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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 24th 2006

Depuis notre dernier blog, nous nous sommes promenes de Hangzhou a Suzhou, deux villes beaucoup plus modernes que celles visitees auparavant et beaucoup plus civilisees aussi. Nous avons pu y admirer de beaux jardins ainsi que faire une promenade sur le "West Lake", visiter un extraordinaire temple boudhiste et son histoire. Les visites furent agrementees des commentaires de notre guide, un jeune homme tres dynamique et possedant un style tres particulier que tous ont su apprecie. La temperature nous a joue un p'tit tour et avons du se promener sous la pluie - ce qui n'a pas empeche les touristes de faire leur chemin, chaque groupe etant accompagne de leur guide respectif et tous ayant un parapluie ou un poncho. Alors imaginez le nombre de parapluie. Je n'en n'ai jamais vu autant. Il fallait suivre notre ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 12th 2006

Shapes in Suzhou (sue joe) Suzhou, 5.7 million, Jiangsu Province, known for classical gardens and canals. Last weekend was spent in Suzhoe, a beautiful garden city between Nanjing and Shanghai. We took the fast train and got soft seats, so we were comfortable. You can’t choose first or second class tickets, or business or coach here, just hard seat tickets and soft seat tickets, or hard sleeper, soft sleeper. The train was fun. I love trains! The station was clean and very well organized. It’s a new station in Nanjing with a coffee shop and small acquariums. Your bag goes through security, but I didn’t see anyone looking at a screen so I can’t figure out how the security system works, or if it works. Linell made the arrangements for the train tickets and hotel reservation. ... read more
Superman in Nanjing
Hotel in Suzhou University
administrator's garden entrance

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 1st 2006

Today we took the 9 a.m. train to Suzhou sitting in hard seats. The ride was only 45 minutes long, so it was not too bad. We were expecting a town of all canals, which is not what we got. I am not sure if we read too much into the town’s description or if they embellish a lot. There is one main canal that surrounds the town and others connecting but not the “whole town is a bridge” concept that I expected. We did visit a lovely garden, called “The Humble Administrator’s Garden”. We spent the afternoon wandering around checking out all the waterscapes, landscapes and buildings. This is considered one of the four top gardens in China. It was first built around 500 years ago. It is peaceful and I am sure during the ... read more
Scott @ The Humble Administrator's Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou September 16th 2006

Suzhou is located only a one hour train ride out of Shanghai. We woke bright and early and headed over to the train station and joined in the scrum trying to buy tickets at the ticket office just outside. We expecting a regular timetable but found there was a huge gap where no trains ran for a couple of hours so we had time to catch up on breakfast and read our books while we waited. We’re still quite a novelty to the Chinese but we’re starting to get used to the staring, pointing and laughing, maybe it’s the hair. They say there is a stupid looking phase when you’re trying to grow it out! Once in Suzhou we found our hotel, and headed out into the town to buy tickets for our train ride back ... read more
The Lingering Garden
The Lingering Garden - 2
The Humble Administrators Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 5th 2006

well, time to leave shanghai. great city, i must admit. i got up at 6.30 to leave the flat at 7.00 and forget my soap, not a major mistake. my appointment with felix was meeting at the railway station a 7.30. when he was not there at 7.40, i went for the train. some minutes later he showed up in the train. we arrived in sunzhou and at first took a cab to the "humble administrators garden". nice garden, that's true. a lot of ponds, stones and small pavillions, but very crowded. maybe saturday is not the perfect day to go to suzhou. then we went to "tiger hill". this place was much nicer actually because much larger and so the many tourists (mainly chinese) would gather in crowds on just some spots of the whole ... read more
Pavillion inside
Pavillion outside
Roof

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou August 4th 2006

Sorry to disapoint our loyal readers with such a long time between blogs, but we have been super busy with no real access to the internet. So this blog will be a quick recap (with lots of pictures) of the last four days... Beijing Day 2 After a strenuous day at the Great Wall, we were all set to see the sits in Beijing. However, the rain gods were so upset that Robbie had lost in cribbage, that they cried ALL morning. We spent the morning huddling under umbrellas at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We were able to get out of the rain for a bit and dry off at an internet cafe (and ate McDonalds) before making a quick trip to the Silk Market (where they sell lots more than just silk - ... read more
Gourmet Meal
Night View in Xi'an
King of Beers

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 24th 2006

We are in Suzhou for another few days. This blog is more an observation of Chinese culture than a description of places. Please enjoy the pictures. I took a leap of courage and walked around Suzhou on Friday. It was interesting to see the hustle and bustle of the city, learn to navigate crossing a street and basically learning where everything is located. I feel very safe walking around. Everday I get a little braver and try new things to accustom myself to the culture. I really did not do to much other than walking. I stopped at tea/coffee house to get out of the heat. I spent an hour just watching the intersection to see how traffice interacts. I have come to like good jasmine green tea. It is better with the loose tea than ... read more
Master of Nets Garden
Lingering Garden
Lingering Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 20th 2006

We have been in Suzhou for a few days now. I have only really had one day of sightseeing. Please forgive the scattered nature of the description. I have familiarized myself withhistory of the area that gives a big picture of the history. On Tuesday, I went to the park that is next door to the hotel while Dave was at work. It is down the street and around the corner. On the way, I stopped for lunch at a tea restuarant for vegetable soup and fresh fruit (watermelon, canteloup and bananas). It is beautiful garden that dates back at least 1100 years. The 7 story pagoda was first built in 1004. It is called the pagoda of Auspicious Light (Ruiguang). This one was built in 1986. At the bottom are four statues of Buddha. The ... read more
Waterfall and pagoda
Ancient Land and Water gate
Very Hungry Fish

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 18th 2006

The coup continues, I am still in command while Norma recovers. There are several water villages, based around canals, in the delta region and we were lucky enough to visit two of them. First was Wuzhen village, a very historic village of old wooden homes, each facing on a street and backing on a canal. In the centre of the village was a canal basin surrounded by steps, which was a market place where goods brought in by boat were sold. The whole village has been declared a heritage site and is protected by the government, when people move out to new apartments in nearby towns the government assumes the homes. The actual remaining population is small and consists mainly elderly folk who want to stay in their homes until they die. Many of the homes ... read more
Drying textiles
Canals of Suzhou
Canalside living

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 18th 2006

Norma has decided that her blockage has moved from her insides to her brain and writer's block has set in. So, a coup has been staged and the Bling Dynasty has ended and I have assumed control - temporarily I'm sure! The past days have been so busy that we have not had a chance to catch up with the blog, this morning is a quiet morning in Nanjing hence the continuation. Hangzhou was very enjoyable and the boat ride on West Lake was enjoyable and much less crowded than when I was here on the Labour Day weekend. The lake is sizeable with causeways and islands, a pagoda and the modern city across the water. There is a large villa on a peninsula which Mao loved and visited often. We then went to the ... read more
Buddhas in their niches at Lingyin Temple
Model Pagodas
Model Stupa




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