Nanyuan Inn (Suzhou Industrial Park)
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... Next stop at the Master of the Nets Garden which is one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, containing a series of halls, courtyards and gardens.
Lunch was as a muslim Chinese restaurant. Round table, lazy susan and lots of delicious food.
The afternoon turned very misty, cold and rainy for our three hour drive to Hangzhou.
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 ...
Excited to be off exploring we were all out of bed and ready to go by about 9:30, we headed out for breakfast and upgraded from our usual spot to a French bakery that was around the corner where we had delicious pastry and tea before jumping on the train and heading to Shanghai North.
Suzhou was about thirty minutes by bullet train away from shanghai so we were there before we knew it. We started off our day at Pingjiang Street which is where Suzhou got the nickname "the ...
... is a shoulder season and a subsidy would keep the hotels full and merchants busy -- just a theory!
Back to the Silk Spinning Mill -- in a word -- fascinating. Legend has it that the cocoon of a silk worm dropped into the tea cup of a woman sitting in her garden in Suzhou. In the tea, the cocoon began to unravel and, walla, a mile long (literally) strand of silk thread. The thread is so thin that at least eight are woven together to make one ...