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Suzhou-Wuxi: May 14

Beautiful Gardens Everywhere

sunny -26 °C

We woke early this morning in Suzhou and since we were on the 21st floor I was able to take some nice city view pictures. We were able to get everything packed quickly which left us some extra time. We decided to BBM Dave and Claire with an audio chat which allowed us to get updates and share our experiences with them.
By 9 am we were on the bus to Wuxi. Our local guide today was Angela. Our first stop was Liyuan Gardens in the Taihu Lake area which originated as a private home and garden but is now open to the public. He had created a gorgeous and peaceful garden that was full of rocky formations, trees, flowering shrubs, ponds and interconnected pathways.
Wuxi is known for its beautiful gardens and lakes. Turtle Head Park, also on Taihu Lake, is shaped like a turtle. The turtle in Chinese culture is a symbol of longevity. In the park there was a statue of a turtle with a dragon head and a fish tail,and a Camphor tree that was 400years old. We enjoyed the relaxed meandering through the park.
The purple clay Tea Pot Factory, our next stop, had a pot that held 2500 kg of water. This was a design studio as well and they displayed some very unique designs. All of them did not drip after pouring and you could hold them at 90 degrees without having the lid fall off - even without a lid tab. The design of the pot was to have a perfect fitting lid that created a seal when wet. One design of the Master presenting was to have an air hole in the top of the handle, not the lid, so that you could easily stop the flow while pouring.
Our supper was at a local famous wedding hall. All of the chairs were covered in white and red fabric. Each lunch and supper were at round tables with 9 chairs with a glass turn table. The meals were all samples of the local cuisine.

Posted by jkroetsch 12:44 Archived in China

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