Visiting a shopping area maybe wasn't highest on my list of desired places to go, but there was not a lot of tourist type activities that were within an hour drive of the hotel, and I really did not want to take a cab 90 miles away and risk not being able to get back.
The entrance to the shopping mall, and an interesting food stand.
I'm not completely sure I understood the message of this picture, but I'm not terribly good with icons or the abstract. Interesting though. This was just hanging on one of the glass walls outside a clothing store.
The most authentic looking area all day.
A movie theatre.
The shopping center area only took up a little over two hours of my day, so when I got back to the hotel I still have 4 hours until my husband would be finished working for the day. We had talk about taking the train to Nanjing on Saturday, so I figured I would use the rest of my free time to see what a Chinese amusement part was like. China Dinosaur Park here I come.
Eventually I realized it was only 2 pm, so yeah, that wasn't right. And then after about 10 minutes of thinking and watching I saw a sign that said - in English - that the outside attractions were closed for a little while because of the weather. Huh? It was... humid. It was not raining, it was lightening, it was not stormy, and it was not that hot. It was humid. I foudn that baffling. Also, isn't like the whole park outside? What exactly is open? Finally there was one lady who bought a ticket and I watched her go through the gates. So I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket too. The lady tried to tell me that the park was closing at 5 pm, so that took me 5 minutes to figure out. (I didn't care - I just wanted to see the scenery.) And the scenery did not disappoint.
I watched two live shows, a bird show and a walrus show. Pretty much like English shows. The parrot drove a bicycle on a wire, an emu ran out on stage, the walruses played with a ball and did flips. The rollercoaster ran twice in the two hours I was at the park. I saw the log ride go once. I did not see any other rides with riders.
The trip back to the hotel continued the excitement since when I tried to get a cab four men rushed me - I assume telling me I could not have the cab. (No English now.) Okay, okay. I won't take the cab. I'm thinking maybe there was a line, but who knows. Then a guy in a silver car tried to talk to me, I'm thinking he was telling me that he could drive me. But his car was silver and the cabs are light green. I read the travel books, only official cabs for me.
Luckily I had prepared for this possibility and the Dino Park was only a little more than a mile from the hotel, and it was straight down one road. So I just walked back, getting to enjoy more of the Changzhou scenery, and I was treated to a few more cute dinos.