I went to Suzhou with Katy for a few days. Having been sick and rundown in Shanghai, time in gardens and on canals sounded like a dream. Traveling with Katy was super great. She made most of the itinerary with the thought that if I wanted to join I could otherwise I could do my own thing. Since she planned more out, I just followed a long.
The city is beautiful. There is a reason why the gardens are world renown and UNESCO sites. I ended up having to spend an extra day there as the train I wanted was full, but this meant that got to have more time on the canals and I took a trip on them with Shadow, my local tour guide.
After dinner we went outside to walk off dinner and come upon some sort of "Idol" singing competition. We watched for a while and Katy and I just really kept laughing at so many things. The choice of wardrobes and music styles were very different than what we were used to.
A lantern being raised to the heavens. A candle is burnt inside a special type of lantern that is closed on the top. The heat changes the pressures inside and when done right the lantern flies into the sky. I believe I was taught you also make a wish when you do this and the lantern carries the wish out for you.