Suzhou

For our last day in China, we took a day trip to Suzhou, famous for its numerous gardens and its historical status as a center of the Chinese silk industry. Kenny’s co-worker Yun kindly agreed to come along and serve as translator, in exchange for us serving as tour guides (armed with our TimeOut Shanghai guide).

We visited the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Suzhou Museum (designed by I. M. Pei), with a stop for lunch at a delicious Hunan restaurant in between. Suzhou is small and quite touristy, but it made a nice peaceful day trip away from bustling Shanghai.

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Translator and tour guide posing for a shot in the Humble Administrator’s Garden

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I. M. Pei’s beautiful museum is a modern building, but it pays homage to the simple lines and structures of the Chinese gardens that surround it.

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