Gloria Plaza Hotel Suzhou
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... trap. We'd been literally taken for a ride and decided to return to our hotel on our own. The oldsters walked back in a misty rain while Jordan and Riley would attempt to catch a taxi. We were about halfway back when a scooter with a large umbrella sped by carrying a driver and the Young Turners. 'Foreigners!' Riley shouted at us as they passed us. Our final meal together as a group was a low-key affair in the hotel as we recounted some of our favorite hotels, meals ...
We met to check out early this morning before grabbing the metro to the train station. Here we bought our tickets back to Nanjing for later although we accidentally bought to Nanjing and not Nanjing South railway station which means our journey will be a little longer crossing town to campus. Next we located the adjacent bus station and bought our tickets to Tongli. As with yesterday we had to wait an hour until ...
... and then promptly realised we had lost Gordon who had been dancing along with his earphones in! Eventually we got hold of him and we all went into the actual garden which was very impressive. There were lakes and ornate bridges and manicured plants. It was very busy but we kept stopping for photos and the Chinese tourist enjoyed taking them of us too! There was a small museum with embroidery which was utterly incredible, they looked like photos they were so intricate. It was ...
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.