A Short Trip to Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai (2)

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Friday, June 13, 2008

WUZHEN
In the afternoon, we went to Wuzhen which is known as the Lifeblood of Heavenly Cities.
About 80 kilometers from Hangzhou, Wuzhen is one of many small towns where people still rely on the river network.

In Chinese, "wu" means crow or dark, and "zhen" means a small town. Wuzhen displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. Also, setting it apart from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background.

It is said that people have lived in Wuzhen for 7,000 years and over time it has produced a galaxy of talents. Mao Dun, an outstanding modern Chinese writer, was born here, and his masterpiece, 'The Lin's Shop', describes vividly the life of Wuzhen. In 1991, Wuzhen was authorized as the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture, so ranking first among the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River.

The third day of the journey, we left Hangzhou and headed east to Suzhou and Shanghai.


SUZHOU
Suzhou is located in the south of Jiangsu province, some 50 miles west of Shanghai, along the old Grand Canal. The city has been famous for its gardens for many centuries. According to a Chinese proverb says: "In heaven there is paradise. On earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou." Suzhou has also long been noted for its beautiful women. The city is dotted with lakes and ponds connected by a spider's web of canals. And all the canals are lined with whitewashed houses with gray-tiled roofs.
 

 







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