Suzhou Street Scenes: Photos by Barry (mainly)

Suzhou intersection

Although Suzhou is known for its ancient canals and beautiful bridges, it is also a city of almost six million people.

43 seconds to cross the street

Barry and I had really liked the city for its water canals and old lovely buildings when we were there last spring.

Pampered Suzhou dog

Giggling Suzhou girls

So on another rainy weekend in Shanghai, Barry and I returned to Suzhou, which  is only 1 ½ hours by bus from Shanghai.  We wanted to see the Suzhou museum that we had missed in June, go to a tea house, buy more pearl earrings, and wander the scenic streets.

We arrived during the annual Suzhou Literary Festival and went to a session: “Street Photography” by Sue Anne Tay, a young woman from Singapore who has lived in the U.S. and England,  and now works in Shanghai.   She’s an excellent, thought-provoking photographer and writer.  After her hour talk, she took all who wanted to go for a walk through the Suzhou streets and gave us hints about taking photos.   Barry and I, each with a camera, joined the group to see what we could capture.   Barry took almost all of these Suzhou photos.

Sue Anne has a blog you will love.  Go to:  “Shanghai Street Stories”   at  <http://shanghaistreetstories.com/> for her great photographs and insights.  Because she speaks Chinese, Sue Anne gets the stories behind the photos too.

Sue Anne

Sue Anne giving photography advice on the street

Suzhou lane

The best Suzhou baozi shop

Suzhou Canal

Beautiful qipao (cheongsam)

A hat or a head?

Beautiful Suzhou opera--it's true, we loved it!

Suzhou tiles

Suzhou door

Canal pedestrian walkway (that also has motorbikes and bicycles zipping through)

Festive Suzhou stone lion

Two people could carry me

Of course, lots of wedding photos along a Suzhou canal

Suzhou grandpa (probably) with cute kids

Napping in Suzhou

Suzhou child

Red underwear on a Suzhou canal

Suzhou street food

Yummy grilled tofu in Suzhou

Thanks, Barry,  for all the photos of Suzhou.  We hope you take your camera everywhere.

Aloha and zaì jiàn, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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