It’s hard to believe that today was our last full day in China. It ended on a great note, with a day trip to Suzhou, about 2 hours from Shanghai. Suzhou is an old city known for its beautiful canals and gardens. We started the trip with a visit to a beautiful garden and a calligraphy lesson inside one of the garden’s pavilions. After the lesson, we could wander through the garden or figure out how to write our own names in Chinese.
We took a short boat ride to leave the garden, and we found an army of 26 rickshaws waiting to take us on a crazy ride to lunch. It was so much fun! Everybody was having a great time as we dodged through intersections and down alleyways in the paddy-wagons.
After lunch, we took a 45-minute boat ride down the Grand Canal. This canal stretches for hundreds of miles and flows right down the center of Suzhou. It was beautiful, and it’s easy to see why people call this city “the Venice of China.”
Our next stop was the Silk Embroidery Institute. I don’t think any of us knew what to expect here, but we were introduced to a fascinating and beautiful (and expensive) art form. The women who make these embroideries can spend over a year stitching just one piece!
After our last dinner in China, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our long travel day tomorrow. Thank you for following our adventures on the other side of the world; we hope you continue to read as our trip moves a little closer to the equator. It has been an amazing experience here in China, but I think we’re all itching to get to the tropical weather in Singapore. Tomorrow’s weather in Singapore is sunny with a high of 84 degrees – sounds good to me!
We didn’t know this before we left on tour, but, like many other websites, WordPress is blocked here in China. We’ve been able to update this blog through an iPad app, but nobody on this trip, including the blog writers, can actually see how it looks on the website. We’d like to thank the members of the wind symphony for trusting us to share the group’s pictures and stories, and we’ll soon be able to actually access the blog (and Facebook too!) when we arrive in Singapore.
To see the rest of today’s pictures, check out our Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/113489266@N06/sets/72157639761597535/