552225 hrs
Day 02 (30.11.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake walking)

Day 03 (01.12.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake cycling)
Day 04 (02.12.2011) Hangzhou by bus to Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake)
Day 05 (03.12.2011) Qiandao Lake - ferry - Shendu - bus - Tunxi (Huangshan City)
Day 06 (04.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Mt.Huangshan
Day 07 (05.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Hongcun & Xidi
Day 08 (06.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - by train to Nanjing

Day 09 (07.12.2011) Nanjing
Day 10 (08.12.2011) Nanjing by train to Taian (Shandong)
Day 11 (09.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Qufu
Day 12 (10.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Mt. Taishan
Day 13 (11.12.2011) Taian by train to Shanghai
Day 14 (12.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Suzhou
Day 15 (13.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to The Bund
Day 16 (14.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Zhujiajiao the ancient water village
Day 17 (15.12.2011) Shanghai - Tian Zi Fang, Yuyuan garden & shopping

Day 18 (16.12.2011) Shanghai by train to Hangzhou AirAsia D7-303 to K Lumpur 14101910 hrs


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