Rows of trees, exquisite gardens, ancient walls, muddy canals and fascinating silk production – is this the impeccable portrait of traditional China? Not quite. However, getting out to Suzhou did present a picturesque diversion from Shanghai. It is only twenty minutes away by high speed rail… Yeah! We are here!
Walking or by boat is the best way to travel here.
The silk industry here has been in business for over 4000 years (so I am told by the swindling tour guides). It is still going strong today and at the Suzhou Silk Museum you can still see the entire production process from silkworm harvesting to the laborers working hard at the looms and finally to the silk beds and comforters on the showroom floor. Really cool experience; don’t miss it if you are in Suzhou. Look at these little bad boys produce!
The Couples Garden was a small but delightful place with mellow gardens, old bridges and buildings that have been there for a long time. It is a bit away from the main tourist area. I like places with less people.
It seems pretty popular around here. I wasn’t too impressed with the food in Suzhou; of course I must realize we are coming from Shanghai where there are a ton more options. Irregardless, these dumplings were delicious.
It was a lovely day of exploring and chilling. For all you guys in Shanghai that have already been to Hangzhou (which I enjoy much more), Suzhou presents good opportunities for chillax adventure. Until next time, I’ll leave you with this sunset. Good travels and positive vibrations to all.