It is the economical, trading and logistics center of Jiangsu, and the second largest city in the province after its capital Nanjing. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai and belongs to the Yangtze River Delta region. Administratively, Suzhou is a prefecture-level city with an urban population of over 5.4 million in its core districts. Suzhou is the ninth most populous city in mainland China, and the total population exceeded 10 million in its administrative area in 2010. It is considered one of the richest major cities in China.
I have skimmed some of the hundred of photographs taken during my visits and present a random sample of 30 to represent the character of the city:
The old and the new – mopeds and the trishaw
The large dog is waiting in its small cage for a buyer. The street is lined with businesses selling [pets and offering pet grooming services
Is the monk talking with family or giving advice to a young couple or are they just friends having lunch?
Two men offer burning incense in a prayerful offering outside a temple
Small boats patrol the canals, collecting any floating rubbish
An older boy confronts two younger children eating ice-blocks
Houses crowd the calm of a Suzhou canal
Pedestrians pour through the arches of a gate in the City wall
A barber operates in a small city park
Relaxing in the shade of a cool garden
Why the moon bridge is called so becomes evident in its reflection
“Watcha haerd” sing the boat lady as she sculls under a low canal bridge.
A cheerful moped rider
A red and muted sun sinks in the west.
Construction cranes frame the pagoda tower of the southern temple
The commercial heart of the city lies behind the urban sprawl of houses
These moon bridges are common in a city criss-crossed by canals
Garbed against irritating dust and fumes, a commuter weaves through traffic
The electric moped navigates the old narrow lanes of old Suzhou easily
Bright green leafy trees screen the ancient guard house of a City gate.
Three men play cards outside a market shoe stall while a fourth man watches for customers.
A smile for the camera from his sisters back
Big Nosed foreigners are a curiosity for these two children, proudly displayed by their mother.
Facing the camera a grocer proudly displays his greens at a Suzhou market
A temple priest dozes during the hot afternoon
a motorbike is serviced where perhaps the light is bright and natural, on the footpath.
A young father proudly shows his hairless young son to the camera