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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 7th 2018

I woke up pretty early, but after having had a very early start yesterday, I lazed in bed for a while longer not wanting to move. Eventually, I got up and we headed out. Our first stop of the day was breakfast. After returning our key card and being given some bottles of iced tea and breakfast recommendations from the hotel reception staff we were on our way. We passed by the first place they recommended and decided to see what the other places looked like. Pretty much as soon as we saw the second place, we decided to go in. Dumplings for breakfast! Definitely one of my favourite meals. The restaurant was pretty busy inside, lots of people enjoying a late breakfast or early lunch. We ordered at the counter, the menu on the wall ... read more
Taihu Wetland Park
Taihu Wetland Park

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 6th 2018

We arrived in Suzhou at lunchtime and headed to the main downtown area to find some lunch. We had looked up some of Suzhou's famous food online and headed to a place that served sour vegetable fish soup. My friend said it was a Suzhou dish, but after doing my own research it appears to be a Sichuan dish. Why does all the best food in China originate from Sichuan? I don't know if my friend meant that the restaurant we were going to was a famous restaurant in Suzhou (I saw several posts advertising the place around Suzhou) or whether the other soup, a tomato based one, that the restaurant offers was a traditional Suzhou dish. We ordered the soup and some shrimp tempura to snack on while we waiting for the soup. The meals ... read more
The Humble Administrator's Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou May 15th 2018

On day six of our China adventure we travelled by bus from Hangzhou to Suzhou, our first stop was at the Master of the Nets garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesising art, nature, and architecture to create unique masterpieces which explore the fundamental question regarding the nature of concepts such as being, existence and reality. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery. The Master of the Nets garden, originally called Ten Thousand Volume Hall, was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minister of the Southern Song Dynasty government who was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a ... read more
The house surrounding the Master of the Nets garden
Master of the Nets garden
Master of the Nets Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou May 4th 2018

Unfortunately, no matter where you live in China, (and I assume anywhere else abroad) you are bound to have what we foreigners call a 'Bad China Day'. This is where essentially everything will go wrong. It will be the biggest thing like missing your trains to the smallest thing like having to re-walk stairs in extreme heat just to switch a gondola ticket for a ticket you already have to get your gondola ticket.... a system that seems completely void. This blog post is to enlighten you followers on what it is like to go through a Bad China Day, best way to combat it and to know you're not alone if you plan on coming to China. First off, I don't want what seems like a life time of struggles to put anyone off coming ... read more
Gondola Photo Shoot
Nanjing Gondola

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

The first few weeks of China... well to be honest I felt like a lost toddler in a supermarket many times. To get myself sorted, I found myself people who I consider my China family - Tim was the first addition to the family, he became like my older brother. We both come from NZ and actually met through a mutual friend via Facebook as he came from the UK to China as opposed to NZ like myself but we met up in Beijing for the TEFL course and it just so happened we were going to be working together at Disney English for the year. When we arrived in Suzhou, we were both placed at the same hotel for three weeks. There was not one day in my first three weeks of China I did ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

There comes a time when you need to just buy all your stuff in one go for your apartment and what better way to do it than to IKEA? Sounds like a fun day out, super chill, no stress, local right? One critical factor to this story is that it happened in China so of course, it was yet another adventure for us foreigners. So if anyone reading this blog is not a kiwi and never been to New Zealand, we have nothing to even compare ourselves to the wonders of IKEA. Going to IKEA was just another trip for the American's that came along. For Tim but more so for myself, it was like having a second Christmas in a year that no one pre warned me about. IKEA IS LIFE. But because we were ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 13th 2018

By this point in time, I was very well settled in Suzhou. I have amazing friends and have become quite the social butterfly. But to an extent that I did not even realise. After a year of flatting with Americans then a year with just one Irish girl, feeling like a challenge, I made the decision to flat alone. I was getting to the point I just needed some me time and a place to calm down and reconnect with my inner self. What better way to do this than in a beautiful two bedroomed apartment with a massive 52 inch tv on the 16th floor with a great view and have it all to myself!? Of course, moving into a new flat is not complete without a house warming party. So I decided by October ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 8th 2018

I have finally decided that because lately, well for the past two years eight months, has been such a whirlwind of adventures and hilarious moments of the ups and downs, it was time I shared them on a blog because then years later if I'm not sitting alone at home with 28 cats and actually have managed to find a guy, settle down and have kids, then I have a place they can read about my time in China. So where to start? Well let's start with how I actually got here. This is the most common question I get asked when they hear about China; "why China!?". Well, just like Ash chooses his Pokemon, China basically said, "I choose you Maria!". I was all set to go to the UK. I had my primary degree ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 8th 2018

One thing that definitely deserves it's own blog because it is a whole other world of it's own is the party life of China. Remember, I come from a small "city" (after China I struggle to see Christchurch as city it's more a small town), that after earthquakes rocked the city we were left with no town to party at so it would be drinks at your friend's flat. Also, being in NZ drinks were so expensive you would always predrink/pregame (for the American's I'll add that in), before going out so you really only had to buy one or two while in town. Well let me take you down a completely different path of experiences when I came to China. I first experienced what the party life was like when I spent that one week ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou October 8th 2016

8th Oct: Since we had the whole day ahead of us, we decided to head in a different direction to yesterday. Instead of going to the main area, which has all the gardens in it, we took the subway in a different direction, near to where the Tiger Hill Scenic Spot is. Looking on the map, we figured out that we could walk there via Shantang Street, which is another walking street, similar to the street we had been on the day before. I had expected this street to be more like the one we had visited, however it surprised me as it was quite different. While the street yesterday was definitely geared towards tourists, this one was more for the locals. The shops sold normal everyday things and we able to get some fruits and ... read more
Yifeng Garden
Yifeng Garden
Yifeng Garden

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