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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.
We had only 24 hours in Suzhou, the "Venice of the East". Mmmmmm although we haven't been to Venice we think it's a little prettier and cleaner then Suzhou! Anyway the city is based around a large canal network and we had a quick trip on a boat. Spotted lots of locals doing their laundry in the canal, it's a stark sign that the majority of the country is still living in poor conditions despite its super speedy development. Suzhou is the first place in China we ...
... 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 ...