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Suzhou July 2004
It was 100 degrees and the food was, well, scarce. Not the best trip I've taken but at least Hanhan made it more bearable.
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600 Year old tree and Hanhan.
600 year old guy.
The largest indoor opera stage in Eastern China.
Emperor & Empress
Pool between 2 halls of the administrator's house.
Nice pool and nice girl.
House with well at Humble Administrator's Garden (H.A.G.)
Lotus pool.
Lotus flower girl.
'Smell rice' hall.
'Smell rice hall' wooden screen with carvings showing life at the time.
Hanhan with lovely drinks!
Hanhan with her snack.
Another lotus pool with bent trees.
Stones from Tai Lake.
A pavilion in the garden.
A lotus blossom floating in the pool.
A round door is to frame the following 'scene'.
Carvings on the furniture in house shows cooking utensils.
Lotus blossom panels with 'cracked ice' inlays for the windows.
Who's in this 'picture'?
Middle garden at H.A.G.
Different view of the middle garden
Front gate of H.A.G.
Bridal sedan with guards.
Bridal sedan with groom!
Wedding party hall, tying the knot literally.
Bridal sedan.
Birthday party hall.
Three 'gods'. Luck, power, longevity.
Female stone lion.
Chinese say this looks like a lion. Do you see it?
A list of accomplishments of the family who lived here.
Chatting (gossip) seats for females only.
Can you see the 7 lions? I can't! Need more wine I guess.
Chinese say this one looks like a girl.
Hanhan pretending not to hear me.
Nice salutes!
A pavilion
Pavilion and pools.
Hanhan on the falls.
Hanhan has fallen into them.
Stone 'boat'.
A dark cavern.
A picture in silk. Bad reflection, sorry.
Taking a rest, it's been a long hot day.
Heading to the famous Suzhou tower.
At the base of the tower.
A fat, happy Buddha
Tower and Buddha
Now we see why Buddha is happy.
Rub Hanhan! Rub!
Two dragons on a temple.
A temple next to the tower.
Hutongs, fewer of these left in China now.
Naughty imp!
The view from the tower.
The view from the tower.
The view from the tower.
Silk tapestry showing ancient life.
Silk tapestry showing ancient life.
Silk tapestry showing ancient life.
Silk tapestry showing ancient life.
'Virgin' goddess. Guanyin Pusan.
The 'Reading Buddha', Tamgseng
Tired Hanhan at resting at the bottom.
Heading home through the tower gate.