We are leaving Suzhou tomorrow and will be beginning our week and a half stay in Shanghai. After staying in Seoul, a lively city that never seems to sleep with its vibrant nightlife and 24-hour cafes, our three day side trip to Suzhou was just what we needed to recharge and prepare our mental and physical states for another bustling metropolis. Suzhou is breathtakingly beautiful with its intricate gardens, canals, and abundance of historical sights. We went to the Humble Administrator’s Garden (anything but “humble” with its seemingly neverending acres of carefully pruned trees and rock gardens) and the Suzhou Museum, designed by the ledgendary I.M. Pei. Our first day in Suzhou was relaxing and very meaningful. We ended the day with a delicious dinner with flavors close to my heart and memories as my parents are both from the nearby provinces. When we first arrived in Suzhou, we noticed that most of the stores were closed by eight or nine at night.
It’s a small and almost sleepy town, but it’s definitely a worthwhile sight. The hostel we’re staying at, Watertown, is a small and picturesque building, with a comfortable ambiance and many open spaces (even a small koi pond and friendly golden retriever!) To escape the heat of the day and to rest up before another week of fast-paced travelling, we’ve been taking advantage of the hostel’s expansive DVD collection. Later tonight, we’ll be venturing out to see what is supposed to be the world’s largest LED screen located in Times’ Square.