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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 ...
... so I was happy to wander back down Pingjiang Street and catch the subway back to the train station. We caught the bullet train home but as there were no sitting seats left we were forced to stand for 35 minutes which wasn’t too bad. We all ended up squatting in the aisle much to the amusement of the Chinese people on the train. I even got to watch 10 minutes of the new terminator while (rudely I know) peering over a man’s shoulder and watching it “with” him ...
... back at the hotel for a quick turnaround as booked to see a Kung Fu show tonight. This was astounding. About 30 people doing a London type show of Kung Fu. Back to the hotel after for a big surprise. The whole group sitting round waiting for me with a birthday cake and candles. They all sang and it was very embarrassing. Just chilling now to catch up on the blog. Not sure I have the hand of it so sorry if you don't get to see it. 6th May Happy birthday Dad even though ...