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Suzhou, a 2500 year old city is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta and to the west of Shanghai and has
several pseudonyms; "Capital of Silk", "Land of Abundance" and "World of Gardens". But because 42% its area is covered by water, it is often referred to as the 'Oriental Venice'.

The streets and alleys extend side by side with canals, small bridges and flowing waters and the white walls and dark gray roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance. As a poem describes, "On arriving in Suzhou you behold: Houses are all pillowed on water's edge". The gentle waters make the prominent urban scenery.

This shot was taken near the hotel where I was staying which was some distance from the main tourist area. Not particularly beautiful or touristy, but functional and very important in the daily lives of the local residents that use it every day.

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