Jinjiang Inn (Suzhou New District Tayuan Road)
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We met to check out early this morning before grabbing the metro to the train station. Here we bought our tickets back to Nanjing for later although we accidentally bought to Nanjing and not Nanjing South railway station which means our journey will be a little longer crossing town to campus. Next we located the adjacent bus station and bought our tickets to Tongli. As with yesterday we had to wait an hour until ...
... kindly provided speed updates a-la Concorde. I was seated beside Gordon which gave me a good chance to get chatting with him and catch him up on the time he'd missed. We all nearly got off at the wrong stop though as the stop before had the town name in it, it just also said something else! A helpful man asked the guard and all was well. I was surprised when we got off the train to be greeted by so many touts selling maps and tours of the area. Clearly this is far more of a ...
Today was a day of contrasts: we visited a 1000 year old garden and I went pearl shopping.
It's incredible to see so much consumerism. Our guide told us the country is "communism with it's own style."
In the evening, at a tasty ...
... very much like factories.
We arrived in Suzhou under half hour and were immediately enveloped in a smog of dust and smell of chemicals. Coming out of the train station I felt the air was filled with heavy smoke. Vicky, our guide, said that for all its ancient beauty, the town is also an industrial center with several manufacturing factories emitting toxic waste in the environment.
... We bus it everywhere because it's too challenging to tell a taxi driver where we want to go. The food here is amazing and so inexpensive, but we still often cook at home because there is a farmer's market nearby. And Dieter likes to prepare minestrone – hmm, yummy.
After last week's (18 Oct) third graders field trip to Tianchi Hill and Bay Xian Wan, the Mystic Eden, I composed self-made video clips and still pictures ...