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... Next stop at the Master of the Nets Garden which is one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, containing a series of halls, courtyards and gardens.
Lunch was as a muslim Chinese restaurant. Round table, lazy susan and lots of delicious food.
The afternoon turned very misty, cold and rainy for our three hour drive to Hangzhou.
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 ...
... authentic looking Chinese boats it was really cool. The water in the canals even looked okay. The plan was walk to the end of this street and finish the day at a really famous park before heading back into shanghai… however because our train was for 6:20pm we had to rush to make everything fit in. It was still nice to walk along with everyone, they had so many cool shops, there was a “cat café” which despite wanting to go in I restrained myself, these hand crafted ...
... see it again before we leave. The humid conditions gave way to rain, so with the purchase of an umbrella we continued our walk through these delightful alleyways. Andrew arranged to meet up with some friends at a local Italian restaurant. A very authentic place for great Italian food as well as wonderful atmosphere. We later returned to Gavin's shop where he prepared us a serving of coffee and cup cakes. They were ...