Palace Lan Resort & Spa Suzhou
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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. ...
... Tongli as a small river town of about 30,000. To us it was an Asian Venice, more canals than streets. Jo explained that these small towns were becoming the homes of only the elderly and shopkeepers. All the young people migrate to the cities where there are better jobs and amenities like western toilets.
Most of the buildings were no more than two stories and almost all gray in color. The canal walls were made of stone with many foot ...
... 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.
Day 8|Thursday Today we took part in the school athletics. There were not many events compared to our school sports. These were throw the ball, relay, tyre rolling and 4 legged race. They were all lots of fun. At school lots of kids wanted a photo with us or signature. Even a hug and they would run off ...