The route of the silk in the Middle Ages finished here: Suzhu is the city of the silk. You could buy all kind of beautiful cloths and things made by real silk.
Suzhu is located to the north of Shanghai: we arrived there in half an hour by car.
If you can make it, about 1 hour from Shanghai there are some gardens in a town called Souzhou (pronounced sue zoe). These gardens were build by wealthy monks that had fallen out of favor with the emporer and were sent away from Beijing to live in rural areas. These guys had so much money that they built these huge compounds and sat around writing poetry all day- what a life!
The style of the gardens are particularly interesting because they molded the structures to the natural landscape. They used rocks and trees as part of their structures because they thought it was more harmonious.
Favorite thing: This old house in the middle of Suzhu belonged to a very rich family. Today is a museum and visiting it you can imagine how rich people lived here hundreds of years ago.
Favorite thing: Shanger Restaurant. We liked it very much. It is in: Ming Qing St, TongLi Town, Wujiang, Jiangsu Province.