Day Three

Written by:Matsimitsu(Robert Beekman)MatsimitsuRobert Beekman

It's time for the first move to a new city; the destination is Suzhou, a little to the northeast outside of Shanghai.

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Thanks to the excellent High-speed rail lines, it only takes 30 minutes by train. That is, after a 50-minute metro ride.

The hotel allowed an early check-in, so I had some time to spend wandering around the city. Suzhou used to be one of the largest cities in the Yangtze Delta (much bigger than Shanghai). The king of the Wu empire built a walled-in city with a moat around it.

Suzhou is famous for its classical gardens, and it took only a short time before I found one.

It's called "The Graden of Cultivation" and is one of the smaller gardens.

The idea behind these gardens is that each view is like a painting where you could sit and admire the view.

It probably went a lot better hundreds of years ago when only noblemen could visit the gardens.

After the garden, the sun was setting, and I continued on and found myself in a night market area next to the moat, filled with people and shops selling all kinds of food.

Yes, it looks busy, but it’s a Saturday evening, so that’s to be expected.

After dinner, it was time to head back.



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