Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Guan Qian Jie is a popular pedestrian shopping street in Suzhou. It was located just next to our hotel. So it was really very convenient and we dont have to worry about taking any transport to and fro from hotel and shopping street. Preparing oysters/shellfish on the floor, looks kind of unhygenic to me. Xuanmiao Taoist Temple built in 276 AD, it has been renovated many times due to damage sustained during the wars of past dynasties. Originally, the temple was called Zhenqing Taoist Temple. It was renamed Xuanmiao Taoist Temple during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in Suzhou as well as a key cultural relic under state protection. (Source) The reason for the long queue to purchase the freshly hand baked bread was that they only baked 20 bread at one time to ensure the freshness and warmess of the bread when sold. I will post photo of the bread when I purchased them on the next day at another branch where the queue is shorter.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
For dinner, we were too lazy to go out to hunt for restaurants since our hotel has a very nice Chinese Restaurant. The ambience in the chinese restaurant was very cozy and lovely. I guess the band did not come as it was non peak season for travelling as there were less tourists. As we had very late lunch, we decided to have lighter dinner. We ordered fried rice in Lotus Leaf, normally it was glutinous rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf but this dish is different, it uses fried rice and steamed in lotus leaf, tasted good and not oily as most glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves were either oily or too mushy. ALso ordered some bbq pork pastry. (Char Siu soh) Hahaha, I just had to take photos of the beautiful wash basins in the toilet in the Chinese Restaurant in Hotel Soul, it was the cleanest and beautiful toilet I had encountered during my entire trip.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
After our return from Shantang Jie, it was around 2.40 pm, we decided to try our luck in taking the free shuttle service from the hotel to Humble Administrator's Garden provided by Hotel Soul. The next available timing was 3 pm, yes, they could provide us the service and there's only 2 of us taking the hotel's car. About 10 mins ride away only, however, we need to make our own way back to hotel, they only provided one way.Our return trip, we took the taxi from the garden back to our hotel at only 15 yuan. We two senior citizens were super tired from the sightseeing for the day. Admission fee to the garden was 70 yuan for adult and free for children if accompanied by adult. For senior citizen above 60 there's 50% discount, so my hubby got a 50% discount (35 yuan) by showing them a photocopy of his passport details. Outside the garden, there's rows of shops selling sovenirs. The museum is also next door but we did not visit the museum. This is the non peak season, otherwise there's would be long queue to enter the garden. The Humble Administrator's Garden was originally built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was initially a private garden of a former government servant named Wang Xianchen. It was said that Wang was frustrated in his official career, so he intended to build a garden after retire and just do some gardening work like planting trees and cultivating vegetables there. He thought that was a simple life led by a humble man like him, hence the name of the garden. The garden was created upon the old relics of a residence and a Taoist temple. Water feature is the main background and its natural landscape includes small forests, hills and rock formations. It also has man-made pavilions, halls and parlors. Unlike the Grand View Garden and other famous gardens in Beijing, it is a representative work of the Ming Dynasty building style. Read more from source. Picture of a frog formed by pebbles on the pathway. There's many gardens in Suzhou, but I dont think is really necessary to visit them all, one garden is enough cause can be quite boring and tiring to walk round each huge garden.
Monday, July 18, 2016
After touring Shantang Jie, we had lunch in a family cafe in one of the mall near the metro station. It costs us around 30 yuan. The first lunch set is shrimp with eggs that comes with side dishes like vegetables, soup. The second set is gong bao chicken We ordered extra dish of beef with onions. The food was tasty and price cheap.
Friday, July 15, 2016
If not for the rain, it was nice taking a slow walk along Shantang Jie. The scenery is really beautiful. Many souvenir shops along the street. The street is free admission but you need to pay to go for the boat ride. Common Tour Boat: CNY 25 per person; 45 minutes. Manual Ship: CNY 100 per boat (a boat can hold eight people) Hours: 8:00 to 21:00 This is the place where the rain started to pour again, we had to seek shelter in the buildings. Video of boat ride along canal of Shantang Jie.