After a late night arrival in Shanghai we had a relaxing drive to Suzhu. Our first stop was a short ride down the Grand Canal. Building of this canal between Beijing and Shanghai started in 486 BC and was completed in the 13th century. It is 1900 km long and brought prosperity to Suzhou as silk could be exported to the north and eventually to Europe along the Silk Road.
Our next stop is the Master Of The Nets Garden, built in 1140, and renovated in 1770. One of the owners wanted to become a fisherman, hence the name. We were surprised to find this peaceful oasis hidden away in the midst of this busy city. The garden has all the elements of a traditional Chinese garden; rocks, water, paths and bridges, pavillions, plants, and patterned screens.
As a contrast we ended our day gathering with everyone, watching the sunset on the shores of Golden Cock Lake scenic area.