Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

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Hong Kong Park

Getting a later and later start in the mornings – winding down I guess.  My left knee is still bothering me from the escalator gyrations I’ve been doing.  When I walk it loosens up a bit, but when I sit for a while and then get up, it’s a killer.

The weather is not so bad – not nearly what we had thought it was going to be.  A little overcast, but at least not raining, so we decided to postpone the History Museum and instead enjoy the outdoors.  Hot and humid though.  I did not wear my trusty travel vest today – way too hot.

After a short walk from the Conrad, we toured Hong Kong Park.  Very lovely and serene, even amidst the skyscrapers that ring the park.  Two peaceful lakes with a path in between cut through the middle of the park.  In the picture on the left, you can see the building designed by the famous architect I.M. Pei.

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Suzhou & Tongli

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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