Suzhou 13.05.2018


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The first thing I noticed in Suzhou was amazingly awful air. I have no idea how locals manage to survive here. The difference with Zhangjiajie is especially bright.

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Smog can be seen from everywhere. Especially if you go a bit up to a view point.

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In old times Suzhou was considered as a city for aristocrats. They really loved to spend a summer in this area. A kind of Bath.

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A city of Chinese gardens.

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Market. A very dirty and smelly one. Indian market in Pune was a way much cleaner.

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A group of workers cut the bushes. They clean everything almost immediately. In just 50 m away you might have no idea that it was cut just a few minutes ago.

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Chinese garden.

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Buildings, bridges and stones are even more important than plants.

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Street food.

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City channels. I've heard that Suzhou is called sometimes as Chinese Venice. I didn't have such an impression: there are just a few major channels, some of them are buried under the ground and there is no gondolas.

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Main walking street.

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This city also has own subway. Chinese metro is really cool. They make spacious interchanges, they build underground shopping malls combined with metro exits. So the space is used in a smart way. And it's done in a convenient way. Every station has a toilet (!)

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They even have umbrella renting automates!
The only issue is extremely long stop and starts on the station. It really adds up to the trip time.

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Self-organized queues on the fast train to Shanghai.

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