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Jul 10, 2006 - Suzhou, China

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006. SUZHOU, CHINA. An old Chinese tourist slogan says "In heaven there is paradise, on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou." Having visited and enjoyed our stay in Hangzhou, my parents and I took a two hour bus ride to northeast to Suzhou to see whether the city lived up to its reputation. Suzhou is known for its classic gardens, canals (it's called the Venice of the East), and silk. After checking into our hotel (Nanlin Hotel Y684/triple) and lunch, we walked to the nearby Garden of the Master of the Nets. This is the smallest of...

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Jun 30, 2006 - Shanghai combo of a few days... Tues - Fri

Ok.. for a minute there you were all getting chinese characters.. I was a little perterbed as to how to rectify that. I'm currently sitting in a bloody noisey internet and games cafe. If it wasn't for the fact that one kids english was sufficient to point out 4 numbers on a card and say type in twice I would not be here. Thankfully some things are automatic so the pop ups are really a hit and hope you've clicked the right button. After meeting up with Jeff and leaving Hong Kong for Shenzhen by train we get to the airport, board the plane...

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ORR TRAVELS 2006

Jun 10, 2006 - Suzhou - the venice of the east

Suzhou was the first destination on the next trip from Shanghai. Named by many as the "Venice of the East", Helen and Laura had high expectations for this town. With the Grand Canal (which flows from Beijing to Hangzhou - more than 1000km) flowing right through it, it is a picturesque city. However, the polution and recent industrial development seem to have over burdened the city, removing much of its resemblence to Venice. They were absolutely delighted when their guide (Anita) burst into song within 10 minutes, without being asked,...

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May 1, 2006 - For All The Tea In China

Our arrival in Shanghai was met with feelings of nervous anticipation. For the first time, we were leaving the familiarity of the "Western" countries behind and were about to tackle the East! We were slightly concerned about how different things would be, especially the language and the food, as we had heard some varying reports about China from both natives and Westerners - but we were determined to get the most out of our visit. However, our initial nerves weren't helped when, having not even exited the Port gate, we managed to cause...

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Nov 25, 2005 - China - Nanjing, let's go visit some prostitutes!

Written by Bregje: Nanjing was something Guido had been looking forward to for weeks, months, yes even years. This was the place where Guido spent 5 months and he left a lot of good memories behind. So this would be a trip down memory lane. A long and disappointing trip as it would turn out. Have you ever seen two backpackers walking down dark streets with even darker moods? That must have been us. I heard somewhere that changing is as painful as a pair of stiletto's at dawn. Apparently, Chinese people don't feel that way at all. 'No, I...

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Sep 1, 2005 - Troubles in Shanghai

I was concerned that my reservation at Captain Hostel in Shanghai would not exist. My dream came true today. The plane landed in Shanghai and the maddness began. I should have accepted the offer of a fellow passenger to help me get a taxi, but I wanted to take the hotel shuttle bus. We landed at 3:00 pm, and finally at 4:30 pm I found the correct shuttle and we were on our way into Shanghai. The English signage at the Pudong airport is very much lacking. I'm overwhelmed - my lack of mandarin is greater than I thought, and my pronunciation...

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Sep 1, 2005 - Troubles in Shanghai

I was concerned that my reservation at Captain Hostel in Shanghai would not exist. My dream came true today. The plane landed in Shanghai and the maddness began. I should have accepted the offer of a fellow passenger to help me get a taxi, but I wanted to take the hotel shuttle bus. We landed at 3:00 pm, and finally at 4:30 pm I found the correct shuttle and we were on our way into Shanghai. The English signage at the Pudong airport is very much lacking. I'm overwhelmed - my lack of mandarin is greater than I thought, and my pronunciation...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Suzhou

(Sorry, more pictures are coming, but this coumpter won't recognize my camera.) Suzhou is a city about an hours train ride West of Shanghai. Christine's Aunt (Michelle) has a friend living in Suzhou so we thought we'd make a day-trip to see her. It was exciting because she is the first person from home (sort of) that we've contacted overseas. When we arrived at the Suzhou train station Carleigh Marler was there waiting for us. (Background Note: Carleigh's husband got transfered from Tenessee to Suzhou about 4 months ago.) We had a great...

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May 6, 2005 - Suzchou

A 50-minute train ride took us from Shanghai to Suzhou (SU-jo). After all of the "newness" of Shanghai and Chongqing, Suzhou was a return to normalcy. It is a small city (by Chinese standards) of 2M and about 2500 years old. It is the hometown of the architect I. M. Pei. The main attraction of Suzhou is The Humble Administrator's Garden. It was built more than 500 years ago by a local government administrator. The "humble" in the name, obviously refers to the administrator and not to the garden, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It...

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May 4, 2005 - Suzhou

Kevin: After more touring & shopping about Shanghai yesterday, we hit the post office, had a spectacular dumpling lunch then headed for the train station for Suzhou. We were surprised to find that all 23 trains to Suzhou were sold out for the next 2 days, so after a brief flirtation with the Chinese bus system, we hired a private driver to take us directly to a hotel in Suzhou. The ride down was nice enough, and we arrived in just over an hour. Rather than the pretty little village we expected, we found a booming metropolis of almost 6...

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Apr 8, 2005 - Suzhou and Tongli

Location: Suzhou Soundtrack: The Lilac Time - Looking for a day in the night Reading: a teach yourself Chinese book I'm composing this in Suzhou station waiting room, where I have a 2 1/2 hour wait for my train to Shanghai. There are several Shanghai trains leaving before mine, but my grasp of Chinese at best only finds me a suitable ticket window and buys me a ticket to (usually) the correct destination. I don't yet know the Chinese for "Seeing as how I'm here at the station already, how about selling me a ticket for a train that leaves...

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Mar 15, 2005 - Suzhou: Canal Town

Hi Everyone! Sorry I've not been able to post updates very often,but internet cafes are hard to come by and our schedule is fast-paced. Just left Suzhou, a very small town outside Shanghai which has canals and very beautiful ancient gardens. It's also one of the silk-making capitals of China. Yesterday we toured a silk factory, some of the gardens, then went to dinner & misbehaved at some bars and a disco. Today we took a boat tour on the canal and I got some great photos. Suzhou is famous for dumplings, which I've eaten a lot. This morning...

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