Humble Administrator's Garden
A Unesco World Heritage site, and probably the most famous and certainly largest of the four classical gardens in town.
After Nanjing, it was a quick 1h high speed rail ride eastwards for what should be my penultimate stop in my stay here in China - Suzhou. My plan of course is to eventually end up in Shanghai, but this historical city was en route, and I felt it warranted at least a bit of a look.
Apparently there's an old Chinese saying, "In Heaven, there's Paradise; on Earth, there's Suzhou and Hangzhou". Held in such high regard is the beauty of this historic city, whose importance in the Jiangsu provincial region far predates even that of mighty Shanghai. I have to say though, that my first knowledge of the city is really from its industrial park lying in the outskirts, because it originated from a joint venture with the government of my home country Singapore, which was much-publicised back home (along with some related difficulties in dealings with the Chinese counterparts).
Nevertheless, I decided against spending my rather brief stay here checking out the industrial park, but rather rightfully looked at its famous gardens and canals,and museums. In particular, Suzhou has four famous gardens, all dating back hundreds of years to the Ming dynasty, and I believe at
I finally catch of glimpse of one of those classic Chinese archway canal bridges that I always visualise when thinking of old, dynastic China.
least two of which have been declared Unesco World Heritage sites. Apart from these well-preserved and curated features, some old canals still zig-zag their way across the city, crossed by very classic-looking Chinese archway bridges, and fringed by willowy wisteria. There might have been some truth in that old Chinese saying after all...
Stayed at Shangyouke Hotel.
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