Posted by: oliviapontet | July 25, 2012

Suzhou and Jiangsu

Last week, I allee for a ride in Suzhou city of Jiangsu province famous for its canals, sometimes called the Venice of China, the ancient capital of silk

The trip was very enjoyable, despite the 35 degrees and more that make you moist in less than 5 minutes. I visited the pedestrian streets, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a nine-story pagoda, is a boat ride and a boat ride in the evening along the illuminated canals, went to Tongli, a small village suzhou time, entirely pedestrian (continued in next section dedicated to this trip, with (the museum) sex and all), climbing a small adjacent mountain, visited a few gardens, and ate a lot of dumplings.

One thing that is striking here in China is that all tourristiques places (aside landscapes obviously) are alike in many ways. The stone roofs, white walls, and shops selling eventails, tea, jade necklaces, silk tunics, are 3/4 shops. The gardens are usually former private garden belonging to mansions that can be visited at the same time. No matter lie on a lawn, no successive houses, the small lake or small river in which goldfish swim on tour, lotus / bamboo / fir and small pavilions with poetic names such as we admire ” pavilion to watch the moon “,” tower of meditation and contemplation “…… Particularly relevant when one is driven by the movement of the crowd by their own pace, when multiple groups of Chinese tourists following their guide simultannement screaming in speaker different explanations about the place, when families make you understand that the bench on which you sit for 10 seconds is a perfect place to take a picture and therefore should not be the squat …. Finally, the old pedestrian streets (or supposedly trraditionnelles rebuilt but there is little to delight the eyes of tourists in search of authentic) are certainly nice, certainly can buy souvenirs at cheap, but can tire quickly .. .

Anyway, all that to say that Suzhou anyway kept the authenticity, as the distance of the main arteries and that we get lost in the maze of channels. The old buildings house many elderly, who are busy washing clothes in the river, shave in underwear on the canal, playing mahjong and dominoes, to walk their dogs … the doors are wide open, giving access to major corridors that serve as food, and the watchful eye he passed the Chinese laowai you’re not allowed to take photos of the interior is yet available to your eyes.



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