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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou October 7th 2016

We had arrived in Suzhou quite late the previous evening, so had only had a short walk out to find some dinner. Today we were ready to explore. We headed towards the main shopping area, nearish to where we were staying in search of some breakfast. We found a place selling coffee and juices so got some of them. We didn't find any food, but did come across a nice looking temple. The Xuan Miao Temple was built in 276 AD, but had a different name, Zhen Qing Taosist Temple, back then. The temple changed names pretty frequently, normally when a new dynasty took over ruling China. The temple was quite big, as there were buildings connected to it, that were not joined to it, so we got to explore those too. I love all the ... read more
Xuan Miao Temple
Xuan Miao Temple
Xuan Miao Temple

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou September 15th 2016

After having done quite a lot of walking for me already this week I decided to make one last push and get myself out to Suzhou. This city is also known for its beauty alongside Hangzhou so I suppose it would be rude to miss it. Despite the continuing rain I got myself off on the bullet train (totally know this station like the back of my hand now). On my arrival their train station a lovely girl working at the information desk walked me all the way to the bus that I needed and wrote on paper for me where to ask the driver for. I found the ticket office for these amazing gardens and paid for my 90 yuan ticket little bit pricey but if they are nice as people say then should be ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 8th 2015

We’ve got one day off every 5 days of teaching, but it’s really not off at all, since the University has planned a trip for us to Suzhou along with our TAs and Monitors. So, there’s no getting away from students on our day off. Suzhou is famous for its gardens. I visited the city during my first visit to China about 15 years ago. I remember at least one of the gardens we visited from that first time, the Humble Administrator’s Garden. What I remember most was that it wasn’t nearly as crowded that first visit as it was this time around. Maybe it’s the season, since my first visit was in November. But suspect it’s also because the growing prosperity here makes it possible for Chinese to travel more than ever. There’s a typical ... read more
Humble Administrator's Garden
Liu Lingering Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 5th 2015

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, ... read more
Pingjiang Road
Suzhou Museum
Suzhou Museum

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou March 24th 2015

Sorry for the radio silence. Between the copious paperwork, adventures with three children and terrible internet service, it's been a struggle to blog. I've quickly drafted a few blog posts while the internet is up which I will now upload. I'll only send a link to the last one, so you're not inundated with emails. Read them at your leisure (or don't - no pressure!).... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou March 24th 2015

Sammy is coming along in leaps and bounds. He’s putting on weight, his eyes are sparkling, he loves to joke around, he has learned to love water if his Jei Jei joins him, and he’s generally an easy kid. He has incredible patience for a three-year-old, which Kym attributes to his lack of mobility – you have to learn patience when you often can’t move anywhere unaided. He hasn’t (yet) manifested any behaviours relating to the sudden loss of his previous life, so I’m waiting for the hammer to fall, but right now, he’s a surprisingly normal kid. Tooh tooh (spits on fingers superstitiously). ... read more
Playing peek-a-boo
Ta da!
Too cool for school

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou March 24th 2015

I just want to say a great big thank you to my fantastic friend, Kym, who has been so incredibly supportive to us through what has been a very stressful journey, both physically and emotionally. We couldn't have done it without our amazing guide and mentor.... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou March 24th 2015

I travelled via bullet train to Shanghai yesterday to collect Sammy's citizenship certificate and begin his passport application process. I had a bureaucratic problem, which I won't bore you with, but long story short, instead of waiting for Sammy's passport to be issued and then potentially having to travel back to Zhengzhou, the Australian consulate has kindly agreed to issue Sammy with an urgent exit visa, which means we might be home two weeks earlier than planned. I won't count my chickens, but I will keep you posted!... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou December 9th 2014

OMG... ten days on the Yantze ... no WiFi ... and then on day nine the computer fries!!! Now sitting in hotel one and a half hours out of Shanghai very uncertain that this message will get thru. Plan A is to fix Notebook; plan B is to buy something new...i-Pad?why not? At the moment am very frustrated because the travel blog site has some errors, gemail is impossible and all I want is to let all know that I have survived so far with nine days to go with the group and eight days more of prisoner on the bus! All is well except for fried notebook and one day of engorged intestines which needed a day to clean themselves out. Too much food in; not enough eliminated and the intestines revolted. Same thing happened ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou October 31st 2014

We were up early next morning to catch the MRT to the train station to spend the day in Suzhou. The train was fast - it reached speeds of 270 klms an hour and forty minutes later we arrived in Suzhou. Once we left the enormous train station we got totally lost - we realised that the train station was new and therefore the directions to the old town in our guide book were useless. Suzhou is an enormous city - it is now the city in the centre of the Yangtze River Delta Economic zone - and the skyline was massed with cranes and half completed highrises. Once a haven for scholars, artists and silk manufacture there seemed little evidence of this from where we stood. However a motor cycle taxi took us to the ... read more
Gilded face, Jade Buddha Temple
Little pigs.... Suzhou snacks..
Ancient and very beautiful bonsai tree in the Humble Administraters Garden

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