Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tale of Two Pagodas
Actually, it's the view of the same pagoda - Riguang Ta - captured at different times ala Monet's Rouen series. Having checked into the Sheraton Suzhou for a series of business meetings this week, I was fortunate to have this view from my hotel room window.
The pagoda is located in a park within the Pan Gate area of Suzhou, and dates back to the 3rd century. I really love the historic feel of this ancient town that dates back 2500 years. Suzhou has been touted through the centuries as a tiantang (paradise) and if one stays within the boundaries of the ancient wall and canals (while ignoring the tourist hoards & gargantuan industrial parks), it's easy to give in to the charm and peace that pervades this Garden City.
I look forward to exploring more of it on subsequent visits.