The Chinese Zigzag Bridge

The zigzag bridge is a common feature in classical Chinese gardens. According to local lore (and tourist guides!) zigzag bridges and paths are said to confound evil spirits that can only walk straight lines for whatever reason! But in actual fact, these bridges are mainly decorative features based on the the Zen principle of mindfulness. Their non linear construction forcing one’s attention…

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The Genius Of I.M.Pei!

Designing a modern structure that celebrates traditional local architecture without compromising form and functionality is not an easy task. When I.M.Pei was approached by the mayor of Suzhou to design a museum in 2001, his brief was just that. The fact that the earmarked site was in the heritage area of Suzhou, and backed against “The…

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“The City Of The Earth”

At first glance Suzhou seems soulless. With its smoke belching chimneys and traffic choked streets, it is one of the largest manufacturing hubs in China. Its GDP growth is second only to Shanghai – under a 50 min. journey by train – and it is apparently the single largest manufacturing center for laptops in the world! Suzhou is…

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The Bridges Of Tongli

To any one wondering why I have been switching countries: My posts are chronicles of my past journeys and I took a conscious decision to not stick to any particular order, to make for some variety. Posts (when I have written enough to overflow my front page :-)) can be viewed by destination from the drop down “Destinations”…

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