Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
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... canal the longest man made canal in the world, (1900km), hand dug by millions of people through forced labour some 15 hundred years ago it stretches all the way to Beijing.
At the end of the boat trip we walked over one of the many narrow bridges and then a long walk through the congested vibrant market. Lots of fresh food, really fresh, still alive.
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.
... far more attractions than we imagined.
We came out and the taxi drivers started haggling over prices, but then I saw the No 88 bus which I knew went back to town so we hopped on that. We went to the Blue Frog for supper and saw Maumo and Hebe, the lovely manager, and then some of the teachers from Wuxi No 1 came in: Clive, Dennis and Arun so we had a few drinks and chatted to them. A really lovely day.
Suzhou, walking the 7 mile Shangtang Jie. The sun is shining but it is an early April morning and the wind is a bit chilly. Complacently a chair waits for the master to come out of the house to sit here for a while.
... explore! Getting out of the limited area around the school lends to such a different feeling. Suzhou is known as one of the heavens on earth and I haven't really experienced this side of Suzhou. Today I was able to get a different truer feel of the city. You have to walk with the locals to truly understand the heart of a city. As Jessica and I walked around the top of the pagoda we first met a man from a province a little north of Suzhou we talked to ...