Posts

Tiger Hill, the Leaning Tower of China

Image
In Suzhou, around 496 B.C. a Emperor by the name He Lu, King of the Wu State was killed during the war fought against the Yue State. 

His son buried him on the hill and three days after the funeral a white tiger came and sat upon the grave as though guarding it. From that time on it has been known as Tiger Hill. 

A few hundred years later, the octagonal Pagota of Tiger hill was built, the Hu Qiu Tower. Standing at 158 feet (47m) high and 7 stories high, is completely made of stone, with a masonry structure meant to imitate wood structured pagotas of that era. Over the many, many years, it began leaning to its current state of 10 feet (2.32m) to the right, making this ancient almost 2500 year old pagoda, the Leaning Tower of China.

This one of my favorite place that I went to go visit in Suzhou. Everywhere you turned you felt at peace by the beautiful lush greenery and the soul calming architecture. 

And somewhere hidden in these mountains were a couple of gardens, a couple temples with ma…

Suzhou, a City of Canals

Image
I know it's been a while since I've last posted something of my adventures. I have been busy with work and trying to really relax after I come from work. There is always something to do!
Anyways, in the beginning of the month of May, I made another solo excursion to see the beautiful  Venice of China, Suzhou. It took me a little over three hours by a train that went nearly 300kph.
The first thing I noticed about the ENTIRE city, is the way newer architecture mimicked its traditional Chinese tiled building to look like the older, historical buildings that are in abundance in the city. Everywhere you go, you are reminded of the city's rich history and its interconnecting canals. Along the way I learned many things. For example, the canals that run like veins in the city, mostly come from the Yanze River.
It was interesting to see that I was not the only foreigner in Suzhou. Suzhou is among one of the top 10 places tourist visit when they're in China. I didn't exactly …

Goddess Mazu in Shenzhen

Image
I recently took a one day trip to visit a Shenzhen. It was the last stop on the Orange Line Two of the Shenzhen Metro station. Getting to the temple was quite the walk up and down a few hills.
I wanted to visit a temple that had been around for a long time before they remodeled it due to the severe damage it took during a typhoon in the 19th century.

This temple is a homage to the Goddess and Patroness of the Sea: Mazu (also goes by Matsu). She was said to have been born a human girl around 900AD under the name Lin Moniang (which translates to silent girl due to the fact she was born silent and remained silent until the age of 4) and had extraordinary powers of predicting the weather.
Legend has it that she mastered Cofucious at the age of 8 and Buddha sutras by age 11, and by 13 years old, she mastered Taoism. People marveled at her great swimming skills, often saving people from drowning at sea even in the worst weather conditions.
Her power manifested and she could project herself …