Suzhou is known for its gardens with more than 150 of them spread throughout the city. The one we visited was described as one of the larger gardens built for one of the government's lowly administrators. Having visited Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai I thought it would be difficult to see another garden as beautiful, but I was wrong. This garden, while different in many ways, was as beautiful and interesting as Yuyuan.
One pond at the Administrator's Garden was particularly beautiful from almost any angle it was
photographed. The trees and rocks framed the pictures and the reflections in the water was superb.

Alicia (seated) and Anne take a few minutes to relax by
the pond. Beth and Phil Rosenberg, two of our group, are
in the background.

Anne hiding in one of the
rock outcroppings
Here I go again shooting crazy Chinese doorways and statues
on the lattice and eaves of the buildings. I just can't help it as it fascinates me and captures my full attention.

This corner was particularly beautiful with its Moon gate and view
of the pond and lily pads. Unfortunately it was impossible to get
pictures without people and, worse yet, to try and pose people.

The pond with lily pads

Reflections of the rooftop

Small pagoda by the pond

Exiting the Administrator's Garden I ran across this street scene (left) showing the bird cages hanging on the side of one's house. Birds are the favored pet in China due to the limited space available in apartments and homes, and the cost of feeding larger pets like cats and dogs. The Chinese are very affectionate toward their birds. Many of the older Chinese take their birds to parks each day where they meet others who have also brought their birds. There they sit and listen to the birds sing as they talk.

Our trip back to Shanghai would be by bus and approximately two hours. That gave us a chance to do two important things. First to see some of the countryside which is always interesting, and second, to take a little nap. You know how car rides make you tired when you're not driving don't you?

This was our last night in Shanghai and we had to prepare to leave for Wuhan and the Yangtze River cruise the next afternoon. Continue to the next page to see some pictures from the beautiful Shanghai Museum and of our trip to Wuhan ...

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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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