Suzhou IFS Center > 452 mtr

Suzhou IFS Center is making progress. When finished it will be the highest skyscraper in Suzhou and one of the highest in China with its 452 mgr height. It will be a fitting partner for the Gate to the Orient on the other side of Jinji Lake with its 302 mtr height: yin and yang. Nevertheless I do wonder who is going to use all that office space…

Suzhou IFS Center is making progress. When finished it will be the highest skyscraper in Suzhou and one of the highest in China with its 452 mtr height. It will be a fitting partner for the ‘Gate to the Orient’ on the other side of Jinji Lake with its 302 mtr height: yin and yang. I do wonder who is going to use all that office space…

Coloured frogs!

After entering 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 submerged in paint? What do animal activists make of this? They also might take a look at the frogs, toads and turtles for consumption purposes at the other side of the store . . . once I even saw a shopping card with a moving plastic bag: toad inside!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!

McDonalds shop-in-shop

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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.

Tiger Hill visit

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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.

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