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Travel in Chinese Lesson 81 Suzhou

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Colleague1: Oh, Suzhou. When I come here, I feel like writing poetry.

Colleague2: Don't be so sentimental. Give Xuemei an introduction. It's her first time here.

Xuemei:That's right. I've always wanted to come, but never found the time.

Colleague2: Well, now we're here for the conference. You can spend a few more days.

Colleague1:OK. Xuemei, what would you like to see in Suzhou?

Xuemei:I've heard that Suzhou gardens are famous, so I want to see the gardens and buildings in Suzhou.

Colleague1: Suzhou gardens are very famous. They attract many tourists throughout the year.

Colleague2: The Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Master-of-nets Garden and the Lion Forest Garden are the four renowned gardens of Suzhou.

Xuemei:I'd like to visit all four gardens. I also think the local residences in Suzhou are quite special.

Colleague1: You can't mention Suzhou's local residences without mentioning water.

Colleague2: Of course, Suzhou is called the 'Venice of the East'!

Xuemei:Look. Those houses there are typical of water towns. How about taking a look?

Colleague1: OK, from there we can go on to the Humble Administrator's Garden. How's that?

Xuemei:Sure. That's great.

Colleague2: The houses here are built by water. It's very interesting.

Colleague1: That's why the ancient poem says Suzhou is wher 'families make the river their pillows'.

Xuemei:Does it mean people here really use the river as pillows?

Colleague1: Yes. That's what it means. The houses are built on the water, as if sleeping on the river.

Xuemei:What a quaint poem.

Colleague2: Suzhou is typical of the water towns south of the Yangtze River. Even the colours in Suzhou are different from the northern cities.

Colleague1: That's right. The buildings in the water towns south of the Yangtze River mainly have white walls and grey tiles. The colours aren't as strong as in northern cities.

Colleague2: Yes. And Suzhou's gardens are the same. In general, their colours are more muted and they are quite petite.

Xuemei: Yes. I think so.

Colleague1: Sure. Suzhou Gardens are nothing compared to Beijing's Royal gardens in terms of size.

Colleague2: But they're not the same thing.

Xuemei:Yeah, that's like comparing Buckingham Palace in Great Britain with Bill Gates' house.

Colleague1: Hmm, you're right. There's no comparison.


1、相当 fairly, quite


The roast duck from Quan Ju De is quite famous.


At dusk the scenery there is quite beautiful.

2、具有 possess


She bought many articles of clothing that show special characteristics of minority peoples.


For him travelling here has a special significance.

Sign Posts


In the lower reaches of the Yangtze and on the shores of Lake Tai lies the 2500-year-old city of Suzhou. Talking about Suzhou, people often mention the old saying:上有天堂下有苏杭 'In Heaven there is paradise, below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.' Visiting Suzhou, I'm sure you will find more than a grain of truth in this saying.

With the building of the Grand Canal that linked this area with Beijing in the north, Suzhou was strategically located on a major trading route. The city's fortunes and size grew rapidly. By the 12th century, Suzhou had attained its present dimensions. Marco Polo visited here in 1276 and called the city "great" and "noble".

By the 14th century, Suzhou had established itself as the leading silk-producing city in China. Many aristocrats, scholars and cultural figures were attracted to the city and constructed villas and garden retreats for themselves.

At its height, there were over 100 gardens, large and small, in Suzhou. These gardens are looked upon as works of art, a fusion of nature, architecture, poetry and painting designed to ease, move or assist the mind.

A series of canals and waterways flow through the city, leading to Suzhou's nickname as "Venice of the East".

Substitution and Extension

1、借.....的机会 take advantage of ... opportunity


He plans to take advantages of the opportunity of staying in Beijng for some meetings to meet some old friends.




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