Suzhou- it's been called the Venice of the East because of its many canals. Suzhou is a beautiful, 2,500 year old town in the Yangzi Basin.
|Donne, Ken's colleague|
We take a 40 minute fast-train to Suzhou in Jiangsu Province and meet up with Ken's colleague, Donne, and his family, Danna and Jesse. Donne is our tour guide and gracious host.
We enjoy a weekend of exploring the gardens, cobbled streets and the canals of Suzhou.
|Leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda|
at Tiger Hill
Built in 10th century
Began to tilt 400 years ago!
When the Grand Canal (canal that connects the Yellow River with Yangzi River) was completed, Suzhou became an important shipping center and China's leading silk-producing city.
|We stay in a 400 year old residence,|
|Donne and Jesse|
|North temple pagoda|
|Four elements of a Chinese garden:|
vegetation, water, rocks, architecture
|Ken explores the narrow streets of Suzhou|
|J and K in the garden|
|Afternoon rain at the|
Humble Administrator's Garden
Portland Oregon's Classical Chinese Garden, now called Lan Su Garden, was influenced by this famous Suzhou Garden. The new name Lan Su is taken from Portland and Suzhou.
|Our evening ends with a lovely dinner over looking the modern buildings|
of Suzhou and Jin Ji lake
Danna, Donne's wife, and Jesse
Escaping Shanghai Heat