Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Suzhou Wells and Fish Cleaning

Suzhou is a watery city. It is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Taihu 太湖. To its east is Yangcheng Lake, home of the famous big binding crab (大閘蟹). The rectangular old city is surrounded by a moat 護城河, and canals criss-cross the city. So water is everywhere. So much so that wells are also everywhere, in the middle of walk-ways, on side walks of busy street, etc.

This man was cleaning a fish next to a well on the sidewalk of a busy street. The fish seemed to be a , or . The famous 武昌鱼 is a kind of . It is very tasty, but also full of numerous small bones. Half an hour before that, I saw a woman cleaning anotherbesides another well. It seems when it comes to cooking, the sexes are more equal in Suzhou.

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