We spent the morning doing boring stuff. Like washing and trying to slim down the amount we were carrying in our bags. We decided to send some stuff home, I can imagine how excited my family will be to receive a parcel all the way from China. and then their faces when thy open it up and find my old jeans and Steve's cast offs inside.
The post office was typically Chinese. Sending a parcel involved filling out loads of forms which each cost money,and then lots of queuing and several different counters and members of the staff, who would check the forms stamp things, duplicate things and generally try and unsuccessfully make it look like they were earning the £35 it cost to send it. Afterwards we went to some walled gardens right in the middle of the city. Inside it was so calm and much cooler. There were rocks everywhere with paths and grottos carved out. It was sprinkled with ornate pagodas and temples. All surrounded by huge ponds filled with hundreds of giant Koi carp and turtles. The whole garden looked really out of place as if it had just been dropped there. I can always tell how much I liked a place by how many photos I find on my phone afterwards. I took loads more here than I did at the Great Wall. Afterwards we went back to the arcade and played for hours. Some kids were challenging us on these car games and they kept whipping our asses, so we just kept playing them again and again until eventually we won (I think they let us win out of pitty). We made that our last game and moved on quickly before they had a chance to beat us. By the time we got out it was dark and we walked back along the bund. This time all the futuristic looking skyscrapers were lit up like Las Vegas some of them were like one big giant tv screen. It looked really impressive and there were hundreds of people just milling around it felt a bit like New Year's Eve. We stopped and leant in some railings to take some pictures until a policeman came up and told us to get off the railings. I fought the urge to tell him where to get off.