26 Jul, 2019 in Suzhou

Suzhou has a lot of wonderful Chinese gardens. In my last visit to Suzhou in wonderful weather I visited quite a few of those. The first two were the Humble Administrator and Lion Grove Gardens, dating back to the 12th and the 13th century, and are now UNESCO heritage sites. Aside from just being very […]

23 Jun, 2019 in Suzhou

I recently went back to revisit Suzhou after 5-6 years of being away. First time I visited it was cold and gloomy, and on top of that there was heavy pollution, making it very difficult for me to enjoy the beauty of Suzhou. Coming back, most time is was gorgeous sunny weather with fairly blue […]

17 Sep, 2018 in Nanjing

Following a visit to Nanjing University I had half a day to explore the area and so set off from campus towards the north east to go see Xuanwu Lake and the nearby Nanjing old city walls. I was lucky with the weather and pollution levels were fairly low, and since it was a weekday, […]

5 Jul, 2018 in Nanjing, Visions

It’s been 6 years since I last visited Nanjing with my father, and I recently had a chance to go back and visit for a work-related trip. I had a day or so to also wonder around the university area and explore Nanjing on foot, which led me to see Nanjing in a new light […]

6 Jun, 2018 in Suzhou, Visions

It’s been almost 6 years since I last visited Suzhou and the city of Suzhou has changed dramatically. Sure, you have the old areas with the canals (unjustifiably promoted as “Venice of the east”) which we all know of, but then you have the amazing new area surrounding the lake. That area, to me, signifies […]

19 Dec, 2012 in Suzhou
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Suzhou is famous for its canals. There are ancient Venetian style canal streets in Suzhou that date back 1200 years – Pingjiang (平江路) and Shantang streets (山塘街) and offer a glimpse of Suzhou’s former grandeur. Many of the famous Chinese poets and painters have works of art dedicated to the beauty of those Suzhou canals. […]

7 Nov, 2012 in Nanjing
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If you want to see Nanjing from above, make your way to the Nanjing Purple Mountains (紫金山, Zijinshan). After wrapping up a few temples, ancient city walls and lakes in Nanjing, we set to see a bit of the nature surrounding Nanjing. As usually is the case for me with China travel, this just happened […]

21 Oct, 2012 in Nanjing
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Overlooking Qin Huai River and not too far from old Nanjing walls and the Gate of China is the Nanjing Confucius Temple featuring one of the biggest statues of the great teacher. In Taiwan I’ve been told that Confucian temples generally are not suppose to have statues, just scrolls, but this doesn’t seem to be […]

12 Oct, 2012 in Suzhou
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Ever since arriving in the region I’ve been repeatedly asked about my favorite place in China. Being the good psyc student that I am I am usually able to reflect back the question, and many of the responses I get include Suzhou as a wondrous place in China with the ancient gardens and long canals, […]

25 May, 2012 in Nanjing
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The Nanjing Xuanwu Lake at night is China at its best. Subtle lighting, romantic atmosphere, long walking paths without any cars, a few pagodas and Chinese like decorations, the growing Nanjing skyline in the background, and you’ve got a winner. It’s lovely walking around in the evening – couples walking about hand in hand, healthy-looking […]

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