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First stop for the day was near the only portion of the original ancient wall that surrounded Suzhou. A short walk to where we boarded boat for our cruise along the large canal and then through the smaller canals for which Suzhou was known as the "Venice of the east".
Suzhou is a network of canals and bridges with ...
We went back to Casa Zoe's for breakfast after moving from the Kempinski Hotel back to the Gran Park Hotel for work tomorrow. We then went to visit the Nanshan Temple, and walked around a market area, a bit like Confucius Temple area in Nanjing with small shops and stalls.
We then took a lovely boat trip down the Grand Canal (which we have been on in Hangzhou also), stopping off at a hand-made brick museum. Another lovely day.
... area, we got a taxi out to the Lingshan Scenic Park area, with a large detour as the roads were blocked with military for some reason, and arrived at the park about midday. We could see the large bronze Buddha statue (the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world at 88m) in the distance, and followed the path walking past the Grand Screen Wall; the Altar of Buddha's Footprints; Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni; Buddha's ...
... without high rises (the government impose restrictions of a max 6 stories to preserve the heritage of the centre of the city) which makes the old centre very pleasant. Of course massive buildings exist in the newer outskirt parts of the city. We also visited a silk factory where we learned all about silk worm farming, harvesting the silk...oh and Ro had a go at making a silk quilt!! This place was really interesting but definitely a recipe for an ...
Excited to be off exploring we were all out of bed and ready to go by about 9:30, we headed out for breakfast and upgraded from our usual spot to a French bakery that was around the corner where we had delicious pastry and tea before jumping on the train and heading to Shanghai North.
Suzhou was about thirty minutes by bullet train away from shanghai so we were there before we knew it. We started off our day at Pingjiang Street which is where Suzhou got the nickname "the ...