This week I’m featuring a beautiful shot of Chinese Gondoliera taken in Suzhou by Maria Haase from Maria Abroad Blog.
Living abroad and travelling has been part of my Maria’s life since she was little.
In the past 10 years, she has lived in Germany, China, and the US, and has travelled as much as she can, as often as she can.
She loves to share her adventures to encourage others to explore this beautiful world, meet amazing people and live the best life they possibly can.
I chose this image because I love portraits, you all know that by now.
Photo Story: Chinese Gondoliera
China. Not many countries are so fundamentally different from Germany than China. The culture, the food, the language.
Everything looks, tastes, and even smells different.
But then there are the similarities. For example, did you know that Mandarin Chinese creates words in a similar fashion as German does?
In both languages, you just stick a bunch of words together to create a new word, e.g. AirPlanePlace aka Airport. I wonder who learned this ingenious word building method from whom?
Or take this beautiful Chinese Gondoliera in the photo. No, this isn’t some Chinese Disneyland version of Venice, Italy.
This is Suzhou, a water village near Shanghai. Funny enough, these two cities are sister cities and I have to say, never before has this title been so fitting.
Even in a place like China, that is so foreign and strange, you can find similarities.
No matter how different you think you are from the people you meet from other parts of the world, you will also find similarities and a connection that brings you to a common ground.
So focus on what brings you together, not what separates you! Be respectful. Be kind. Be adventurous.
Suzhou, formerly romanized as Soochow, is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 100 km northwest of Shanghai.
The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and the shores of Lake Tai and belongs to the Yangtze River Delta region.
The city’s canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China.
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000.
Suzhou is often dubbed the “Venice of the East” or “Venice of China”.
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