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Similarly to naming Qingdao both the Switzerland and Riviera of China Suzhou is named the Venice of China. I think Suzhou deserves it's title a little more than Qingdao though. It's well pretty and has all sorts of fancy gardens you can visit, my favourite being 'The most Humble Administrator's Garden.' I took most of my photos in there. It even has a few canals to justify it's comparison to Venice. ...
... ever seen were the fishing cormorants. On a boat the size of our gondola, a man had about eight cormorants tethered to perches with a rope around one leg. He would whack them with an oar and they would dive in the canal and come up with a fish in their mouth/upper throat. Not a big deal except they had a string tied around their neck at mid-length, preventing the poor bird from swallowing the fish. The "fisherman" would then grab the bird and make it spit ...
... br> Had a fabulous day, and really enjoyed spending time with everyone. I also met Helen, who is Richard Kemp's assistant on the Project, a lovely lady.
After we got back to the hotel Richard arrived with Jintao and they took me out to dinner. It was great catching up with Richard again.
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Luke Reddington was talking to the other students from Writhlington: Louis Paddon, Issac Soccorsy; Chloe Simms; Lydia Simmons, Adam Benney and Otta Brown. He looked up and saw me and his mouth opened in surprise as Rachel hadn't told them I would be there!
I went to Shantang Street with them in the evening. It was so lovely to spend time with the students and with Rachel.
... chef carved the fish and fried it to look like a squirrel. Both the emperor and God were pleased and the crisp fish with a light sweet and sour sauce was also a delight to our palette. The famous Architect IM Pei (designer of Louvre Pyramid and Kennedy Library) grew up in a Suzhou private garden called the "Lion Forest". He was commissioned to design and built the Suzhou Museum next to his childhood home. This Museum is modern yet incorporated ...