We met up with our van and our guide, Rocky, at 9:00 to drive to Suzhou (pronounced Sue-Joe) and Tongli (a water town – the “Venice of the East”).  It was about an hour and a half drive to Suzhou.  Not so much traffic today as it’s Sunday.  And the skies are pretty clear and sunny.

Our first stop in Suzhou was the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets.  This garden was begun as early as 1140 AD, but had fallen into disrepair when it was overhauled in 1785, and it’s bones remain about the same as then, although it has been “improved” by each subsequent owner.

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