Category Archive: Suzhou

Sunday in the sun

A couple of weeks ago we had unseasonably warm weather and we took the chance to visit a village in the outskirts of Suzhou. I had heard about it but I’d never been… Continue reading

The Suzhou Zoo

Last Sunday we went to the Suzhou Zoo. Up until a few years ago, it was located inside a park in the old town and it was very small, based on what I’ve… Continue reading

A stroll around Soochow University

Soochow University is one of the oldest universities in China and it’s located in the heart of Suzhou, within walking distance of Pingjiang old street (Soochow is the old romanization of the name… Continue reading

Why I want my son to learn Suzhou dialect

Did you know that there are many different languages in China? Many people are only familiar with two: Mandarin, or what is known simply as “Chinese” and is the country’s official language, and… Continue reading

The clothes swapping event

Do you remember the post I wrote last month about how I hadn’t bought any clothes in a year? I’m still keeping at it and I haven’t bought anything, except for underwear which… Continue reading

The economic impact of COVID-19

The post title might be misleading! I’m not going to analyse the current state of the global economy here, but merely wanted to note a few changes I’ve been seeing in Suzhou these… Continue reading

Confined at home: A coronavirus update

It’s day 13 of our home confinement and a week since I published my previous post. Not much has changed. The virus is still raging, Wuhan and other cities are still in lockdown,… Continue reading

Coronavirus situation in Suzhou

Happy Chinese New Year! Well, not so happy in China. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, China is facing a new virus that originated in the city of Wuhan and has… Continue reading

The Laba Festival

Happy new year and happy Laba festival! Yes, today January 2nd it’s a traditional Chinese festivity called Laba (腊八节). Laba means the 8th (ba) day of the 12th month (which in the Chinese… Continue reading

The family restaurant

Last weekend I had dinner with a few Spanish women that I know from a WeChat group. As we would be bringing our families and we all have young children, the organizer chose… Continue reading