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... Next stop at the Master of the Nets Garden which is one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, containing a series of halls, courtyards and gardens.
Lunch was as a muslim Chinese restaurant. Round table, lazy susan and lots of delicious food.
The afternoon turned very misty, cold and rainy for our three hour drive to Hangzhou.
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.
... Xiangfu Temple; Ancient Gingko Square; the Grand Buddha; Brahma Palace (also called the Valican Palace); Flying Dragon Tower and the Five Mudra Mandala.
We got back to the Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni at 2.45 to watch the water ceremony where water sprouts out of the dragons mouths and the lotus leaf at the top opens to display a small Buddha who turns a complete circle. Fabulous! It was an amazing ...
... censorship...watching BBC world news (as you do in hotel rooms) and a report comes on about the death of journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts. In the middle of the report the words 'her coverage of repression in China' coupled with pictures of men being led away by soldiers. This was all that was shown (about 2seconds) before the TV went blank!!!!! 30 seconds later the TV came back on further into the report with no more mention of China. We were really shocked ...
... they were really expensive though!) which you could watch them stretch out and fold the lolly batter (what do you even call that?) so when they cut it, the lollies would have tiny patterns and shapes in it, the usual shops that sold touristy things and ice cream shops. As we were walking we could see people with all these really cool ice creams and of course we had to have one. I can’t remember the name of the shop that we decided on but they had specialised waffle ...