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... had just enough time to all go to the toilet before the bus was ready to depart. Due to our arrival at the other train station in Nanjing, we had to dash across town to try and make our last subway, which we missed! This meant a 20 minute walk but it was a nice and dry evening and we continued our cheerful chatter. We stopped at the night market for some dinner and then sat together eating and laughing- a great ...
... there was no English speaking counter labelled which is something I have been advised there would be by many sources. Unfortunately with such a big group we had to wait 2 hours until a train with enough space for us all departed. This was fine though and gave us time to chill out and get breakfast in the train station which you could be forgiven for mistaking for an airport! The train itself was high speed, hitting almost 300km/h. It did not seem so fast when you looked outside ...
... went ...
Today was a day of contrasts: we visited a 1000 year old garden and I went pearl shopping.
It's incredible to see so much consumerism. Our guide told us the country is "communism with it's own style."
In the evening, at a tasty ...
... very much like factories.
We arrived in Suzhou under half hour and were immediately enveloped in a smog of dust and smell of chemicals. Coming out of the train station I felt the air was filled with heavy smoke. Vicky, our guide, said that for all its ancient beauty, the town is also an industrial center with several manufacturing factories emitting toxic waste in the environment.