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Train Journey From Shanghai In Things Remembered On Suzhou Travel Website.
We left Shanghai by train in a coach well served by the attendant, who regularly checked that all was well with 'her' passengers. Our first journey on a China train starts the Suzhou travel website page because on the train you could buy articles of silk embroidery, for which Suzhou is famous. It was the main purpose of our visit, spending part of the time in the embroidery workshops.
The streets of Suzhou, in 1987, were used mostly by cyclists, cycle-rickshaws, and cycle-carts. Some of the cycle-carts were heavily loaded with large wooden planks, or with building bricks, and how the driver was able to steer, or even start moving the cycle-cart, is quiet a wonder. Suzhou travel for people or goods, generally, was not by bus or lorry, so there was a freshness in the air, not polluted with the fumes from diesel and petrol engines. Most of the narrower streets were tree lined, with their overhanging branches providing shade for all the people under them, as can be seen from the photo on this travel website page.
Travel Website Page Includes Visit To Silk Embroidery Workshop In Suzhou.
Before we got to the silk embroidery workshop, the main reason for this travel website page, we had the chance of viewing other activities on the sides of the treelined street, leading to the workshop. Street stalls selling grapes and other fruit and vegetables; scenes from the inside of houses viewed through the open street doors; also bricklayers and carpenters working on houses. We in turn were being 'observed' by children near the house doors, some just standing, others seated on bamboo chairs. Foreign tourists were not so plentiful at the time so attracted more attention.
The activities in the Suzhou workshop soon proved to be well worth the visit, as the colored, fine silk thread, was turned into realistic images on silk screens by the nimble hands of the workers. Can any travel website really do justice to the fine examples of Suzhou silk embroidery produced by the workers? The women were involved in very close work with fine materials, so worked for very short periods only, and performed eye exercises inbetween. There were many examples of their work on display in the showroom, some of the work being unframed so could be bought and packed in luggage without any difficulty. Other examples were on silk screens and mounted on frames that could be turned to show that the image was virtually identical on either side. To the 'non-expert' it is difficult to comprehend how this is made possible, and shows how highly skilled the embroiderers have become.