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Gareth Morris is a university language teacher. He is also a part-time doctoral student. Gareth first moved to China in 2005 and, after spending a couple of years back in the UK studying for his PGCE and Masters, has now returned to the city he calls home. During his time in China Gareth has travelled extensively. His travels have taken him from Beijing and Xian to Kunming and Haikou. He has also spent time in Hong Kong and Macao. In addition to this, Gareth has lived in a number of countries across Europe, North and Central America and Asia. Closer to home, Gareth has enjoyed visiting numerous localities within Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui. His Livingsu column will explore local places of interest found within walking distance of Metro line 1.


Off The Tracks 1: Du Shu Hu

Jul 23, 2013

Located in the south east of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), and due south of Jin Ji Hu, Du Shu Hu is one of several lakes which supply some of the charm to the city of ...


Stop 13: Central Park

Jun 27, 2013

The subway stop at Central Park is appealing for two primary reasons. Firstly it provides access to a relatively large park as the name suggests it should. The second ...


Stop 12: Guangji Road

Jun 21, 2013

On leaving the subway at Guangji Road there is no great immediate appeal unless one either has an apartment in the near vicinity (and there are a few), or one is heading ...


Stop 11: Binhe Road

May 21, 2013

Alighting at Bin He, one could be forgiven for wondering what on earth one had left the metro for, because nothing immediately catches the eye upon exiting the station. ...


Stop 10: Leqiao

May 2, 2013

Leqiao, as with Lindun Lu, is one of the two stops providing access to Guanqian Jie, and the surrounding area with which its name is synonymous. It is situated on the ...


Stop 9: Suzhou Amusement Land

Apr 19, 2013

Comparatively speaking the Suzhou Amusement Land metro station is fairly large with numerous entrance and exit points. It is also like all of the city's metro stations ...


Stop 8: Lindun Lu

Dec 17, 2012


Stop 7: Xinghu Street

Nov 19, 2012

At face value, Xinghu Street doesn't harbour much appeal when considered against many of the other locations situated along metro line 1. For example, it has no ...


Stop 6: Yangyuxiang

Nov 16, 2012

Yangyuxiang may not harbour an obvious appeal to would-be travellers but delve a little deeper and the attraction of disembarking at this stop soon becomes apparent. The ...


Stop 5: Xiangmen

Nov 16, 2012

With seemingly more appealing locations found just prior to this stop in both directions one could be forgiven for wondering upon leaving the station itself just why ...


Stop 4: Xinghai Square

Aug 27, 2012

Being reasonably familiar with the area around the Xinghai Square subway station it was my belief that the Metro System here was designed primarily to serve as little ...


Stop 3: Times Square

Aug 14, 2012

Times Square is one of Suzhou's premier shopping locations. It is easily accessed via Metro Line 1 and is only a very short walk from the subway station. Effectively ...


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