Suzhou 2015. 

This was an unexpected, unplanned side trip to Suzhou so thought it’d be more suitable to have a separate entry on this.  Through whatsapp chat, we learnt that our 小叔 from my Dad’s side who has been living in China for some 7 or 8 years was currently staying near to Shanghai. Thus, as he was as eager as us to meet up to play host, he offered to drive over to Shanghai to pick us up and arrange a side trip to Suzhou which we followed along. Along the way, we talked and mingled and learnt quite alot about his life here in China and I was quite guilty for being ignorant to his China “expeditions”. So he arranged for us to visit this famous Zhou Zhuang Ancient Town which was somewhat named in the Internet as  “Venice of the East”. He was doing really quite well in China, so he had his driver who drove him 1 or 2 hours to Shanghai to pick us up and then send us to Suzhou.

This was a screenshot of the GPS location of this ancient town which was precious to me as google maps were pretty much blocked in China. Almost couldn’t get the location when I was there even with the Shanghai prepaid sim card, 3G connection was sparse and weak in Suzhou. I can only suspect that Suzhou uses a different telecom network. But in the later part when we returned back to Shanghai, I realised that I could just download the Baidu map app on my iPhone and I would simply be able to access the road maps here clearer than google maps. #iamnotgoingbacktochinaagain
  Reached the ancient town. This was taken along the way to the entrance of the ancient water town.  As we reached there in the late afternoon, we were told that quite a number of the attractions are closed and the last 2 would be closed by 630pm. We hurried in our footsteps through this ancient town and finally reached the first attraction of the day. Basically, its just one of the very old but well preserved residences that the ancient people lived and this was lived by a generation of family with the surname, Zhang who was an offspring of the late Xu Kui.    This was Shen residence owned by a descendent of Shen Wanshen: a wealthy man in southern China in the late Yuan (1206-1368) to early Ming Dynasties.

Basically, some of the rooms were about the same as the Zhang residence so no point taking the picture again. This one has a pretty big kitchen and dining hall. On the dining table, those were their average daily meal consumption. 大鱼大肉!  Roads here are stone-paved, really not a good pavement to walk on after a long day outside.

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Venice of the East .    The night was still young but at 7pm-ish, we head off for dinner at one of the restaurants nearby.
  After dinner, we visited my uncle’s residence in Suzhou which was like 10 mins walk to his office. It was a pretty lux bungalow. Unfortunately, he is staying here all alone for the entire part of the year. And his children who are my cousins will only join him like once a year here during their school holidays. I felt a pity for him but I was also proud of him for his successes. Although he is not yet a believer, I hope that one day, he will come to the Lord’s side to enjoy not just the earthly riches, but to enjoy the heavenly riches that our Lord gives to us abundantly.  Minions chocolate milk, something cute!
   Sis, mum and yours truly. 🙂
  Look fat and fair here.. woman is never contented when it comes to how slim or fat they look. Agree? This is me enjoying my SQ A380 flight when there is an empty seat beside me.

Did not capture too many shots as it was getting dark in there and some of us were tired. Hope this entry is as interesting as the previous one.

Cheers.

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