"The gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou's gardens are the best among them."- Old Chinese saying.
About 25 minutes out of ultra modern Shanghai lies a tranquil oasis called Suzhou. A city with beautiful waterways, delicious soup dumplings and a million little cute gardens to chill out in.
Please note, the above is a popular opinion shared by all Chinese people too. Expect this city to be busy, very busy. So get to the big gardens early in the day before they are heaving with people. 📸@Charlies_wanderings
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In his arms she fell, as her hair came down, among the fields of gold.
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As the legend goes, the powerful monarch Krishnadevaraya, whose Vijayanagara empire extended over most of south India in the early 16th century, came across a stunning building while visiting Pondicherry. The structure was grand, well-lit, and had beautiful carvings. Overcome by the majesty of what he imagined to be a temple, the king fell on his knees and folded his hands in respect. Some onlookers tittered; one asked the bemused king why he was bowing down before the house of a devadasi, a temple dancer. Humiliated, the king ordered for the house to be demolished. It was then that the devadasi Aayi begged for the king’s mercy, finally offering to tear it down herself and dig a pond in its place. The king relented, and Aayi kept her word—the tank she built supplied fresh water to the townspeople.
In the mid-19th century, when French-ruled Pondicherry faced a water scarcity, the engineer Pierre-Eugène Lamairesse stumbled upon Aayi’s pond in Muthurayarpalayam (the modern municipality of Oulgaret), and dug canals to bring the potable water to the location in the French quarters where Bharathi Park now stands. When French emperor Napoleon III heard of the story, he ordered a memorial to be built to the woman whose generosity had helped settle their kingdom’s fortunes in the seaside town.
Team Lab Borderless did not disappoint. It can be hard to get tickets, and even when you have them, you still have to wait in lines (yes, that’s plural), but the magic at the end is worth it.
Pro tip: wear tennis shoes. Your feet will be dead if you don’t, and you’ll have to rent tennis shoes for some parts anyway.
And after hundreds of KMs driving our motobikes in the hottest sun, after 143 moskito bites, after so many dead end roads, after feeling so hungry, thirsty, tired and almost giving up, we found it.
We found Paradise⛰
Trang An Moutain House.
This place was our home for 2 nights, surrounded by huge moutains and with such lovely people waiting for us every time we arrive. It felt so good to wake up here, grab our backbacks and explore this amazing place by motorbike.