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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou November 13th 2015

Eventually the time had come and I was about to be in a city that I had, for a very long time, been dreaming for. Suzhou. I had been studyng the history of China for a long time and Suzhou was famous for its arched stone bridges, emerald green canals and its beautiful willow trees with hanging branches caressing the water of the canals. Of course, the modern days Suzhou has changed a lot and, at my arrival, the narrow streets running a long the sumptuous canals were lined with colourful and crowded cafeterias, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and local ladies brushing and cleaning the staircases leading to the boats docking area. It was drizzling but still ok for a visit around the city. Even in Suzhou things change fastly and I could see many constuction ... read more
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One of the many marvellous Suzhou canals
 Arched bridge

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou April 15th 2015

Today starts with a walk in the park to see the inhabitants doing their daily exercise. This was then followed by a rickshaw ride into the old town and a stop at the local market to take a look at some of the ingredients on sale. mmmmmm. On to a silk factory where the process of silk manufacture was demonstrated and a shopping opportunity for those of that inclination. Then on to the water town of Tong Li for lunch and a walk around this traditional town before heading back to our hotel. Tonight we decided to take a break from the Chinese fare and headed to KFC instead.☺... read more
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Silk Mill
Tong Li water town

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou April 13th 2015

Started the day with the short high speed rail journey from Shanghai to Suzhou. The experience would be familiar to air travellers complete with security checks and a short wait at a platform gate. Internally the carriages resemble an aircraft cabin with reclining seats and plently of leg room plus they run on time ! The walled and moated Suzhou city is 2500 years old having been established during the Wu kingdom in 514 BC. It is known as the Venice of the East having a network of canals linking it to a number of freshwater lakes and the Yangtze river. In comparison with Shanghai it is low rise and nine of its classical gardens are world heritage listed. The most famous of the gardens and the next stop on our itinerary is that of that ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou January 9th 2014

One of the surprising benefits of Shanghai is its efficient transport links. In Vietnam, the roads and railways are so poor that it takes an age to get anywhere. It's less than 80km from Saigon to Mui Ne, the nearest 'nice' beach resort, yet it takes over 5 hours by bus and a similar time by train to the nearest station - Phan Thiet. It's even about 3 hours by private car/taxi. Shanghai has a metro running in the city - now the biggest in the world apparently, and to many places in the suburbs and high speed rail links to the surrounding towns and cities. You can even travel the 1,500 km journey to Beijing in five hours. Can you imagine how long that would take on Vietnamese rail? Our first sightseeing trip out of ... read more
Suzhou canals
Canals
artisan streets

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou September 1st 2013

Suzhou ( 苏州 ) - City of Gardens the most beautiful garnden and the most numberous gardens is all in Suzhou. when you come to this city you will see a lot of gardens and some of them are be announced the world heritage ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou April 22nd 2013

22.4. Ráno vstáváme dříve a připravujeme se na naši první obchodní schůzku ve fabrice kousek od Kuala Lumpur (KL). Řidič, kterého poslali z fabrikyje tady na čas. Jedeme asi půl hoďky do industriální oblasti, kde je spousta firem. Přívítá nás paní se zkráceným jménem BG asi z důvodu náročnosti výslovnosti pro cizince:-) Za chvíli již jednáme s ředitelem Pleasure Latex Products, což je příjemný chlap s dobrou angličtinou. Zjistíme, že je to hlavně fabrika na kondomy. Projdeme se v pláštích po výrobě a je velice zajímavé vidět jak se kondomy testují aby vydržely to co mají :-D První test je ohledně malých dírek, dělá se to na nataženém kuželu, který rotuje a zároveň kartáče... read more
labužnický orgasmus v japonské restauraci
návštěva v Top Glove
u Petronas Towers

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou September 20th 2012

Le 20 septembre, une autre visite d'une journée dans une ville près de Shanghai, cette fois Suzhou, moins de 40 minutes par train rapide. C'est une ville reconnue pour ces jardins qui sont, dit-on, les plus beaux de Chine. Huit d'entre eux sont d'ailleurs classés comme patrimoine culturel mondial par l'Unesco. Au cours de la journée, nous avons visité deux de ces jardins. Le premier était le jardin de la forêt du Lion, reconnu pour ses amoncellements de roches. Même si le jardin n'est pas très grand, ça forme de vrais labyrinthes avec escaliers, ponts et tunnels dans la roche, où nous nous sommes un peu perdus parmi tous ces chemins! Les enfants doivent adorer cet endroit!! Le deuxième était le jardin de la Politique des Simples, qui est le plus grand de Suzhou. Il avait ... read more
Un des canaux
Marie-Eve et son "mou brun" pour dîner
Jardin de la Forêt du Lion

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou April 11th 2010

My mantra should be I’ll sleep when I’m dead. I left shanghai early Saturday morning after the party and made my way to Suzhou. Suzhou was described as Venice of the orient by Marco Polo, it is also known for its gardens. I thought I was in for a treat ...Wrong! my plans were completely FUBAR, when I got there it was chucking it down from the heavens, it was like being at home on a particularly dull and rainy day in Scotland. Thank god I had a decent jacket and again the waterproofs came in handy, without them id have been truly miserable. It was my intention to see Suzhou and then take the 15hr sleeper train to Beijing but this didn’t quite work out, I had tried to get all necessary tickets for my ... read more

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou May 14th 2009

On Monday morning, I took the train with Mark to Suzhou. For the record, Suzhou is pronounced "sue-jo". He was going there for work, so we said goodbye at the train station and he went to his meeting and I got in line for a taxi. I had copied the pages from our travel book to avoid carrying the whole big book, and had a tiny map of the city and the highlights for tourists. I decided to go to the furthest spot and work my way back toward the train station. Another city that claims to being the Venice of the East, it also has a history of being a water town. I only had a few hours, so I did a couple of sights from the guidebooks. I picked a famous garden called Wangshi ... read more
pretty flowers
self portrait (duh)
garden gnome

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Suzhou April 6th 2009

Yvonne and I visited suppliers in Ningbo and Suzhou in Sept. 2008. Our schedule was very tight, but we still manged to have a sightseeing to the symbolic resorts in Ningbo and Suzhou. The first stop was Ningbo. This city has not many famous sights but it is well-known by being the hometwon of Chiang Kai-shek. To be more specific, the Fenghua city in Ningbo is Chiang kai-shek's hometown. The seond stop is Suzhou, world-wide famous for its wonderful classical gardents inlcuding Humble Administrator's Garden, the Surging Wave Pavilion, the Lion Grove Garden etc. What a pity we only had half a day for sightseeing, and of course, we decided to visit the best one: the Administrator's Garden.... read more
Miao Gao Tai
The Thousand Zhang Cliff
The Humble Administrator's Garden




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