Our one-day trip to Suzhou was more relaxing and casual. We first arrived at a local temple where people came to pay their respects. It also seemed to be a combination of a temple and garden. There were multiple pagodas, lakes, gardens, and rooms full of Buddha figures.
Afterwards, we were dropped off for a boat cruise along a local river. Among the multiple boat cruises we had, this was probably my favorite. The scenery was so serene and tranquil, with traditional-styled houses positioned along the river. Our tour guide described this cruise route as the “Oriental Venice.” While it didn’t really resemble Venice in terms of beauty, it produced similar vibes with its narrow passageways.
Our last destination was a famous silk factory. We got to see the step-by-step process of producing silk, starting from acquiring silkworms and their transformation into cocoons, to machines weaving the silk into its final form.