Friday, September 19, 2008

Lingering Garden

Steven, Megan, Sam, Madelyn, Lexis, and Ryan in a classic Suzhou Garden Liu Yuan - "lingering between heaven and earth forever"

September 19, 2008 -- SUZHOU: Beisi Tower

Matt, Stan, Christian and Braeden

Matt, Edwin, Stan and Christian

Buddhist ceremony in the courtyard of Beisi tower.

Matt, Braeden and Stan on Beisi Tower

Matt, Stan, Braeden, Christian in front of one of Suzhou's famous canals

September 19, 2008 -- Suzhou

Today we went to Suzhou -- a city of 5.5 million about 40 km. Northwest of Shanghai, famous for its silk and gardens. We started at the Humble Administrators' Garden -- below: Christian, Steven and Ila.

Ila, Sam, Edwin and Megan

Ila, Sam and Megan

September 17, 2008: Pudong Skyscrapers...

In Pudong, with the Pearl of the Orient Tower in the backgound

Steven and Ying at the top of Jinmao Tower

September 17, 2008 -- on the Huangpu River

A view of Pudong from the Bund -- Stan, Madelyn and Steven on the "Waitan" -- (foreign beach) with bank buildings and hotels built by European powers in the early 20th century. The Oriental Pearl Tower is in the background.

A view of the Bund from Pudong - Madelyn and Braeden at the top of the Jinmao tower, which was Asia's tallest until 2004 and was designed by an American architectural firm.