Suzhou is not only known as a garden city but also as a watertown. The old city centre, built along canals, drowns in endless shades of green, yet once you get to the new area, overlooking Jinji lake east of the centre, greyish blue becomes the predominant colour. The peaceful water surface, a number of glass-covered high rise buildings and the vast sky all add to the calming aura of the place.
The day spent by the lake was a strikingly hot and sunny one. Yet there were comparably few people who sought refuge near its cooling waters and in the shade of the trees lining the shore. For me, however, the time spent strolling along and around the lake was precious and incredibly relaxing – such a welcome break from the grey and dusty working days of the Shanghai city life!
Below, I compiled a small gallery of the Suzhou “blues”.