After entering the small Auchan in Suzhou, my attention was immediately caught by the new aquaria. One of them contained small coloured frogs (the good old iMac 1950s pastel combinations) that were for sale. Is it a colouring agent in their food, or were they earlier submerged in paint? I wonder what animal activists would make of this. They also might take a look at the frogs, toads and turtles at the other side of the store for consumption purposes. . . once I even saw a shopping cart with a moving plastic bag in it: toad inside!
I can’t remember the last time I visited a hospital in the Netherlands: If you have a small medical problem you first go to a general practitioner (huisarts). These are unknown in China. So a sudden ear infection led me to the local hospital. Continue reading
Fishing boats along one of the many canals in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). There are no facilities for the boats: it is in the middle of a residential area. Continue reading
On busy nights this entrepreneur sits at the local McDonalds. She takes orders from her website. She buys MacDonalds food that people can pick up, or that her friend delivers. Price for this service is 1 yuan extra. McDonalds is strict on internal guidelines and branding, so it is remarkable to see something like this happening.
Last weekend I finally went to Tiger Hill. It is perhaps the most famous tourist spot of Suzhou, besides the Humble Administrators Garden. Tiger Hill is few kilometers outside the old mooted city and sits a few hundred meters away from the Grand Canal that runs all the way to Bejing. The road leading to the hill is filled with sellers of street food.
Its main attraction is the Bhudist pagoda that tops Tiger Hill. It stands at an angle and unfortunately you can’t climb it. It is surrounded by many other places of worship and waterworks. Personally I found the Pensai (in the West also known as Bonsai, their Japanese name) garden next to the monastery the most interesting.