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The Gardens Of Suzhou

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North Hill Pagoda

People who lose their sight often say it's the things that you take for granted that you miss seeing the most; blue skies, green vegetation. Well, I think I can relate to that after a trip to Beijing, cos I felt like I almost felt overjoyed to see blue sky, trees and wildlife when we arrived in Suzhou after an overnight train journey. I don't think I got any vitamin D from the sun the whole time I was in Beijing.

Still feeling a little run-down, I was glad to discover the main even of Suzhou is the Chinese-style gardens. I went to visit two: The Humble Administrators, a five-hectare garden with ponds, bridges and bamboo islands; and the Garden Of The Master Of Nets, a much smaller garden with the historical buildings more of a feature.

The lights on the river trip
The latter was hyped as the best in Suzhou, but I actually preferred the former as I enjoyed the maze of waterways, the bridges and the plantlife.

Nearby was the North Hill Pagoda - which you could climb - complete with a giant stone laughing Buddha and surrounding gardens.

Dragon organised a boat trip for the group that evening on the Waicheng River. It wasn't really much to rave about, but that didn't matter once we had tasted what he had organised for din-dins. We ate at an Islamic Chinese restaurant - a meal that Dragon said would be, "like no meal we had ever eaten before." He wasn't too far off; it was pretty unusual, but also very good. The meat was much better than the usual sub-standard cuts you tend to get in China and the portions made it more of a banquet than a dinner. I left happily bloated, although I won't forget Dragon tricking me that it was customary to take your shoes off before you enter the restaurant, only to turn round and find everyone laughing behind me as I was the only one who fell for it.

sylviandavid says:
I LOVE YOUR PICTURES! We too went to Suzhou.... I enjoyed your descriptions... we did this on our own with an unlicenced guide so we didn't know where the heck we were... thank you for sharing..!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2007
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North Hill Pagoda
North Hill Pagoda
The lights on the river trip
The lights on the river trip
Garden Of The Master Of Nets
Garden Of The Master Of Nets
Garden Of The Master Of Nets
Garden Of The Master Of Nets
View from North Hill Pagoda
View from North Hill Pagoda
Incense at North Hill Pagoda
Incense at North Hill Pagoda
O RLY
O RLY
I really, really like those lanter…
I really, really like those lante…
Humble Administrators Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrators Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrators Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrators Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
One of the bridges in Suzhou
One of the bridges in Suzhou
Suzhou
photo by: sylviandavid