Somerset Emerald City 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. ...
... ever seen were the fishing cormorants. On a boat the size of our gondola, a man had about eight cormorants tethered to perches with a rope around one leg. He would whack them with an oar and they would dive in the canal and come up with a fish in their mouth/upper throat. Not a big deal except they had a string tied around their neck at mid-length, preventing the poor bird from swallowing the fish. The "fisherman" would then grab the bird and make it spit ...
... 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.
I have been in my centre in Suzhou working this week, and realised that it was half term in the UK. I contacted Rachel and they were arriving in Suzhou on Wednesday. I booked into the same hotel, the JinJiang near the Amusement Park. I had arrived back from Matt's centre in the early afternoon and was just going out to get something to eat at Emerald City when I heard voices. As I walked into the foyer there were the Bath ...
Day 8|Thursday Today we took part in the school athletics. There were not many events compared to our school sports. These were throw the ball, relay, tyre rolling and 4 legged race. They were all lots of fun. At school lots of kids wanted a photo with us or signature. Even a hug and they would run off ...