Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
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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.
... area, we got a taxi out to the Lingshan Scenic Park area, with a large detour as the roads were blocked with military for some reason, and arrived at the park about midday. We could see the large bronze Buddha statue (the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world at 88m) in the distance, and followed the path walking past the Grand Screen Wall; the Altar of Buddha's Footprints; Nine Dragons Bathing Sakyamuni; Buddha's ...
... phone so all and all it wasn’t too bad.
By the time we got into Shanghai it was about 7pm but we still had to ride 40minutes on the subway back to our hostel, which was definitely not as good as the bullet train as we were all really tired and hungry. Safe to say when we finally stepped off the subway I was very happy to no be on a train anymore.
As it was Katrin and I’s last night in Shanghai, we decided to go out for dinner despite all being ...
... a local shopping centre. The ceiling is a 50 metre long LED screen, the largest in the world. I took a video of it, hopefully i can get it up on the site for you. The rest of the shopping mall is all very brand new, and still open after 9pm (come on Adelaide). From here, back on the bus and back to the canals for a bit of nightlife. This time we walked along the "pub" and shop district, that is situated right on the canals. Red ...