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Beauty of Water Region

With the Yangtze on its northern fringe, Lake Taihu in the west ,Lake Yangcheng and Lake Cheng in the east ,the region of Suzhou is studded with numerous lakes, while the city proper is crisscrossed by three horizontal and three vertical waterways which run along streets and alleys, forming a double-line chess board. Suzhou is indeed a city on water.

Just as the water is an indispensable factor in the development of human history,the city of Suzhou first took shape along with the construction of canals,land and water gates under the command of Wu Zixu, who made the design after surveying the water and soil conditions. The scene of water network within the city has existed ever since the founding of the city. It is the water that has fostered the whole region and become the keynote of the Wu Culture.

The waves of green waters are seen in the expansive Lake Taihu, the Grand Canal, the downtown waterways,and the ponds of classical gardens. The folks live by the water,and their customs are branded with the influence of the water. Their houses are facing the waterways across the alleys,or leaning on the edge of the water, or hanging above the water. The attractive scenes of waters,when matched with the mist or drizzle under the grey sky,bring out a beauty that is found in traditional ink paintings: a simple tone of colour,remote, hazy,but intoxicating.

Evening glow over water country
Evening glow over
water country
Moonlight over the Taihu lake
over the Taihu lake
Water township - Zhouzhuang
Water township
- Zhouzhuang

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