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China Day 3: An Oriental Gondola
Shanghai is known as the “Paris of the Orient”, and about one hour to its west is Suzhou, the “Venice of the Orient”. Although China has several other towns crossed, like Venice, by streams and canals, the most famous such “water town” today is certainly Suzhou. Although it has existed much in this form since before 1100 AD, it was only late in the last century that it became a tourist draw. And so it was one of our destinations on our third day; and we took a gondola along one of its canals, through the arches of ancient stone bridges.
Late in the 13th century, Marco Polo visited Suzhou and called it a “great and noble” city of sages and physicians. At that time, Suzhou was also a leading producer of silk. Quite a few of its wealthy residents built themselves beautiful gardens, some of which survive to this day.
Joe | Sunday, June 21st, 2009 | Filed under Travel
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