Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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What is again notable looking out the window is that there doesn't seem to be a single square inch of the country that isn't planted with some sort of crop
Suzhou is a genteel city near Shanghai built around a number of canals. It is also famed for its gardens, with names like 'the humble administrator's garden' and 'a garden to linger in'. The gardens tend to be mostly centred around ponds and feature lots of landscaping and pavilions and so on, rather than much in the way of plants and flowers. They are very pleasant to walk around and we spend 3 days doing very little except going to the gardens and enjoying being able to walk along the canals without noisy traffic.
We also spend a good 2 hours queuing to get train tickets - as well as people wanting to take trains during the current 3 day mid-autumn festival, people are also booking tickets for the October National 'day' holiday, which is in fact 7 days of public holidays, while we are in Beijing, which is busy enough at any time, so we are expecting chaos.