With just one day to visit, we only got a glimpse of life in Suzhou China. Sitting about 100km west of the big city of Shanghai, we could sense the more relaxed lifestyle the instant we got off the train. Life in Suzhou had an almost tranquil atmosphere despite being one of China’s most affluent cities. It’s a beautiful city on a canal reminiscent of Venice, yet most known for its several UNESCO world heritage gardens.
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- We arrived via bullet train in just 30 minutes from Shanghai. The bullet trains are the world’s fastest trains and the easist way to get to Suzhou.
- Be sure to enjoy a flavorful meal here. Famous for its Jiangsu style of cuisine, it is healthy and delicious food originally prepared for the aristocracy.
- There are many options to cruise down one of the beautiful canals. The boat we selected started from the garden and included a serenade as we gently paddled through the waterways.
- Another area of speciality is silk. We saw the entire process from silkworm through a blanket and even had a chance to help stretch one of the 100 layers of silk inside a blanket.
Our visit to China was in 2012. Aside from Suzhou, our highlights included walking on the great wall, seeing the army of the Terracotta Warriors, observing the pandas, and entering the Forbidden City. We had limited and restricted internet in China, so many of the pages shared contained only minimal photographs. Now that I have moved 40k photos to Lightroom, I have rediscovered so many wonderful memories and will be sharing them throughout the year.
Have you been to China? Did you get a chance to observe life in Suzhou?
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