Mid-Lake Pavilion of the West Garden in the city of Suzhou. The city’s private gardens, as well as its canals, have survived over the centuries. PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL.
Suzhou is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu in the Yangzi (Chang) River delta. It was a center of Wu civilization from the fifth century BCE. The Venetian traveler Marco Polo reportedly called the city the “Venice of the