Sunday, October 25, 2009
Day trip to Suzhou
Next, we headed to Shiquan Jie, a road lined with shops and restaurants, for lunch before heading to the "Garden of the Master of the Nets," one of several gardens in Suzhou listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This one dates back to the 12th century and was a great spot for wondering and soaking in the beautiful weather. We spent the rest of the day exploring town, experimenting with street food, and taking in some more sights (several pagodas, bridges and canals, hairy crabs - it's hairy crab season, and a mobile pet shop on the back of a bike among them.)
We ended the night on a street teeming with street food vendors. We choose one who was especially friendly - in fact he and his wife took a break to sit down with us for a while. For 37rmb (about $6), we had three incredible (and spicy!) entrees and four (large!) beers. A perfect ending to a great day. Pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1260.