One of our most recent adventures brought us to lovely Tiger Hill in the old section of our city, Suzhou. We had been putting off visiting because we were told there was scaffolding all around the tower to make some repairs. You cannot tell from the first photo, but this pagoda is known as the oriental leaning tower of Pisa, hence the need for some repairs.
Inside the walls you lose the feel that you are really in a city on the rise, which in China means vertical rise and skyscrapers. It was a little hazy this day, but far off in the distance you could see the Gate to the East building near where we live fondly known to Americans as “the pants building” or to the Brits as “the trouser building.” It is estimated to be the worlds heaviest building because it has an entirely steel frame, and it has cost the developers so much to build (and repair due to unanticipated weight related issues) there has recently been speculation as to whether they will be able to complete the project. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this masterpiece, see partial view of the pants building on the right. –>
Hopefully I can write an updated post in the next year full of history and other interesting facts, but for now you will have to make do with a foreigners meanderings and frantic picture taking.