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Heaven on Earth?

Suzhou pagoda

There is a Chinese saying ‘Above is heaven, below is Suzhou and Hangzhou’ (Shàngmiàn shì tiāntáng, xiàmiàn shì sū háng 上面是天堂,下面是苏杭). I like Suzhou, but I am not sure it is heavenly. Anyway, we are off to Hangzhou on Thursday, so perhaps we will be able to see whether there is any truth in saying at all.

The photo is of the pagoda in the Pan Men Garden in Suzhou. If you look very closely, you will see it has been overrun by Kennedies.