|Today Peggy and I mastered the trains! The Shanghai station was very spiffy - modern, clean and easily decipherable. The train ride to Yangzhou was about 5 hours long, but it gave us the opportunity to observe some of the rural and suburban Chinese landscape. I sat next to a very charming, friendly and talkative gentleman, who turned out to have been a harbormaster in Shanghai. (I don't want to delude you that my Chinese skills have gotten that good - he spoke English very well.) What are the odds that I would run into someone in the shipping industry? Anyway, we chatted about shipping here and in the states and basically exchanged life stories (it was a very long train ride). So now I have an open invitation to stay with Mr. Xu when I go back to Shanghai, which I explained may not be too soon.
After arriving in Yangzhou we were met by people from the local university's college of tourism. We were taken to a lovely hotel and learned more about Yangzhou over an incredible buffet dinner with both western and Chinese dishes. My favorite was the duck soup.