Suzhou panoramas

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Last Sunday something extraordinary happened: Suzhou had crystal clear skies! A good incentive to explore the surroundings, so I though it would be nice to go cycling to the other side of the city, and maybe go hiking there. I booked a hotel in Suzhou New District–the western counterpart of Suzhou Industrial Park where I live–for one night and off I went!

Normally visibility is limited due to the high humidity and the air pollution. But this day sky was very clear. I brought along my camera to make a few pics of downton Suzhou. Perfect opportunity to try out my good old Pentax lens (Pentax-M 28mm f3.5). It did not disappoint me, great detail! Too bad that the next day was rather cloudy: remnants of a tyfoon that turned into our direction. As with all images here: click on them to load larger ones!

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Suzhou from Tianping Mountain

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At the top of Tianping Mountain (200 mtr) old ladies offered shooting games with a small air gun, ring throwing (around teddybears on boxes), and sold refreshments. They waited patiently under selfmade sun coverings. Sometimes chatter broke out to fade away after a few minutes. At the end of the day they will descend from the mountain to go to Mudu village, only to return the next morning.

Visibility was limited to 10 kilometers at most. You could see the the skyscrapers agglomeration between Shishancun mountain and the innercity, but not the Gate of the Orient at the other end of the innercity. Well visible was the urban sprawl: clusters of flats going up to 90 meters, and rectangular low rise neighbour hoods.

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