Gloria Plaza Hotel Suzhou
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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.
... 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 ...
... here! Overall a nice quiet day but sadly the last but one of the tour. Tomorrow we travel to Shanghai and leave our group and our guide :( We have really enjoyed the tour. China has been such a great experience - it's such a crazy country - constantly on the go, busy and bustling with bikes and cars beeping incessantly! Couple of gripes with the tour... 1 - waaaayyyyy too many shops! Seriously I don't want to buy any 'made in China' knock offs 2 - a ...
... not as fancy as the one we had earlier today but it was still really good.
When we got back to the hostel, Katrin and I packed up our stuff so that we would be ready to leave in the morning, we were planning to leave at 5:30am sharp so we would have plenty of time to get to the train station to catch our 7am bullet train home. I had a really great time in Shanghai, it was a fantastic experience and the people I travelled with were so much fun! I would definitely do it all again. ...