Humble Administrator’s Garden Details – Suzhou #3

Lotus seed head.

Lotus seed head.

This post is limited to a few photos of the details I found interesting during my exploration of the garden. And at the bottom is some trivia about Suzhou. Unfortunately all we saw of Suzhou was the garden and the bridge over the river (two posts ago.)

Pavement.

Pavement.

One of many ornate screens.

One of many ornate screens.

Bonsai.  There was also a bonsai 'nursery' in another part of the garden, but I did not get any good photos there.

Bonsai. There was also a bonsai ‘nursery’ in another part of the garden, but I did not get any good photos there.

A fellow-traveler who takes Tai Chi informed me that the instrument being played in the boat in the previous post is a Pipa. Perhaps someone knows the names of these instruments?

A concert with traditional instruments was just finishing as we approached this tea house.

A concert with traditional instruments was just finishing as we approached this tea house.

Always a delight to get a photo of a child.

Always a delight to get a photo of a child.

I would like to have one of these for my house. Too bad they are too big to carry in a suitcase.

I would like to have one of these for my house. Too bad they are too big to carry in a suitcase.

Trivia about Suzhou:

* The Suzhou Museum was designed by I.M. Pei, whose family came from Suzhou. Pei lived most of his life in the US and was a very successful architect there. Perhaps his best-known work is the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris.

* Suzhou (pronounced Sue Joe) used to be anglicized to SooChow.

* A lengthy blog post by Yangzi Man about Suzhou with LOTS of pictures will give you some idea of what else you should see if you ever go to Suzhou.

Next severalposts: Shanghai

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