MBLers in Suzhou

MBLers in Suzhou



Suzhou, a city in South China famous for its beautiful classic gardens and handicrafts.


Two of our MBL volunteers have just started their one-year adventure in Suzhou, and they are recording their exciting life on a blog.

Italian natives, London adoptees, travel lovers currently based in Suzhou, China. Sharing our experiences over a year living,loving and working in Suzhou ! Welcome to our blog!

Here are some of their posts, for the latest update, visit their blog Home in Suzhou.

From their blog sharing, MBL would love to introduce some traditional Chinese elements to you. Please see original text below:

10 Sep


Shooting a documentary at the Master of Nets Garden/网师园

Last week we assisted for the first time at the shooting of a documentary at the Master of Nets Garden 网师园 made by our company, Suzhou Media Culture Communication or 梅地亚. We were there by the very early morning and the absence of tourists and the quite of the place helped to create a magic atmosphere. The site is unbelievably scenic as you can see from the pictures below.


MBL Academy: Suzhou is China’s well-known “city of gardens”, which tops all others in both the number (nearly 200) and the artistry of gardens. Gardening is one of the important types of architectural art, and the art of gardening has undergone a history of 1,500 years. These gardens have their own characteristics in layout, structure and style. The essence of garden is to construct beautiful surroundings by designing all the elements -mountain, water, path, indoor decoration, in a harmonious and organic way. 



(indoor decoration)


9 Sep

Asking information in Suzhou: a must do



One of the things people don’t tell you about Suzhou is how ridiculously funny can get asking information in the street. …
Here is as it goes (in Suzhou): you walk on the street and get lost -it happens all the time because most of the street don’t have names or they only have Chinese characters, which you might try to deal with but will find yourself giving up very easily- and decide to approach someone showing them the address which you trying to find. So let the show begin: you choose someone- usually young because, naively, you assume they might speak a little English- and start walking towards that person who will immediately understand you’re trying to engage in a sort of communication.  Their faces start to become worried because they know that you won’t give up that easily, which you don’t. So, after having finally stopped that misfortunate person, you try for at least 5 minutes to pronounce in a decent way those two words that you can remember….
So, if you’re thinking of asking people any sort of information be prepared because it might take a while but it will also be fun!
MBL Academy: In China, the popularisation of English is still limited, especially in some small cities, which they have their deep-rooted culture and local dialect. You will find it is difficult to find English show in Street names or menu. Normally, international travellers cannot pronounce the Chinese street names correctly even they “knew”. Thus, the moment when international tourists are asking local people direction is always funny and time consuming, sometimes finally, you even cannot get a right direction by misunderstanding in communication.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2014 / 中秋节


Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Chinese Moon Festival, takes place on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest version. This is one of the two most important occasions in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year) and it is an official holiday. This year we celebrated on September 8 and China public holidays lasted for three days. This is the time of the year for families to be together. The traditional food for mid-autumn festival is the moon cake which is round and symbolises reunion.

9 mooncake
Celebration of Mid-autumn festival has a long history since when the emperors had the tradition of worshiping the Sun in spring, and the Moon in autumn.
MBL Academy: Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼traditional Chinese月餅pinyinyuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节,Zhōng qiū jié). The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E (嫦娥,cháng é), the mythical Moon Goddess of ImmortalityTypical mooncakes are round pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 3–4 cm thick. 
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