This past Wednesday I participated in another Shanghai and Beyond tour. This one was a whole day on sericulture – silkworm farming.
We visited a silk bedding factory, a family that raises the worms and then a mulberry orchard.
I realized how little I knew about silk!
Did you know that silkworms are blind?
That 8000 cocoons are needed to created 3lbs of silk floss?
That this type of silkworm only eats mulberry leaves?
That there is a Spring and Fall season? And that the Spring silk is more expensive because the worms have less predators in the Spring, thus producing stronger silk?
It was a great day with great people!
Every night at our hotel there is a speciality item featured at dinner. Thursday night is Peking Duck.
Needless to say Thursday is our favorite night!
While walking around on Sunday we walked into a mall that had a panda exhibit. There were a ton of them!
Rich and decided to explore a new area on Sunday and visited a cool pop up shop that had music, drinks, clothing and jewelry (both new and vintage).
It was quite the Chinese hipster scene…
After strolling through the Gubei area of Shanghai we decided to stop to relax with a nice bottle of wine.