Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 12 October 2015

Suzhou

Margaret River & Beyond

Suzhou – known as the ‘Venice of the East’ – is built on a series of man made canals that link to the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is also a man made river that flows from Beijing in the north to Hangzhou in the south, linking the Yellow River and Yangtze River. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century and were finally completed during the Sui dynasty (581–618 AD). The length of the Grand Canal is 1,776 km and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After a canal cruise we walked through the local market for a look at the produce on sale. Not sure about the meat and seafood (no refrigeration) but the fruit and vegetables looked OK. The crowded street, sights and smells were memorable.

We then visited the Master of the Nets Garden which was first constructed in…

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