Suzhou!

Cruised down to Suzhou, the venice of the east. Took a student of mine down for some company and to help translate. On the first day we cruised round town looking at some temples, and just our luck for the 3 days we would be here it would be raining, and the one we left on in the morning would be sunshine round. We were aproached by a man with a pamplet when we were in the centre, “watch, you like watch, jacket, jacket you want jacket. I got jacket and watch, LV, guuchi, you like, you like? i got all, come come, see watch, see bag, i got i got” this carried on for about 5 minutes and was so funny i couldn’t resist going along. We walked into an average looking toy shop which had all this cheap as stuff with an old lasy behind the cashier who then started shouting up the stairs. Guy walked up and signalled us to follow. first floor was huge and full of jackets, all fake as michael jacksons face. next floor was full of designer bags, and the last was a whole floor for the ‘watch, rolex we got rolex, you like rolex, very fashion, look good very fashion, you want?’  on the wall they had photos of all the other foreigners who got ripped off being amazed at all this lol. Found a japanese restaurant and had dinner there and finally got some decent beer after 3 months of drinking this watered down horrid stuff. First sip of that asahi is in the top 3 moments of china so far along with huang-shan and shanghai skyline views.
Next day we cruised over to tongli the small village that all the houses pretty much sit on the canal. very cool place, bought a few embroided posters from this old lady who we bargained down over 50%, always good to have a translator with you at markets haha. nothing amazing happened but the sweetest looking village i’ve seen. i find it funny how the touristy section of the village is emaculate and you walk two alley ways into where people still live and it’s the usual dirty china with old people playing mahjong.
On the third day we caught the bus up to tiger hill where the ‘leaning tower of china’ is. sweet walk around and nice views from the top of the hill. the rest of the day we cruised to some of the famous gardens, which when you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. an also pan men gate which is the fortress of suzhou to protect the wu/wo (all the same stuff with like 10000 dynasties in chinese history, yet chinese students are forced to memorize all of them lol) dynasty. pretty sweet pagodas and castle type buildings. Met up with my german friend who also came down for the weekend this night and had a few beers so successful suzhou trip overall.
Suzhou is so traditional looking even kfc and mc’donalds have tiled roofs.

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