“Suzhou,” our tour guide Sam informed us, “is where the most beautiful women in China live. That is where men in Shanghai go to find a wife.”
Add that to the list of things to look forward to seeing, then. In addition to observing the local populace we also went to a silk factory that Bill Clinton had visited and walked around some gardens.
At the silk factory, I even purchased something… a silk comforter. As usual, we had lots of great Chinese food, and did a little canal tour. On the boat I also purchased a pack of playing cards with photos of Suzhou on each one of them. The photos are great, though of course not quite as good as being there in person.