Thank god for heaters in winter, if not we’ll all wake up frozen! :X After our silk shopping trip (Ant and I bought pillows anyways), we proceeded for lunch. On day 2, our tour guide was telling us about 大闸蟹 (Chinese mitten crab) and he kindly agreed to arrange for us to order it so that we could savor some. The awesome part is that Suzhou has a lake called Yangchen lake 阳澄湖 and the crabs from this lake is considered the best of the best. The crabs are in fact individually tagged to prove that they were caught from the lake itself. This is because, there are some people who just get the crabs from somewhere else and throw it into the lake claiming that they are “Yangchen Lake crabs”.
The crabs taste super rich. I would compare it to having rich chocolate. The scent of it fills up your entire mouth and lingers long after that. We were advised to have the crabs after our meal because the taste of it would make the rest of the food seems bland. We did have it at the end of our lunch, and do not judge a crab by its size because Ant and I ordered a pair each and we couldn’t finish it at all even though it was relatively small.
After our Suzhou local guide bid us farewell, we headed off to Wuxi 无锡. The 1st attraction we visited in Wuxi 无锡 was Three Kingdoms City 无锡三国城(CCTV Wuxi Movie/TV Base). The place is huge and out of all the areas we only manage to visit the Three Kingdoms Town 三国城景区. Besides being a tourist attraction, this place is also used for filming purposes.
Everything was very nice and grand but it’s all props. I think it’s very good though, that they have designated this to be opened to public as well. The surrounding Lake Taihu brings serenity and makes the entire experience very enjoyable.
We also took a ship and cruised along Lake Taihu 太湖. Everything was so misty we couldn’t really see any sights, but riding on the waters is always enjoyable.
Our visit ended with a horse performance - Three Heroes Fighting Lv Bo. 三英战吕布表演场. The actors are those who took part in the shooting of “Stories of Three Kingdoms” and while watching, it was intense and nerve-wrecking. The stunts they did on the horses were worth applauding.
We stepped out from Purple Sand Teapot Museum 紫砂壶博物馆 (Ant and I bought a teapot each wtf) and the entire sky was pitch black and we were freezing! But in the small alley at the museum exit, we found joy in shopping! ;P
This dragon thingy taste great! It’s basically mash potato with mayonnaise, but the mayo was sweet and unique.
My poor boy had a fish bone stuck in his mouth and he was trying hard to get it out. Everyone was giving him suggestions on how to get it out. 1 said to gulp down rice, 1 said to drink vinegar and 1 said to write the word 马 (horse). Ant tried all methods! And the bone was gone!!!!
The below store is Walmart (at least that’s what the signboard stated lol)! I’m amused that their rice is displayed all out for people to purchase.
See the signage above? CCB sell dog meat!
And they went for bbq skewers AGAIN!
This convenience stall auntie so funny..she exchanged some RMB to SGD with us because she was curious about SGD.
We ventured around the streets of Wuxi 无锡, and bought the nicest egg tarts! The boss is so nice and humble, I wish for his business to prosper!!!
And that marks the end of our Day 3!!!
On Day 4, we went to Nanjing 南京 and visited the Ming Tomb Museum 明孝陵博物馆 . Before that, we went to Lihu park 蠡湖公园 which was the last destination of Wuxi 无锡.