Tiger Hill Suzhou China
Suzhou is one of the tourist hot spots in all of China and one of my favorite cities to walk around in and have some fun. Today I went to visit, Tiger Hill with its extremely old leaning pogoda, AKA the Chinese Leaning Tower of Pisa. Like all the parks in Suzhou, this park is a 10 minute taxi ride from the train station, and is hugely popular with tourists, so if you want to walk around with out hundreds of people being there, you got to get there early.
Most parks in Suzhou are really small, but this park is huge. I spent a few hours walking around here, just enjoying the fresh air. There is a lot to see in this park, many ancient buildings, pagodas and even some live performers. I really did enjoy the time that I got to walk around here.
This is the first park that I have seen traditional music played live, but I will guess they will only do this on the weekend. There were fresh flowers every where, which I guess takes a lot of effort for the park workers to setup each morning.
I wish the weather was better while I was in the park but the Chinese grey smog was covering the sky all day. Shooting in weather like this never great for good photos but you cannot control the weather.
I have been in China for nearly 10 years now, but I still love ancient Chinese architecture.
Leading though this door way is the main pagoda that is the key attraction to this park. I had heard that the pogada was ancient but I honestly though it was going to be another rebuilt to look ancient pagoda, but I was so wrong.
The pagoda is hugely popular with people all around it. To get a good clean shot of the pagoda means being very patient and waiting for the tour groups to leave. I love the look of the pagoda. It looks old, feels old and smells old. Hard to describe what old smells like, but it has that smell. Unfortunately, no one can go up the pagoda anymore. The pagoda has started to learn a little too much and it is no longer safe for people to go up.
Behind the pagoda is a small little tea farm surrounded but some small pavilions and gardens. This part of the park was much quieter as most people come to see the pagoda and then they leave and rush off to the next park. Trying to see everything in Suzhou in one day is crazy. You really should take your time and enjoy the sites.
After resting for a while at the back of the park, I decided it was time to go home, on my way out, I found a small museum and a little bonsai garden. I am not sure what is the Chinese name for a bonsai garden but I am sure my Chinese friends will not like the fact that I am using the Japanese name for it.
The museum was small but had some interesting artifacts to see. But the lighting was terrible inside. I had no flash with me so I did not even shoot any shots.
I really enjoyed this park. It is very big, has so much to see and once you get passed the pagoda, it is very peaceful. If you come to Suzhou one day, this is one park that you cannot skip.