Garden of Happiness – Day Five

On Tuesday, our tour guides took us to an old Chinese downtown market. When we were at the market, we went to a pearl shop and discovered how to tell the difference between genuine pearls and fake ones. The employees at the shop also opened up a live oyster and showed us the pearls inside!

Our tour guides with their Thunder gear

After shopping at the market, we headed to a local teahouse and enjoyed a traditional Chinese tea-time. The tea was grown in China and made by a local Chinese woman. We were able to sample up to six different types of tea. Yum!

We left the teahouse and walked a short distance to the Yu Garden, which means Garden of Happiness. It was full of bonsai trees, dragon walls, koi ponds, and ancient Chinese structures.

The garden made for great photos

After, we went to the world famous Nanjing Road. This road is a major tourist attraction for shopping, of course. It has been known to have up to 1.7 million visitors a day.

We returned to the hotel to freshen up and then headed out to enjoy dinner. We ended our day with a Chinese acrobatics show performed at the Shanghai Circus World. The show was full of amazing tumbling acts, balancing skills, contortionists, dancers, singers, and so much more. We definitely picked up some new tricks to take home to Rumble!