Danny and I left for Suzhou. To me, Suzhou was a smaller version of Hangzhou. The atmosphere was very similar, and the parks had a lot of the same scenery. However, the weather was a lot better here. It wasn’t extremely hot or humid. Overall, It was the coolest weather I experienced in China, and YES, it was a very nice change.
One of our favorites places was probably 平江路PINGJIANG LU. It was a street filled with shops and eateries, and although it was very modern, the old, traditional essence of this street still existed. Our favorite shop was this café that also sold postcards and books (but the postcards were the important part). People could send themselves a postcard to their future selves. You just let them know when and where you want it sent, and when the time comes, they’ll send it. It’s a pretty neat idea! Danny and I spent a lot of time in this café looking at the postcards, books, and THE GUESTBOOK. (There were a lot of funny things that were written. Wish I took some pics of the many written messages.)
On this very day on this street, Danny recommended that I try this snack that all the Chinese students eat called 蛋饼DANBING. I like to call it the “Chinese Taco.” The chef makes the wrapping right in front of you, which consists of a doughy paste and an egg. Then he adds a hotdog, some vegetables, and a few delicious sauces (that may be a little spicy) and viola. You have an amazing treat! It filled my craving, and hope somewhere in the U.S. has this!
(I’m currently in Taipei now, and have not found it here! If anyone knows where to get one in this area, let me know!)
The next evening, we checked out the 金鸡湖JINJI LAKE. We were so tired and exhausted that the only thing that kept us going were these statues and sculptures that were alongside it. I think Danny and I had a lot of fun messing around haha. Can you guess where we are in these pictures?
Near this lake was this tall building that seemed to be created from connecting two buildings together. At first, I thought it made some artistic statement, but Danny ruined that for me. He pointed out that jokes would be made about this building because it looked like two legs. He also mentioned, that he would feel awkward walking in between them. Haha. I don’t know though. To me, it just looks like some buildings, haha.
One of the greatest moments in Suzhou (and all of my time in China) was meeting Chinese FRIENDS. Our first night we played a couple games of Jenga and then a few games of Uno. The funny thing was, when the guy was explaining the game, he called this game “Yo-no.” Danny and I laughed right then and explained the “actual” pronunciation. Hahaha. Also, how he explained the rules were just a little different to how we Americans play, but I guess that’s just part of having cultural differences. We only knew these guys for a couple of days, but they were very welcoming. Hope that some day, we can cross paths again when I’m back in China!