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Suzhou – Lingering Garden

lingeringgardenWhat a day to wake up to! Sunny, little haze, low humidity and warm… a perfect day to go visit some gardens. There are quite a few gardens here in Suzhou. So many, I doubt we will get through all of them by the time we head home in two weeks. We did know we needed to for sure visit the Liu Lingering ‘Liu Yuan’ and Master of the Nets gardens. Both are claimed to be the best in gardens.

Remember back when we went to Humble Administrator’s Garden in September last year, I told you I would let you know if Humble was all it was touted at being. Well, Humble shies in comparison to the two we visited today. Easily… Master of the Net is perfection in a tiny package and Lingering was simply gorgeous–my favorite personal favorite. Since we have two major trips planned before leaving, Mike did not have the time to take off to spend with us visiting the gardens, so you will see mainly the kids. As usual, the gardens are best viewed during the week when attendance is low…

Lingering offered more than just garden views. We enjoyed a lady playing the Sheng, two people playing instruments and storytelling and a tiny opera performance. It was so darn neat! Loved every minute at this garden. Sheng is the oldest reed instrument in China. It’s the earliest music instrument using free reed in the world. This gal performed in one of the pavilions…

Suzhou Storytelling and Ballad Singing is sort of a folk art originated in Suzhou in ancient times. Performed by two people, sometimes telling and sometimes signing. Accompanying musical instruments are Pi-pa and the Chinese Tricord…

In China, there are many kinds of opera, including Beijing Opera; all are nurtured from Kunqu Opera. Kunqu Opera, “the Ancestor of Chinese Traditional Operas”, is one of the oldest operas still existing in Modern China today. It originated over 600 years ago…

Fun videos, huh? So different than what we see in the US. Here are the photos from Lingering Garden…


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Guangxi Province – Light Show on the Li River

In the Pudong, Shanghai airport, on the way to Chengdu, we came across a lady who told us about a nighttime show she saw in Yangshuo. She shared with us, it was the most memorable show she had ever seen. She was brought to tears with it all. Liu Sanjie, is choreographed by the master movie-maker and cinematographer, Zhang Yimou, who also oversaw the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The entire show, performed at 8pm, was acted out on the river and features bamboo rafts, cormorant fishermen and dramatic lighting. The show easily employed over 300 actors alone. Even though we understood the story line, but it was still very hard to follow. But the sights were flashy and we are glad we went…

Here was another part of the show…

I did manage to get a few shots. They are not the best, but I still wanted to share the experience with you.


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Beijing – Acrobat Show

After the best day walking the Wall, we decided to hit an Acrobatic Show in town. It came highly recommended by the tourist books, websites and our hotel owner. Acrobatics have a long history in China. Students begin training around the tender age of five in order to be supple, skillful and strong enough to perform the stunts we saw. Shows usually include a range of acts, including balancing, contortion, jugglers, formation troupes, and magicians. Modern times have brought in motorcycle darning acts. We were so dumbfounded and on the edge of our seats with the motorcycles, I started to record once it became almost unbearable to watch. Take a look at this video…

Wasn’t that unreal? My jaw still drops when I watch it. Unlike the US, were it is outlawed to take a camera. In China, you can bring your nice camera and even use a tripod at your seat. I didn’t bring the tripod and only used my little point in shoot, G12. Here are some photos of the feats being performed.


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