Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tuesday in China
Tuesday was a half-day at the conference. The afternoon was set aside for the conference excursion to Zhouzhuang, a picturesque water village the Chinese have turned into a major tourist attraction. After about an hour and fifteen minutes on the bus, we walked around Zhouzhuang, which is a village on canals. They called it the "Venice of China", but I have to think Venice has more going for it than canals, a few picturesque bridges, and vendors trying to sell you stuff. We toured a 14th century house and an 18th century house, and it was interesting to see something more traditional than Shanghai. Then they turned us loose for another hour or so to buy stuff. We made a few purchases, including a portable go set that I was particularly fond of.