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Apr 15, 2012 - Suzhou

It's the beginning of shopping ... today we visit a Silk Factory. We'll also spend time in the exotic Tongli water town and visit the Tuisi Gardens. .............................................................................................................................

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Women's China Tour

Apr 14, 2012 - Xi'an to Suzhou

Today we fly to Suzhou on Air China #1215 at 12:10. After arrival we'll visit the Suzhou Museum. We are staying at the Grand Metro Park Hotel: 011-86-512-6282-0666 ............................................................................................................................. 14Apr – Suzhou; flt from Xian; Suzhou Museum Today was a travel day for all of us and our first down day ... whew! We left our hotel in Xi’an at 9:45 for a 11:45 flight for Shanghai that was a tad late departing. We all settled in to the coach for a 2 ½...

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Women's China Tour

Oct 27, 2011 - Suzhou

We took an early morning bullet train from Hangzhou to Suzhou, which took 1 ½ hours. We were met by Yvonne, a petit, middle aged tour guide. Suzhou has 11 million people, but its roads were not as crowded as in Hangzhou. It is one of the oldest towns in China, going back 2500 years. Suzhou is known as the Venice of China because of all the canals. The local peddlers sold their produce to the housewives from boats on the canals. According to Yvonne, the local women are considered the most beautiful in China because of their mellifluous...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Suzhou - Shanghai

Our first tour stop was the Garden of the Humble Administrator which was built by a corrupt imperial inspector in 1509 AD. It is very similar to The Lingering Garden - more pavilions, ponds (with the lotus removed for the winter - the lotus plants are planted each spring) and lake rocks. Suzhou is Portland, OR’s sister city. Yvonne’s daughter is studying finance in Portland. Yvonne’s teacher chose the designer of Portland’s Chinese Garden. After the garden, we walked along Pingjiang Lu, an old street and canal, one of several old...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Suzhou and Tongli

Today started as normal with breakfast at the hotel. Then on to the bus for a 2 hour trip to Suzhou – a city renowned for its gardens and silk production. We first visited a hotel to use the toilet as the garden we were visiting had traditional squat toilets. The garden itself was beautiful – the traditional order and chaos. It is called the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets because the intricate pattern of the walkways and courtyards resembles a fishnet. Beautiful furniture and walkways, it is still used as an artist's retreat. If it...

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May 6, 2011 - Yangzhou, cont.

We started the day with a visit to Yangzhou University's College of Tourism and Food Science. A very modern campus and gracious administrators. We particularly liked watching a senior student show a freshman how to fold dumplings. We also liked these wonderful little sculptures made with flour paste. Really creative. In the late afternoon we went for a long walk through a beautiful park with gorgeous flowers and landscaping. Peggy Went with Peggy to meet with several of the professors at Yangzhou University, which was very interesting....

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Friends in China

May 5, 2011 - Yangzhou

Today Peggy and I mastered the trains! The Shanghai station was very spiffy - modern, clean and easily decipherable. The train ride to Yangzhou was about 5 hours long, but it gave us the opportunity to observe some of the rural and suburban Chinese landscape. I sat next to a very charming, friendly and talkative gentleman, who turned out to have been a harbormaster in Shanghai. (I don't want to delude you that my Chinese skills have gotten that good - he spoke English very well.) What are the odds that I would run into someone in the...

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Friends in China

Apr 6, 2011 - Suzhou - just like Venice

We thought if we got to the breakfast buffet as soon as the restaurant opened, then we would have hot food. We should know better by now! The Shuguang is much the same as every other hotel in that respect, cooked food is luke warm at best, if you are lucky. The only sure way is to have your eggs cooked while you wait. Variation on the boiled egg option this morning was tea flavoured, we passed on that one, and also the soya milk which Cynthea described as “upchuck material”. One dish this morning was labelled “wipe out the slow moving...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Wuhan - Nanjing - Confucius says...

An early start this morning, with not a lot of packing to worry about as we expected to be sleeping in our clothes on a train last night, so we just made do. It was a noisy night, the construction went on until about 11, and started up again early. The traffic noise, well at least the car horns, made for a restless sleep, and the bed wasn’t as soft as it looked. Preferable to a sleeper car though. We are at reception by 7am and pick up a packed breakfast of stale bread (3 slices, no butter), a boiled egg, and orange and a very sweet...

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Jun 19, 2010 - Nanjing

We travelled to Nanjing for the weekend, the capital of Jiangsu province and the former capital of China. In the second world war the Japanese basically killed almost everyone in the city, so there is a big museum to all the atrocities committed. The museum was really interesting and very moving, but half way through there was a mass grave they were excavating which was pretty harrowing. Not like China to miss an opportunity to hammer the message home so crudely... so we moved swiftly on from there. We went and visited the Ming city walls...

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May 27, 2010 - Cases Factory

We had to wake up at 6:30 to go to a small town(6 million people) called Wuxi, where they have 2 factory's that make the Okaley cases and 1 that made Luxottica / Oakley and other major brands. The first factory mainly did cleaning cloth for Ray-Ban. That factory also had a machine that can make the polyester thread into microfiber sheets. After we had our meeting the owner took us out to a famous lunch spot in Wuxi. Which was built inside a greenhouse. They had a wide variety in food and we tried many different meals in a private indoor...

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May 24, 2010 - Teaching in Suzhou

So we are into our last week of teaching in Suzhou and thought we best update you all on how everything has been going. We are teaching fourteen lessons a week each to grades 3 - 6 which are about 8-14 years old (each grade has a varitey of ages). We also have been teaching two extra lessons a week to younger kids, who we think are all the teacher's children getting sneaky extra English in, who are 6 - 10. The school is absolutely huge, it has six classes of just under fifty per grade and two years of kindergarten as well, it has over 100...

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