a transplanted life in China 


木渎镇 Mudu ancient town, Suzhou

Mudu 8

canal view


Mudu is an ancient water town on the outskirts of Suzhou, accessible at the very western end of the Metro line. It’s a nice afternoon’s outing, but can’t really compete with the other water towns in the area as a tourist destination. It does, however, have a suberb little museum with metalwork, ceramics, porcelain, and everyday items dating as far back as the Han Dynasty. A very enthusiastic museum guide showed me the entire collection, even though I only understood about 10% of what he said in Chinese.


Mudu house

old house entrance



Mudu old door

old door with cactus growing above



looking up

Published on April 30, 2015, by in Architecture, Shanghai.

Shanghai skyscraper

a view up into the dizzying heights of a Shanghai skyscraper


flowering trees

Published on April 27, 2015, by in Suzhou.

flowering trees


The weather finally started getting permanently warmer, and soon the humid days of summer will be here. In the meantime, I enjoy walking to school each morning, and enjoying the beautiful landscaping and flowering trees along the way.


Shanghai, Suzhou Creek, cloudy day

Published on April 15, 2015, by in Shanghai.

suzhou creek 1


view from the bridge, after a long Shanghai walk


Shanghai, old post office building

Published on April 3, 2015, by in Photography, Shanghai, Travel.

Shanghai old post office