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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 13th 2009

The temperature rises unbelievable recent days. Yesterday, 12th, Feb, it was 27C, almost 81 F! I caught the news on TV that according to the meteorology record of Suzhou, this 12th Feb is the hottest one in the last 59 years! I thought the winter just said goodbye and the spring is on her road. So would you please take is easy? I really want to enjoy more days of nice spring weather. Summer, please please have a little more patience.... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 13th 2009

Winter this year in Suzhou is not quite cold as last year. We had a unexpected big snowfall in the early days of 2008. Though quite a lot of inconvenience when the snow hit us last year, now all nice memory of the beautiful picturesque view. Actually this town is really rare to meet so huge snow even in winter:)... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 12th 2009

Winter this year in Suzhou is not quite cold as last year. We had a unexpected big snowfall in the early days of 2008. Though quite a lot of inconvenience when the snow hit us last year, now all nice memory of the beautiful picturesque view. Actually this town is really rare to meet so huge snow even in winter:)... read more
Bridge in snow
Snow sofa:)
Stonepath

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 11th 2009

The Chinese dog Has a smack then a kiss then a smack again We go round in circles - he’s cute then really not He’s always hungry, always wanting, always needing, always jumping And we deliver until I get fed up, bored with it and I yell, “no” and turn my back Only to turn again and see his face, his head tilting, his seat bottom jumping back And his paw lifting to me and I bend down to kiss him and big love him And it all starts again. Over and over. Bobs ... read more
tea
brother bob
caught me

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou February 2nd 2009

On the eve of the New Chinese Year, 2009, year of the Ox, I tentatively approached a man in the old Pingjiang district of Suzhou with a hanzi hand-written request that I had asked my friend to write for me. Every morning for the previous 2 months, I had walked my dog past the little barber’s shop deep in the back lanes of Pingjiang and I’d noticed more and more of the life within the tiny shop. The man inside had become accustomed to me walking by and, after a while, on seeing me pass, every time raised his hand in a welcoming way. I saw him either through the window or through the door as I lingered for more than a normal non-breaking-stride moment. Each day his trust grew more although nothing was ever spoken ... read more
Inside the shop
wedding cuts
Cai Gen Lin

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 23rd 2009

Today is the 20 January 2009. For the first time whilst living in China, I truly feel that I have really been included in something - even if almost as a side show. This morning, I heard music coming from the street by our house and followed it to the front gate of the neighbouring pagodas. People were setting up tables in front of the gates and across the streets in the public area. The tables had A4 typed sheets with plates placed alongside. Long red banners were being raised, flags on long canes were planted along the street and a loud set of speakers placed on either side of the pagoda’s front gate which played Chinese music. I went to fetch Chris to see if he could understand some of the writing on the banner. ... read more
master at work with red paper banners
Nian Gao made by our neighbour for us
door banners with sticky glue

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 23rd 2009

Suzhou localiza-se no sudeste da província, nas margens do Grande Canal. Foi fundada no século V a.C., com o nome de Wuxian. Passou a ter a actual designação no século VI. Nesta cidade faleceu a 11 de Abril de 1607, o jesuíta e explorador terrestre português Bento de Góis. Eu que sou de me deslumbrar com as grandes metrópoles, fiquei encantada com Suzhou. Foi em Suzhou que passei o festival da Primavera - ano novo chinês. Como em qualquer lado do país, os fogos de artificio e os firecrackers foram bastante ensurdecedores. É estranho ser-se um estrangeiro durante um período de celebração familiar, há algo de etéreo e solene à nossa volta que nos transcende. É como ficar um pouco preocupado com a total indiferença quando algo de especial parece estar a acontecer. Bom, enfim, na ... read more
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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 22nd 2009

Real life in Suzhou alongside the canals is quite a hard life from what I have seen. Water is drawn from stone wells and people wash up their dishes and clothes beside them. The canals are also used for washing up, washing clothes and mops in, and don’t ask where they do toilet tasks. People live in the boats moored around the canals and day-to-day life is conducted along the sides of it. At night the women form groups and do some sort of line dance activity to music out in some of the large spaces. Couples are out walking and talking. Small children play near the water playing with nothing much than a few pebbles and sticks and some illegal firecrackers. People are working in little craft shops making wooden buckets by hand and one ... read more
Real life
Real life
Real life

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 8th 2009

Suzhou's Grand Canal Suzhou's Grand Canal was a lovely excursion. I boarded my boat near one of Suzhou's two remaining ancient city walls. The area was nicely designed and had a nice atmosphere. The boat was fairly small and only held about fifteen people. The boat cruised down the canal at a leisurely pace and passed many ancient houses built along the banks. It was really nice. I loved looking at the building's architecture. Each house had stairs leading down to the water for washing their laundry and vegetables and the local people relaxing outside their house waved and smiled at us as we passed. Ticket Price: 35rmb Time Needed: 45 minutes Hours of Operation: 7:00-8:30 A cruise leaves every 30 minutes Location: Cruises leave from the Shuishanglvyou Wharf In September 2008 I was sent on ... read more
Suzhou's Grand Canal
Suzhou's Grand Canal
Suzhou's Grand Canal

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou January 8th 2009

Suzhou Museum The Suzhou Museum is a unique museum. The exhibitions and artifacts are not the only draw. The architectural design of the museum draws many visitors from around the world. Designed by world famous architect Leoh Ming Pei, one of the foremost architects in the world, the museum’s architecture is as much of a draw as the artifacts they hold. Born in Suzhou, the architect wanted to blend modern and ancient Suzhou garden architecture in the museum's design. Every hall, windows and room was built to incorporate nature, and natural light. Since the museum does not have a huge number of artifacts on display, each room is beautifully laid out and spacious. The huge courtyard in the center of the museum complex looks like a modern version of an ancient Suzhou garden water feature. The ... read more
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum




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