TRANSPORTATION IN SUZHOU: GETTING AROUND IN THE CITY AND GOING TO TONGLI, LUZHI, MUDU AND OTHER INTERESTING NEARBY VILLAGES

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Suzhou is a larger city than it may seem. Continue reading “TRANSPORTATION IN SUZHOU: GETTING AROUND IN THE CITY AND GOING TO TONGLI, LUZHI, MUDU AND OTHER INTERESTING NEARBY VILLAGES”

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MOUNT HUA (HUASHAN 华山)

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  • We were here: October 3, 2018.
  • Number of recommended days: 1 if we have seen other Chinese mountains, 2 otherwise.
  • My score: 2/5, although this depends even more on if other mountains among the important ones in the country have been visited before, since at least one should be a mandatory stop (what would mean 3/5 or higher), regardless of whether we are countryside fans or not.

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SUZHOU

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  • We were here: September 26, 2018.
  • Recommended number of days: at least one full day, including overnight stay. Better if they are two.
  • My score: I doubt between rating it 3 or 4/5.

Most visitors think Suzhou is a town with canals and gardens and not a full-blown city with almost 6 million inhabitants. The truth is that it is both, Continue reading “SUZHOU”

XI’AN

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  • We were here: 2 days at the beginning of October 2018.
  • Number of days needed: 2. If you are going on a day trip to Mount Hua, then 3. If you are a fan of archeology, you probably need a week.
  • My score: 3/5. No doubt it is a city worthy of a visit, but I am not sure if I would repeat it, and certainly not in the next few years, I explain below why.

Xi’an (西安) is the most important city in the history of China. Continue reading “XI’AN”

SHANGHAI

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  • We were here: 3 days at the end of September 2018.
  • Number of days needed for a visit: at least 2.
  • My score: 4/5.

My Chinese cousin Jiaping told me once, “I love living in Spain, but even better is that the day I want to return to my city, I’ll be returning nothing less than to Shanghai”. At that moment I could imagine what she was referring to, but now that I have seen it with my own eyes, I understand perfectly the reason of her satisfaction face. Continue reading “SHANGHAI”