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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.
... 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 ...
... and after much debate on where to eat we ended up eating at a nearby Chinese restaurant which was really good! I had fried pork and duck with rice and it was delicious. Definitely worth a “Last meal status” plus the menu of the restaurant had some really funny bad menu translations… well I hope so because 'Crispy Jews ears” just doesn’t sound appealing to me. We finished off the night with an ice cream from a family mart just up the road from our ...
... carrots, celery, and peanuts in a soy, ginger, chilli, and garlic sauce. Possibly the best meal on the trip as it was served hot.
Master of the Nets garden is a smaller garden of 5400 sq. metres. The inner garden had the Masters Study with Ming style furnishings and architecture. The Zhang brothers lived here for 4 years. They brought up a tiger who only lived for 3 years. One brother painted the stages in the tiger's life while the other brother painted ...