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Why do people go to Suzhou?
Rowing boat on Pingjiang Lu canal, Suzhou, China

Suzhou bills itself as the “Venice of the East,” a moniker my guidebook had referred to as a “hackneyed … chat-up line” that I was unlikely to fall for. It is a town, it continues, that has “had to contend with destruction of its heritage and its replacement with largely arbitrary chunks of ...

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Hefang Street, Hangzhou

Back during the Southern Song Dynasty when Hangzhou was China's capital, the city was perhaps the biggest and richest in the world. The 14th century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta called it "the biggest city I have ever seen on the face of the earth." While Marco Polo, whether he ever actually visited China or not ...

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Shenzhen to Shanghai by bus

I’ve said it before, and if this were the search for the Higgs Boson we were talking about, we’d almost be at our five-sigma point by now, such is the level of inevitability. Because seemingly without fail, whenever I travel in China, the adventure begins pretty much as soon as ...

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