World Cruise Part 2 Feb 6-April 21, 2013 travel blog

One of the 7 World Heritage Site gardens in the water city...

Garden of the Net's Master-World Heritage Garden in Suzhou

Sorting of the silk coccoons-the first step of making silk--amazing amount of...

8 coccoons are constantly giving up their treads to make just one...

hand stretching of silk fabric to make silk quilts--every process is by...

Typical family style Chinese lunch in Suzhou complete with local folk musicians

I hate it when my food is looking at me when I...

One of the many canals that weave through Suzhou still a viable...

Shops and homes line these miles of canals--they use boats instead of...

remaining great wall that protected Suzhou from invasion


On our second visit to Shanghai, we experienced a much different side of this area on a day visit to the water town of Suzhou, China. About 1½ hours out of the main city of Shanghai, Suzhou had an entirely different feel than the ultra modern feel of Shanghai. Central Suzhou, once a citadel built to protect the royalty of the region, is entirely surrounded by water, either rivers or canals that also served as motes for protection. It is the center of beautiful gardens in this region of China with over 200 inside the city itself. A highlight of this visit, in addition to the wonderful gardens, was our visit to a Silk Reeling Factory. We saw the amazing cycle from the raising of silkworms, the spinning of silk out of the cocoons themselves to the beautiful finished silk products in their seemingly never ending company store! After our visit to Suzhou, we were able to enjoy the beautiful night skyline of Shanghai once more before lifting anchor and heading for Hong Kong. Seeing this city lit up at night is a memory that we will keep forever, absolutely stunning. Be Well. Michael and Cheryl

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