CHINA: Tiger Hill, Suzhou

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.

IMG_3332
At the entrance: the pagoda looked very far away, and it was good hike to get up to the top. There were many interesting pathways and things to see along the way though!
IMG_3351
Now you can tell it’s leaning, right?
IMG_3334
One of the many buildings and sets of stairs to climb here. We opted for the “self tour” option in which we learned almost nothing historically, but were able to just take in all the sites on our way up the hill.
IMG_3337
More traditional Chinese architecture.
IMG_3344
Bridge over what we believe was the “sword pool.” According to our driver legend says that the tomb of ruler Wu Wang is below the pool.

IMG_3341

IMG_3342
I just love all the circular doorways all over the place.
IMG_3352
A very ornate little temple among the buildings upon the hill.
IMG_3347
A close-up.

IMG_1026IMG_2257

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. –>

IMG_3356

IMG_1028
I really like these circular “archways” if you missed that earlier…

 

IMG_1027
Because it seemed right to stop and write a postcard to Larry at the touristy post office hidden upon the hill. Note, Chinese tourists were joining in too!
IMG_3350
What I will call the back side of the hill, because most people seemed to be coming up the same side we were.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s