100s of Photos Documenting a 6-week tour of
Malaysia ~ Singapore ~ Thailand ~ China
Section II: China
Photos by Bill and Sue-On
Captions by Sue-On (expanded from our FaceBook pages)
Gallery 29:
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 It was still raining after our Suzhou Canal tour. 
Miss Maggie gathered us all up for the bus to go to the 
Garden of Master of the Nets.
 Our animated tour guide Jessica was on hand to greet us on the bus.
 This is the entrance to the walled-off 
UNESCO site called Garden of Master of the Nets.
 As with each venue we visited, our guide had to purchase entry tickets.
 This site is recognized as one of the finest classical gardens. 
The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills 
for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique masterpieces.
 These gardens, first constructed in 1140 
by Deputy Civil Service Minister Shi Zhengzhi, 
were first known as Ten Thousand Volume Hall. 
He was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a fisherman 
depicted in philosophical writings. 
Passing through three owners, the gardens were finally given over 
to the Suzhou government in 1958 by the daughter of the last owner - 
He Chang.
 A neighborhood co-exists within the walls of the garden site. 
The inhabitants work elsewhere in the city 
as well as providing much-needed souvenir outlets. 
The signage always provide a chuckle or two.
 Don't understand Chinglish? 
This means "No Smoking Allowed" 
as the buildings and contents are constructed of ancient and fragile wood.
 The entrance to the reception area.
 A painting of the various areas of the site. 
The 5,400 square meter garden is divided into east and west sections.
 The Map legend: 
The eastern part consists of residential quarters, 
while the gardens are located in the western part.
 A mahogany sedan chair, weighing over 500 kg 
was once used to transport officials and members of rich families.
 The plaque gives some history on the use and design of the sedan chair.
 I missed the last "sedan shuttle" so must wait for the next one.
 Jessica gave a brief history of the reception room.
 Ancient Chinese doorways have a high "step-over" - 
as a means of keeping out evil spirits, ghosts, etc.
 The height is needed to keep out ghosts. 
One would have to bend the knee to step over, 
and ghosts are known to NOT have knees!
 Even with knees, access could still be a chore for seniors!
 There was no central heating, 
so these bronze braziers were used to warm the rooms 
whenever they are in use.
 As indicated by the sign, this was the main reception hall and 
once contained 10000 volumes of books.
 Examples of some of the extraordinary furnishings and decorations in the hall.
 Wood carved seating.
 Exit to Building of Gathering Elegance


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