For our last few days in China, we traveled to two of China's most beautiful coastal cities: Hangzhou and Suzhou. As a common expression goes: "In heaven, there is paradise; on Earth, there are Hangzhou and Suzhou." Both cities are famed for their immense beauty, but also for a number of large industries dating back hundreds or even thousands of years.
Our last stop on this whirlwind tour in China was Suzhou, the city of gardens. Famed for its beautiful garden views, for our last stops, we went to tour one of the city's most famous gardens, the Lingering Garden, as well as a tour of the famous Grand Canal. In both cases, this was much more relaxing than our fast-paced trip has been recently. However, we also saw more of the massive industry that has been present in this era throughout Chinese history. In this case, a tour of a Silk factory. This trade has a history thousands of years old in Suzhou, and Suzhou is still the primary producer of silk in the world today. It was an interesting juxtaposition to experience in these two cities; two places so relaxing, laid back and slow, and yet filled with business and industry, not only today, but throughout the history of these huge cities.