Saturday, November 11, 2006

Water Township of Suzhou

Since 42% area of the city Suzhou is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, the city is often praised as the Oriental Venice.
I took a boat ride along the Suzhou Grand Canal to enjoy a good view of the landscape of a typical river town including age-old dwelling houses, stone bridges of traditional designs.
The long history of the city has left behind many attractive scenic spots - the Grand Canal being one of the oldest and longest.
One of the many wooden bridges across the city's many waterways.
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Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water townships in China, situated in Kunshan City which is only 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou.
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It is noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses.
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When night falls, the water city of Suzhou turns into a colourful small town (next posting).

1 comment:

zbjernak said...

venice of the east?

lovely..more characters than venice i suppose