Blogs from Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, Asia - page 23


Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 15th 2006

Thursday night was crazy. We went to Bonbon, normally a trance bar. But it was Hisae's birthday, so we went to dinner first. Me and Chuck got her a cake, which was supposed to be a coffee and chocolate flavor cake, but was some sort of white cake with fruit. It was still good, but not what we expected. The food at the restaurant was good, but the service was lackluster, especially for what we were paying. We also bought a bottle of Chilean merlot, which I liked, but it was not to the taste of some of the others. But here's the good part: we were at club bonbon, and the DJ was none other than the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff. Are you kidding me? He was cool when I was In 3rd ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou July 4th 2006

Today we went for a boat ride down the Grand Canals of Suzhou. But the highlight for me was a visit to the silk embroidery factory. I think most of the members of the tour were totally blow away by the artistry we saw. There were ladies working for years on single embroidery. The detail was so fine it looked like it was painted on silk. We recommend you add it to you tour. It was too bad I couldn’t afford the pieces I wanted. Next on the tour was a visit to the Lingering Garden and the ancient Panmen Gate, the only existing water and land gate. After dinner we went for a night tour of the Master of Fishing Nets Garden. As we toured we were treated to traditional performances in different sections of ... read more
The Lingering Garden2
The Lingering Garden3
Snake Tea

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou May 15th 2006

Suzhou is one of China's ancient water towns, and is probably Jiangsu's major tourist attraction. It is famous for its classical gardens, silk, freshwater pearls and beautiful women! In recent times, Suzhou is a popular alternative to Shanghai for international companies investing in hi-tech and light industrial manufacturing. It is about 21/2 hrs from Taizhou by bus, and only an hour by train from Shanghai. I had been looking forward to travelling to Suzhou for some weeks, but time and other commitments had prevented me from doing so. My friend and neighbour in Oz, Jacque, is teaching in nearby Taicang, so it was a good excuse to get away and make contact before she returns to Oz in July. Jacque and I decided to keep things simple (and cheap!) and booked into the Suzhou International Youth ... read more
Master of the Nets Garden
Roof Feature

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 28th 2006

Hello, Laura - We went on a day trip today to a canal town called Suzhou, an hour long train ride from Shanghai. Had a bit of a palava (yet again!) at the train station, and once more could only get 1st class tickets at an inconvenient time! I swear they are just trying to con us out of out money. We planned to spend a full day there but could only get a train that got us in at 1pm so it was a bit of a flying visit. We walked around a very nice traditional garden, that is on the World Heritage List. It was called 'the Master of the Nets Garden' (see pictures). It was very serene, apart from the obnoxiously loud tour guides that sort of ruined the atmosphere (one even had ... read more
Master of the Nets Garden
Laura in Master of the Nets Garden
Suzhou Canal

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou April 24th 2006

Suzhou is China's well-known "city of gardens", which tops all others in both the number and the artistry of gardens. Dating from Pi Jiang Garden of the Eastern Jing Dynasty,Suzhou's art of gardening has undergone a history of 1, 500 years. There were once over 200 gardens in the city,and 69 of them are still in good preservation today. The Suzhou garden originated from the desire to retire from the strife of officialdom and to shun from worldly affairs. It seeks the return to Nature and the cultivation of temperament. In Taoist philosophy and the refinement of culture underlies the theme of the garden. Hills and waters,flowers and trees,pavilion, terraces,towers and halls constitute the basic garden elements,while the prominent tone is expressed in the dark colour of roof tiles,the grey of bricks,and chestnut brown of ... read more
Master of Nets
Master of Nets
Master of Nets

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou March 20th 2006

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 16th 2005

It's been a long while since i last update the blog. Reason being - we were moving from Suzhou to Wenzhou...and the way the gals bring their bags.. u would think they are re-locating!! The girls are pretty settled in Wenzhou now..having spent almost a week in Wenzhou and staying in their buddies' houses over the weekend...according to Huizhuang - Peggy's buddy stayed in this 7 storey apartment...hmmmm..pretty big for a house...would update the pix and what's interesting soon...everyone is doing pretty okay except for some gals who have a bit of cough n running nose...have been in contact with the gals via sms and also phone call... I've been back home in Singapore since 11th Nov and thankfully the internet connection is pretty okay back home. In Wenzhou, the network was slow and the site ... read more
at yue qing zhong xue track
makan time
hey! our china birthday cake

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 7th 2005

the weekend for the trs were spent exploring the first water village - the beautiful Zhou Zhuang - which coincidentally is the hometown of our hosting school principal, Mr Shen. He personally showed us around the town and along the way i get to know lotsa chinese history and culture...hmm...n inevitably practising my chinese... in fact my listening compre has improved tremendously...*grin but there ego was busted when my colleague told the truth...that i still have a limited repertoire of chinese phrases...okay...i got that..teresa...i would i improve my mandarin :) we also visited "Hu Qiu" - which literally means tiger hill..and guess has a leaning tower - like that of Pisa, Italy...all thrown in u get to see a hill, a tower, a special pool that is called the "Jian Ci" - which ... read more
teresa eating a " hu lu" sweet
wan san ti
at the famous "twin bridge"

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 4th 2005

it's been almost two weeks for us here in Suzhou and the gals have gone through 3 schools now. Today we were at Bo Ai School - a special school for young children with disabilities. It was a good learning journey for our gals as they learnt how to relate to the young charges under their care - playing with them, bringing them out to the garden, eating with them and also coloring pix with them. Tiffany as usual stealed the show by pealing the banana into many many "petals" and she became a hot fav amgst the boys who chased her on their bicycles. Others like Peggy, Ruoshuang, Weilin, Ewe went about in their quiet ways and brought smiles to the kids. It was particularly exciting n thrilling for their young charges to race down ... read more
coloring with them
enroute to the garden
more pix

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou November 2nd 2005

we stumbled across this factory and found it to be pretty educational..some pix on the process of making the silk blankets...which is supposed to be cool in summer and warm in winter... hey i'm not advertising for them..but thot it is good to share with u:) ... read more
20 days old silkworms
sorting the cocoons
can u tell which is the better grade cocoon?

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