On April 18, we finally arrived after almost 20 plus hour from East coast of USA. Singapore was a very clean city.Most everybody can speak English at the airport.
The city has so many interesting ethnic enclaves, Chinatown Little India, Malaysian, with multiple religions. They seem to co-exist peacefully. The peace and order plus the cleanliness of the city is really amazing. We visited the Night Zoo. My review of this is incomparable to the National Zoo, being I used to worked there and had seen most of the animals. Plus , the National Zoo in Washington DC is free entrance.
It is easy to get around the city with different kinds of transportation. We elected to hire a taxi that took our group of 9 passengers everywhere. The most fascinating was the Sands Hotel that gives a view of the whole city, plus the huge swimming pool on the top floor. It was a very romantic scene with the full moon shining between the buildings, wedding photo shoots of couple on the quay at night.
Most of the Countries, Thailand, Vietnam were impressive with local vendors selling everything in their markets. The tropical fruits were a delight for me, Durian, Mangosteen, dragon fruits, and other that has exotic taste, including tree ripened flavor bananas and mangoes.
Hong Kong, Shanghai, were huge crowds of human everywhere, great shopping paradise. Busan , S. Korea offered another culture that is interesting with their huge display of varieties of sea foods, alive in the Fish Market.
Dalian City in China is delightful, cool and much Russian and Japanese influenced architecture and part of their languages mixed in with Chinese. We have extended stay in Beijing, enjoyed the tour of Tianjin , authentic northern Chinese cuisine. Had hired local tour operator for two days tour of local area of Beijing, since most of our group had been their on 3rd trip here and seen the usual tourist attractions, Great Walls, Ming Tomb, Forbidden City. Our Hotel, Days Inn was within walking distance of Tiananman Square, local parks and the old town of Wangfuxing. Have to be adventuresome to walk to the Food Market and tasted their local cooking. Helps to speak some Chinese.
This is the first time that I went to Asia and didn't catch any illness. Diamond Princess does keep a high standard of cleanliness. Enjoyed the ship facilities of the two swimming pool, one covered roof, different activities plus Catholic services offered daily.Opportunities to dance every night to the wonderful live music played on different clubs plus lessons on line dancing, zumba. The afternoon Tea was another delightful past tie to meet your new found friends on the ship.