This is by far my favourite part of Suzhou. These streets are 2500 years old, compared with 15 years old where we live. The main streets are madness whenever we’ve been there – here is where you realise that road rules in China were made to be ignored. It’s noisy and smelly and confusing and wonderful – for a short time.
Walking street – a mix of old and new
The Kappa store – where sales assistants hound you from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. And their mannequins are real people.
Five minutes walk away you’re in another place entirely.
Along this canal, in the space of five minutes, we saw this lady washing the dishes, another throwing some kind of liquid into the canal, and two men about to urinate in it – until they saw us approaching. Not a place to go swimming!!
Stopping at a teahouse after a long day wandering the streets.