Nov 18, 2011
Apr 11, 2012
Suzhou is a short bullet train ride at 300 km/h from Shanghai in the Jiangsu province in Eastern China. It, much like the other Chinese cities we have visited, is a combination of new world meets old world. Suzhou is renowned for its beautiful gardens, pagodas, and stone bridges. These sites and the role Suzhou has traditionally played in the silk market have made Suzhou a very popular place to visit- but lucky for us we chose a cold rainy day and we had almost everywhere we went to ourselves. Our day started in classic fashion, we spent over half an hour trying to flag a cab in the cold pouring rain being waved off by many cabbies in Shanghai. We eventually caught a cab and were happy to make it to the train station with 10 extra minutes before departure (beats the 7 in Taishan). Upon arriving in the equally wet and, cold Suzhou we spent an hour walking in the wrong direction. Suzhou was quite like Taishan: relatively English-less in the wrong area's and the smog blocked out the view of landmarks: Pagodas. Nevertheless, we eventually found our way and were able to agree that Marco Polo had it right when he said that Suzhou was a very great and noble city; It was difficult not to appreciate the beauty of these 500 year old buildings and gardens. We spent the day exploring the Pagodas, the Suzhou museum and the Humble Administrator’s garden which ended with a visit to a very warm and friendly modern coffee shop where we gave in to MV’s newest addiction: Milk Tea... tomorrow is our last day in China as we are taking off to Taiwan...