Travelled to Tianjin in a packed warm 737 for 3 hours! On the way to the hotel experienced a hair raising drive weaving in and out of traffic (cars, bikes, motorbikes, trucks, 3 wheel vehicles, buses, etc) tooting and near missing all the way and the driver drove down the wrong side of the road to get to the hotel. Went out for a Chinese banquet with Max’s colleagues where there were many courses I had never seen before. We each received a local artwork from the university. Next day at shopping centre Malcolm managed to communicate the need to use a toilet by demonstrating with legs crossed and clutching his groin much to the amusement of all. Discovered a lovely coffee shop called Paris Baguette. The next day we had a guide from the university called Tracy who took us to various historical sites. Saw traditional Chinese buildings alongside large modern structures, Italian Style town where there were different European restaurants. Visited Max’s colleague Ping’s new 3 storey house in the ‘country’. Today, Saturday ,we met Charlotte, Ping’s niece, who accompanied us as interpreter for the day. Visited the Tianjin Radio and TV Tower and had coffee in the revolving restaurant 415 metres up. On the way out Malcolm won a lucky dip and received a silk on paper wall hanging. Next stop China House Museum which was built with millions of ancient porcelain flakes. Went to the busiest and most prosperous shopping street and had lunch at Pizza Hut where Pam had her first proper meal then visited St Joseph’s Cathedral the biggest Catholic church in Tianjing in the heart of the city where a wedding was in progress – absolutely beautiful church. Watched Eagles beat Carlton. Yay!!!!!