The luscious gardens in Suzhou help keep the freshness in the air, unlike toxic conditions in nearby cities.
I caught a fever a few weeks after arriving in China. It left me with a smoker’s cough, which remained a permanent side affect until I left the country. Fifteen minutes away by bullet train was Suzhou. There I was finally able to breath in some crisp, fresh air and exhale some of Shanghai’s industrial pollution.
Suzhou’s beauty lies in its lush imperial gardens and beautiful stone bridges. It would have been paradise had it not been for the hordes of tourists. But who am I kidding? This is China. There are hordes of people everywhere.