After only a day in Suzhou we departed for Hangzhou, which was our third city in as many days. Hangzhou was just about as beautiful as Suzhou. It was full of character and life, and was probably the cleanest city we have been to on the trip. According to our guide and professor, Hangzhou is regarded as the best city to live in, in China. It could linked to it's cleanliness and it's big city mentality but with livability of a smaller city. One the great features of this city was it's patches of nature located in the city.
Joe, our tour guide for the last leg of the trip, brought us to a "Bamboo Forest." Before the trip, I had no idea such a forest existed or was even possible to exist. The air was fresh, the scenery was breathtaking, and it made for a great walk. The bamboo trees towered above us for the entire walk, and we walked upon a pond that had the cleanest water we've seen in China. I think a lot of us missed the nature and parks you can find in Minnesota, so this was a really refreshing visit and sort of cleansed us for the rest of the trip.