Saturday, September 11, 2010

The ancient ShanTang Street

We were told by one of our roommate at Shanghai that if we are at SuZhou, we must go to this place call 'Shan Tang Jie' which is a old place in SuZhou. Hence, after our visit at the garden, we went to this place call Shan Tang Jie. We didn't ask the girl about the chinese writing earlier. Hence, when we got to the bus stop, we saw the bus to '上塘街'. We were so happy and felt smart for a second as we found the bus to the place easily. Well, China bus has the special announcer where they will announce the stop name before we reach the place. We were so excited about this'上塘街', we were shocked. Imagine seeing a industrial area right in front of you. There's no ancient China kind of building, nothing, just industrial area and a lot of flats. FOL We asked the guy at the bus stop about the ancient '上塘街' and he told us that the one we meant wasn't there. We had to take another bus to another place and then change bus. It was suppose to be '山塘街' We laughed at our stupid mistake. It was so malufying.

After a short detour, here we are !'山塘街' There's a few shopping mall around the area. More like a Bukit Bintang at SuZhou to me. Yeah..they even have china style Petaling Street there with a lot of street food and cheap stuff to bargain at. But, things weren't that nice there especially the clothes.
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To be frank, I felt like we were going back to the traditional era when we were at '山塘街'. Everything was so old there. The buildings and etc. So unlike the one at HangZhou 步行街where they built the new building to look like the one they built hundred years ago. gahhh..
I'm going to show you things that we saw before going into '山塘街'. We did everything slow and easy at Suzhou compared to Shanghai and HangZhou. We love the slow pace in Suzhou and it was really relaxing.
We saw this somewhere near '山塘街'. It reads 'Wu jia si ta chai zi'.
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And obviously they were ignored by the people at SZ. Look at the grass.
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@ the fountain nearby.
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Back to '山塘街', it was a place built on water or what they called 'water village' in China. We didn't get to XiTang earlier and this was compensation I guess.
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Look at this place. I love it so much! hahaa..The best thing is they have photo studio there where you can let the professional take amazing pictures of you at the place. Not forget to mention that it is so so so cheap. Sherrie and I were saying that Malaysians should fly over to China to get their wedding photo instead of paying few thousand for lame studio pictures. The one in China only cost a few hundreds. See the difference?
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We believe that this is one of the SZ local delicate as we can only see this in SZ. They sold it at 4 Yuan for one if I'm not mistaken.
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This is how it look like. Not to say something very delicious. I think "normal and no harm trying" will be more appropriate for this cake.
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Another temple-like-building.
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The uncle with two dogs. The uncle was funny. The small dog was extremely naughty compared to the black one. We just sat there for quite long trying to clean our foot before the sun goes down. Do you know that China is extremely polluted that if you wear slippers out, your foot will turn charcoal black. The best thing is it is never easy to clean it. You need toothbrush. Yeah..we need to scrub it with TOOTHBRUSH ! It was a nightmare. Going back with black foot every single day. Arrggghhhh
Back to the story, there was this uncle with two big bag. We were wondering what is he trying to do. He slowly took out the speaker, radios and blast the music. A few old aunty joined him and they start dancing. Seeee..it is a very spontaneous act I would say. And very common in China too. Another thing I like about them.
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My dinner. It cost around 8 Yuan ? Pretty good for a beef noodle. With lots of vegetable as well.
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The street at night.
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More night view.
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The end.
p/s: Writing about China makes me want to go back there for more. I should have bought the ticket to China earlier. Never mind,I shall wait for graduation instead.
Next will be Shanghai Expo I hope. Taaaaaaaa <3

4 comments:

of tr@vels, 3nvironment, 9hotography and bl@bl@bl@ said...

this is my kind of place! I've always love ancient china stuff!
Thanx for sharing

iuhnix said...

no worries :)

ryn said...

i like this the most!

iuhnix said...

hahaha.why ?