Saturday, 9 October 2010

Back in Black

So I can now get back onto blogspot (hurrah!)
All updates up until this glorious point have been made here:
But now, as this site is prettier and I have some friends yes I do, I'll be posting again right here right now.

This week was a week of joy as it was National Holiday! We all had a week off to celebrate China's founding of the PRC on Oct 1st, 1949. Me and Iain took our chance and got on the only train that had any tickets left, and ended up in Suzhou, only an hour away from our abode, but still... it was a holiday! We stayed 6 days, which is probably a little too long for Suzhou which is mainly feeling the gardens vibe and not much else, but we managed to keep ourselves busy by sleeping late and eating lots.

Highlights of the trip included our day trip to neighbouring town Luzhi which at first sight was more like a model village full of shops rather than an 'ancient water town' but it improved slightly with time, especially after a small child shouted 'hallo!' to us as she stood with her pants down and wiped her behind.
We had our paparazzi days at Tiger Hill (an ancient pagoda just on the outskirts of Suzhou) and at the Humble Administrator's Garden, both major tourist hotspots. We basically had a photo shoot at Tiger Hill, we'd have been rich if we'd charged for every photo that was taken of us that day...

Food wise Suzhou is now my favourite place in China. We fell in love with an all-you-can-eat restaurant called Amazon, which had sushi, chinese food, korean food, and... salad!!!! It even had a chocolate fountain. And it was a mere 6 English Pounds for this delight, with unlimited soft drinks too --- they even had a nescafe coffee machine (ultimate joy!)

Another part of our trip worth a mention was our uber skilled playing of pool. All the hostels and most of the bars had pool tables so we hit that up big style, with me actually improving enough to almost win on occasions, muy impressive. The dorms in the hostels were a bit of an experience, thankfully we only stayed in dorms for 3 of the 6 nights... Chinese tourists are definitely not familiar with dorm etiquette... rustling plastic bags and talking loudly at 6am does not come into my knowledge of hostel practice!

So we are now back in Nanjing sadly, back to work and back to trying to fix our wireless internet. Mission plan for this weekend is also to invest in some bikes, but I had a tantrum yesterday when we tried to barter unsuccessfully in half pidgin Mandarin, half mime, and so we came home with no spoils. Attempt two will begin on Monday... wish us luck.

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