A day trip to Suzhou and a visit to the rip-off m
Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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A day trip to Suzhou and a visit to the rip-off market
I got up this morning at around 9am, no sooner had I opened my eyes than I met a guy called Brian, he was also staying in our room. He was born in Beijing but moved over to LA and the tender age of 4, he is back in China now studying. We got talking and he said he was going to a small town outside Shanghai and invited my to come along. I got ready and met him downstairs, where I was introduced to Paul, a Scottish guy, who was again in the same room as us and coming along for the daytrip. They were both on the net so I decided to use the time wisely and have some breakfast. I could not resist having a traditional English breakfast, and a good one it was too!
We eventually left at 11am and made our way to the train station to get tickets, it's a good thing Brian was with us because the train station is a bit of a mess!!
We pulled into Suzhou after 2pm. It's a nice town, it's not as small as thought it was going to be but then I didn't really know what to expect. We took a couple of rickshaws to our first destination (see pic), I don't even know what the place was called, but it was some kind of park. The rickshaws were the most comfortable I have ever been in, the seats were super soft! The park was really nice, we walked around for a while and then made our way into the Pagoda
The next stop was at 'The Master-of-Nets garden', we took a taxi to this place and when we got there the sky clouded over and it was only a matter of time before the rain came down. This place was really nice and very tranquil, it's basically a very well maintained old style Chinese mansion, it has the most beautiful gardens that wrap around the whole place. It's a bit of a maze inside with lots of different rooms and passages. We were there for a while and could probably have chilled longer, but Brian had to get back to Shanghai to pick up friends from the airport. We left the garden and caught a bus to the train station, the bus is cool, just like in HK you just pay one fixed fare, but here you take a ticket off the stub yourself, that wouldn't work back home!
We had a bit of time to kill after we had brought the tickets so we had a bite to eat, the first meal of the whole day for Paul
After showering up we just chilled downstairs till Brian came back, he got back around 10.30pm and we went out to eat around 11.30pm. We went to a place near the hostel where you select from a list of skewers and then make them yourself on a little grill in the middle of your table. It's a pretty cool concept and the food was really nice, well it would be, we made it ourselves! Oh by the way, your not going to like this, but I had Rabbit meat, it was quite nice but I don't think I would try it again
What a first day, long tiring but good fun. It's been good chilling with Paul, just someone from back home, well nearly!