Two of the renowned city of the Mainland I recently visited this summer. Their close proximity to
I knew I would be back to this city this time with no work in mine but to explore its natural beauty and what a nice thing to do the sight seeing with my Nang, my lovely wife, with me. It was a sort of our honeymoon after getting married in the
So, I asked the office people to purchase me 2 roundtrip ticket to Hangzhou from Shanghai and vice versa (54rmb per trip) this after checking that eastern China would receive heavy rains during the weekend. We have umbrella anyway, just in case I realized. I did research about the city from the net and my paperback, wrote notes to sort of have informal itinerary in my mind.
We woke up early on that Saturday and
The train ride to
took at least 2hrs and the Shanghai rain seemed to lost in her way and stopped trailing us. In the station, I hired this van to take us in Xihutiandi
While we walked on the gray pavement, with water and garden in between us, the growing willows trees on the edge lake with their branches and leaves kissing the peaceful water was quite a lovely attraction to appreciate.The pedestrian bridge and zigzag boardwalk in Chinese in their style and form were also worth to capture on frames.
After paying 40rmb for a ticket, we headed to our boat docking at Pier 1 at
a scenery of Chinese gardens and architecture that dates back to dynasty days. What impressed me most, and I hope Nang would agree with me, was the island called Xiaoying Island with its Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, never understood what that really meant. Roaming the island covered in green and lush planting you’d see floating wooden pavilions of red, white and gray hue and concrete pathway on stilts laid out in Chinese fret pattern like.
The calm water of the pond and with the island panorama seemed to invite me to meditate, seating crossed leg, eyes closed like Buddha position and receiving the enlightenment.
We had a break, ate some light lunch whilst viewing the boats crossing the lake and further south we saw Leifing Pagoda towering mightily over the green mountain. By late noon, we took our last Xihu boat ride and headed north to the largest island called
Realizing our feet and stomachs were complaining, we decided to hitch on one of those electric carts that circles Xihu. The carts passed along the Bai Causeway and many important waterfront but we made our stop in Xihutiandi. This
This literature is to my wife, Nang.
A great and noble Suzhou
The idea was conceived to conquer
It was a Sunday, when I first set my foot to
The Suzhou Museum is a new attraction of the city and houses few artifacts mostly from Qing and Ming dynasty period but the building was an architectural wonders of its own designed by infamous architect Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘). The museum of white and gray was very modern and very minimal in design but still seemed to embrace stay loyal to
The tour of
without riding a Chinese galley that slithers on the city’s dynasty old canals. The 40minutes galley ride was quite an experience seeing these old houses along and arch stone bridges who bare witness to the silk trade in the old days. When noon came, we ate Chinese lunch fried rice and dried noodles in this cozy bridge like restaurant over the city’s canal.
Because it’s a peak season we paid 70rmb to enter to a World Heritage Site called The Humble Administrator's Garden. It was grand, green and luxuriant. There were numerous pavilions, ponds with lily pads and maze like paths that seem endless to walk at.
We ended the tour visiting the pedestrian lane called Gong Xiang Jie. Here we paid homage to Starbucks and bought a city mug. We rested for a while near the yellow gold wall