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May 16, 2010 - Tongli

Tongli is a little canal town about forty minutes out of Suzhou. We got the bus there from the centre of Suzhou which was quite the experience but we survived to tell the tale. We think in general it is best to spend as little time on the roads in China as possible - a bit of a free for all to say the least. Tongli looked much more like how everyone says Suzhou is, probably as Suzhou would have been before all the industrialsation. It is like stepping back in time to old China and we get more the Venice comparisons now - obviously the...

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May 10, 2010 - Suzhou

So we are now in Suzhou where we will spend the next four weeks teaching. Suzhou is the second largest industrial town in China, but is known for its many canals (it was the main town for silk exporting since the 900s) and gardens so it has a lot of tourists passing through and is one of five protected towns in China because of its beauty. It was known as the Venice of the East in the times of Marco Polo, but really it is more like Venice would be if it had a 1960s communist style concrete building on every corner. Anyway, although in...

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Nov 17, 2009 - Suzhou

Tues 17 Nov 2009 SUZHOU After breakfast it was a 9am start for our coach journey to Suzhou. It was dry but now much colder. Suzhou flourished as a major trading and silk center in the early 6th century. Da Yunhe, the Grand Canal, linked Suzhou to Beijing. Very prosperous during the Ming and Qing dynasties many of China's affluent settled in Suzhou and the local traders became wealthy. Much of this wealth was spent in creating elaborate gardens, over 150 of them, that, today, make Suzhou famous. Gardens large and small can be found...

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CHINA 2009

Oct 7, 2009 - Day 18: Suzhou - Gardens and silk

Suzhou has the much more classical Chinese architecture that I'd been expecting elsewhere in China. I'd kind of forgotten that with 1.3 billion people that the majority would have to live in dense housing apartments, but Suzhou was more my picture, with houses only a few storeys high. First stop was the Lingering Garden where I really could have lingered much longer. It is one of the four most famous gardens in China, but being only 2-3 hectares was one of the smallest we'd seen so far. There was a beautiful little lake where a Chinese...

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Apr 23, 2009 - I went to Kunshan

I went to kunshan to go to lilis orphanage, and when we walked in it was beautiful! there was a banner and other stuff i got to see the babies. there was this one baby it was soooo cute! it was in a green sweater. There were some babies that were special needs. it was really sad. WHat i thought was really cool was that they had a girl that was lilis age who was a special needs child that was at the orphinage when she was. I thought that was cool she was more towards the blind side:( Maxine

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Return to China 2009

Apr 22, 2009 - Suzhou

Today we drove about 1 1/2 hours to Suzhou, the silk capital of China and home to the most beautiful gardens. Our first stop is The Master of Nets Garden :) A typical Suzhou type garden with beautiful rock formations, pagodas and furniture. It is a beautiful day weather-wise and very comfortable to just walk around and smell the flowers! From there we visit the Silk Factory and learn how silk is made starting from the worms munching on mulberry bushes all the way through the spooling of the silk thread. The best part is the gift shop and we...

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Apr 21, 2009 - Kunshan

Today was our day to visit Kunshan. Kunshan is a city of about 650,000 people. Many businesses / factories are located here because of it's proximity to Shanghai (only 1 hour away) and its low cost work force. Also many Taiwanese have located here along with their businesses. It is very large and yet clean. We passed an enormous public library. All the buildings look to be recently built. It took us a while to locate the SWI as so many roads have changed or are under construction. But we arrive and are greeted by Mr. Chen, the Director. As...

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Oct 3, 2008 - Shanghai

After a 20 hour train trip we have arrived in Shanghai. Already we like it better here. Being closer to the sea and in a less manufacturing intensive area, we can actually see into the distance quite well. We have yet to hit the streets, but the city seems quite akin to Hong Kong which we liked very much. ____________________________ Sunday Shanghai, the largest commercial center of China, also feels the most like home. An enormous city, yes, but it has many western amenities including a Hooters Restaurant, if you can imagine that. We even...

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Sep 1, 2008 - Gardens in Suzhou west of Shanghai

Today was our last day to tour in China and it was a bit anti-climatic. We took the bus to Suzhou where we toured 2 gardens. These gardens are really landscaped estates. The first was The Humble Administrators Garden that was designed during the Ming Dynasty. After lunch we did a bit shorter tour of the Master of the Nets Garden. Both of these are beautiful reconstructions and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it was just too much information to learn about every room, pond and the fengshui of the entire complex. A relaxing lunch with...

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Aug 2, 2008 - Suzhou

Well, our second train ride didn't go quite as smoothly as the first. Mum and I managed to sleep through the night mostly, but when we woke the stops really began. I think we may have stopped at a few places for quite a while during the night, but at least i didn't notice it then! There had been heavy raining through areas that we were training through, and i believe this is what caused the delays, most likely to other trains coming back towards Xi'an I guess, and that is how i expect it affected us. So, instead of arriving at 10:44am, we...

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China Trip 2008

Jul 19, 2008 - Shanghai

DAY 13 We can't believe that we've been in China for two weeks already. We didn't arrive in Shanghai until lunchtime as this was our longest train ride yet. It was also my most miserable as I was in the bottom bunk in the last cabin, next to the passageway to the next car where everyone likes to sneak a smoke. Things were going well until "lights out" at 10 p.m. when it became apparent that the young woman who worked for the train was going to sit at the foot of my bed and keep patrol throughout the night. Okay, so she wasn't really at the...

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Jul 13, 2008 - Xi`an to Shanghai

WELL IT HAS BEEN QUITE SOME TIME SINCE WE HAD ACCESS TO COMPUTERS, AND ALL OF THE DAYS HAVE STARTED TO BLEND TOGETHER. I AM WRITING THIS ENTRY LOOKING BACK A FEW DAYS SO I APOLOGIZE IF IT DOESN:T MAKE MUCH SENSE. SORRY ALSO FOR THE CAPS AND THE STRANGE SYMBOLS....THESE JAPANESE KEYBOARDS ARE CRAZY AND EXTREMELY HARD TO DECIPHER. A LOOK BACK ON MY EXPERIENCE IN SHANGHAI......WELL WE ARRIVED IN SHANGHAI AFTER A MORNING FLIGHT FROM XIAN AND I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT MOTION SICKNESS, SO I TOOK A HALF OF A GRAVOL (WHICH I DON:T NORMALLY TAKE...

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