On our last day in China, I opted to leave the big city of 23 million and visit the “small” city of Suzhou, which is home to 13 million people! The scale of everything is massive in China, seriously massive. Still, the old town had a nice quaint feeling with its canals and tranquil gardens.
First we visited the beautiful Lingering Garden and had a tour with our local guide.
Next, we took a boat ride on the side and grand canals of Suzhou—it seemed the fitting thing to do while in “Venice of the East.”
Lastly we saw the Suzhou Museum, designed by I. M. Pei, who was born in the city. We saw relics from temples dating back to 400 B.C., scrolls from the Ming Dynasty and beautiful jewelry from ancient civilizations—all housed in a super modern structure. It was the perfect ending to our whirlwind tour and followed a recurring theme I’ve witnessed in China: juxtaposing the very old with the very new in a beautiful, respectful way.
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