Saturday January 17, 2015

A Contrast Between Old and New: Suzhou & Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Suzhou Industrial Park and Suzhou tour consisted of three stops. We began at Li Gong Di, a shopping plaza ornate with intricate waterways and elaborate establishments fitted with grand balconies, porches, and gazebos. From Li Gong Di we traveled to the SIP Exhibition Hall (a museum) which informed us of all the progress up to this date, as well as future plans and expectations, for SIP as a whole. The museum was full of pictures, diagrams, and displays which included a room designated to a fully lit, greatly detailed, birds-eye, full scale model of SIP. From the museum we traveled to our final stop, Pingjiang Road. This road is known for being a great place to go to shop. If one were to picture a Chinese market version of an American strip mall they wouldn't be too far off from Pingjiang Road. These three stops showed only a very small example of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that China has to offer. 

- Daniel Sheldon, Freshman, Biology 

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