For the last 3 days, Monday through Wednesday, we’ve been enjoying the Chinese holiday known as the Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival, Duan Wu Jie, means double fifth as it falls on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Duan Wu commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. There are stories that follow, one in which Qu Yuan commits suicide by grasping onto a large stone and throwing himself into the river and the locals take out on their boats to find him but as with many Chinese stories there are many versions and I don’t want to make anyone mad so I’ll leave it at that.
We decided to drive to Wuxi and spend a little time there. It’s about 2 hours outside of Shanghai with lots of green areas for Bernie to walk. Upon visiting a park at the base of the hills we came across the longest set of stairs going straight up I’ve ever seen (I’ve never been to the pyramids okay?!). We took the first 1,000 steps, cooled down and went back down. On a cooler day we will go back and go all the way up…to where I don’t know but that’s not important, it’s the journey people, it’s all about the journey.