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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. ...
... the koi with our left over popcorn. There was also an art class with children between 8 and 10 years old doing sketches of the garden. Some were talented artists!
Planted in the garden were mulberry trees, the food source of the silk worm, and pomegranate trees which were common because they symbolize fertility due to a pomegranate's many seeds.
Back on the bus, we headed for the government-run silk spinning mill and store. On this ...
... 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.
... Partnership Schools checking in.
Luke Reddington was talking to the other students from Writhlington: Louis Paddon, Issac Soccorsy; Chloe Simms; Lydia Simmons, Adam Benney and Otta Brown. He looked up and saw me and his mouth opened in surprise as Rachel hadn't told them I would be there!
I went to Shantang Street with them in the evening. It was so lovely to spend time with the students and with Rachel.
... called it an early night and went back to the hostel to pack up our things for our train journey the next day. Our next stop was Shangqiu, the city where I’m living in China. Here I will end part one of the story of our China trip, and I will continue the journey in my next post! Cheers :)
P.S. The title of this blog post is courtesy of a t-shirt we spotted in Shanghai. I got Tammy addicted to my favourite past time of late: spotting hilarious and strange English t-shirts.