Hangzhou and Suzhou, China

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Hangzhou, Wuxi, Tongli, and Suzhou, China.
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This old bridge is beside the shore of Lake Taihu in the Turtle Head Garden at Wuxi, China.

This old bridge is beside the shore of Lake Taihu in the Turtle Head Garden at Wuxi, China.

These Chinese girls aboard an excursion boat on West Lake at Hangzhou, China, are intent on taking a selfie.

These Chinese girls aboard an excursion boat on West Lake at Hangzhou, China, are intent on taking a selfie.

Long barges ply the Grand Canal just south of Suzhou, China. Begun in 486 BC, the canal is still used to move industrial and agricultural products north-south.

Long barges ply the Grand Canal just south of Suzhou, China. Begun in 486 BC, the canal is still used to move industrial and agricultural products north-south.

The 1,790-kilometer Grand Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou passes just south of Suzhou, China.

The 1,790-kilometer Grand Canal from Beijing to Hangzhou passes just south of Suzhou, China.

The three-story Hall of Attractive Scenery in the Panmen Scenic Area at Suzhou, China, offers views across a small lake.

The three-story Hall of Attractive Scenery in the Panmen Scenic Area at Suzhou, China, offers views across a small lake.

The Pavilion for Watching the Moon is a feature of the 12th century Garden of the Master of the Nets at Suzhou, China.

The Pavilion for Watching the Moon is a feature of the 12th century Garden of the Master of the Nets at Suzhou, China.

The 12th century Garden of the Master of the Nets is among the most famous sights of Suzhou, China. Winter is an ideal time to visit as the crowds are smaller.

The 12th century Garden of the Master of the Nets is among the most famous sights of Suzhou, China. Winter is an ideal time to visit as the crowds are smaller.

The old town of Tongli, southeast of Suzhou, China, has been preserved as it was centuries ago.

The old town of Tongli, southeast of Suzhou, China, has been preserved as it was centuries ago.

A worker stretches traditional candy in the old town of Tongli, China.

A worker stretches traditional candy in the old town of Tongli, China.

Tuisi Yuan, the "retreat and reflection garden" in the old town of Tongli, China, dates from the late Qing period.

Tuisi Yuan, the "retreat and reflection garden" in the old town of Tongli, China, dates from the late Qing period.

A canalside back street in the old town of Tongli, China.

A canalside back street in the old town of Tongli, China.

Domesticated osprey are used as tourist props in the old town of Tongli, China.

Domesticated osprey are used as tourist props in the old town of Tongli, China.

Jili Bridge is one of many in the scenic old town of Tongli, China, with a history of 600 years.

Jili Bridge is one of many in the scenic old town of Tongli, China, with a history of 600 years.

Wooden boats are used to navigate the canals of the old town of Tongli, 24 kilometers southeast of Suzhou, China.

Wooden boats are used to navigate the canals of the old town of Tongli, 24 kilometers southeast of Suzhou, China.

The best view of Lake Taihu is from this lighthouse on a peninsula in the Turtle Head Garden at Wuxi, China.

The best view of Lake Taihu is from this lighthouse on a peninsula in the Turtle Head Garden at Wuxi, China.

The Dragon Well Tea Plantation at Hangzhou produces some of the finest green tea in China.

The Dragon Well Tea Plantation at Hangzhou produces some of the finest green tea in China.

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