Another belated Easter travels post (I have been having 'computer issues' of late).
While down in Shanghai we decided we would have a couple of nights in Suzhou. This is one of the many canal towns around Shangers. It's also one of the many places to call itself the 'Venice of the..' (insert geographical location), although Marco Polo thought it was pretty good! It is famed as the centre of Chinese garden design.
It also appears to be THE place to go to have your wedding photies taken.
I have to say that it is a top little (well, its a huge city, but the old town is quite compact) place.
In the past, there were over a 1000 gardens in Suzhou, now there are but a few left. A typical Chinese garden is a combination of rocks, water, trees and buildings, reflecting the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony, or something.
Our two faves were two of the smaller, quieter gardens, probably because we got there as they opened and they were really peaceful. The two famous ones: The Humble Administrator's garden and the Lion Grove were both heaving. They were still really impressive and interesting, but not very photogenic due to the hordes. Also the stares that Westerners can get is quite annoying after a while, especially for our TWO (what's that about for a start?) blond children. Mostly its just looking at the unusual, but you can feel like an exhibit in a zoo at times. In China though, staring is not in any way considered rude.
Finally, we went to the Blue Wave Pavilion, which was probably my favourite. Lots of artists painting scenes and again, we were early enough to enjoy a bit of peace and q.
Below is me messing about with the point of focus. I was really struck by these two pillars with calligraphy on them.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.