Boats, West Lake, Hangzhou
The Jiangnan region is a picturesque area outside Shanghai that includes the growing cities of Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nanjing. Hangzhou is famous for its beautiful West Lake, Nanjing for its rockwork, Suzhou for its gardens and canal system, and Wuxi for its fancy new Lingshan Buddhist Temple.
We toured through the region in a quick week, sampling a garden here, museum there, and many factories/ stores since, after all, our tour guide would receive commission for everything we bought. Nonetheless, it was cherry blossom season, and the pink flowers were in full bloom, the tea was fresh, and the weather was picture-perfect.
Sunset, West Lake Park, Hangzhou
Lake through trees, Hangzhou
Boating dock, West Lake, Hangzhou
Guardian dog-lions on a bridge, Hangzhou
Buddhist lanterns, Lingshan Buddhist Temple, Wuxi
Giant Buddha, Lingshan Buddhist Temple, Wuxi
Bells, Lingshan Buddhist Temple, Wuxi
Longjing Tea fields, outside Hangzhou
Sun-Yat Sen Memorial, Purple Mountains, Nanjing
Rock garden, Nanjing
Window in Liuyuan (Lingering Garden), Suzhou
Student drawing a rock garden in Liuyuan, Suzhou