Suzhou is one of the places our tour should have shown us more of. I just looked at the map given to us by our hotel, and can’t believe how little we saw. This was partly due to the questionable logistics of flying us into the far eastern side of Shanghai and then bussing us (and getting us caught in a Friday traffic jam) to the western side of Shanghai where Suzhou is located.
We stopped at one bridge: the Everlasting Bridge (Wannian Qiao) over one fairly boring section of the city moat. Also part of the site were a gate through a reconstructed part of the city wall (sorry, no photos), and a larger-than-life statue of Wu Zixu.
Suzhou is know as the Venice of the East because of its many canals. You can Google ‘Images’ for ‘Suzhou canals’ to see what we missed and what you should see if you go there.
Wu Zixu was the founding designer and urban planner of Suzhou city in 514 B.C. Historical records suggest that Wu Zixu lived near to where his statue can be found.
You can find more information about the bridge, the gate and Wu Zixu here.
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