Jing Yuan Holiday Hotel Suzhou
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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. ...
... the koi with our left over popcorn. There was also an art class with children between 8 and 10 years old doing sketches of the garden. Some were talented artists!
Planted in the garden were mulberry trees, the food source of the silk worm, and pomegranate trees which were common because they symbolize fertility due to a pomegranate's many seeds.
Back on the bus, we headed for the government-run silk spinning mill and store. On this ...
... 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.
... Partnership Schools checking in.
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.
Le jour de noël, je me suis baladée dans le village de Tongli. Il n'y avait pas beaucoup de touristes à mon plus grand plaisir. Je me suis régalée. Il faut payer pour rentrer dans le centre ville, c'est un peu cher (12€) mais ça vaut le coup. Parce qu'une fois que tu as paye l'entrée tu peux aller dans toute les maisons et les jardins. Je pense que du coup j'ai vu des trucs que je naurais pas vu si ...