Expat life in China can be tough, make no mistake. Anyone who’s read my short story series Challenged in China will certainly know what I’m talking about.
One time of the year that is particularly challenging is Christmas. Usually, I just want to be home with the people who know me best. And to indulge in all those childhood treats that my vagabond lifestyle denies me.
Unfortunately, for Christmas 2018 I couldn’t get back to The UK. So I just did the best I could under the circumstances by booking a five-day trip away from Ruian, the nondescript Chinese city I lived in.
After much deliberation, I opted for a visit to the highly rated city of Suzhou. Affectionately nicknamed “the Venice of China”, this buzzing metropolis is home to a major section of the country’s Grand Canal.
Suzhou also has some of China’s best preserved gardens, traditional shopping streets and ancient stone bridges. In fact, it felt like there was a surprise around every corner as I negotiated the city. Indeed I had a blast drinking in the sights… indulging in the food… savouring my encounters with the locals.
To find out how I distracted myself from the disappointment of yet another Christmas away from home, check out my articles on:
Humble Administrator’s Garden (coming soon!)
An Alternative Christmas in Suzhou (coming soon!)