June 19, p.m.: Charlie first took us to the slightly claustrophobic "Garden of the Master of the Nets", which was partly under reconstruction with bamboo scaffolding. We admired the Victorian-looking - but earlier - furniture, the sandalwood Sedan chair, and the ponds and pavilions, but it lacked the subtlety of Japanese gardens.
|Garden of the Master of the Nets
Next, we were free to walk through the town, where I took these photos as well as
this and that to illustrate the jolliness and the large number of bikes.
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Suzhou Travel Guide
Classical Chinese Garden Society
Garden of the Master of the Net
Charlie told us that he had been caught as a student and sent to work the fields in Manchuria for 4 years, after which he worked as a technician in the Red Army on Russian airplanes. He bought us all an icecream cone.
During dinner we met two American girls teaching in Hongkong: Liz Hynd and Shari Krugler; Lee and I invited them to the coffee terrace on the roof.
Later that night we experienced a violent thunderstorm.