20.12.2008 10 °C
Leaving behind the cosmopolitan city, we set sail to a less chaotic one.
On the outskirts of metropolitan Shanghai, the bus hurried past endless farmland. Poverty and farming didn't sit quite well together here; a typical image of the rural areas of China.
Some of the farmers' houses were probably 6 storeys tall. These were the well-to-do farmers who dwelled comfortably at the fringe of a world city. They settled here by choice to 'live in a house, a very big house in the country'.
The predominantly subsistence farming lay in the opposite end (from city) of the commercial farms (Hong Qiao) in Pudong (East of Huang Pu River which the city flanks) area. The fruits below belonged to the mega-farms of multi-million dollars investment.
Pricey tea in Hangzhou. Just like Hong Qiao agricultural zone, this was a tourist attraction (more of a tourist trap in fact). The temperature dropped at the tea plantation and the night turned chilly but the view of the idyllic rural landscape was lovely while it lasted.
That was the end of the short trip.