'History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme' - Mark Twain.
A gallimaufry of random China history and research interests
Friday, February 6, 2009
Early Picture of Soochow Creek
Picked up a nice old postcard of the Soochow (Suzhou) Creek recently and finally got around to scanning it in - not sure of the date but given the amazingly heavy traffic on the Creek, the complete lack of mechanised craft and the buildings along the Creek bank it's reasonably early. Whatever the date it's a fascinating picture just for the sheer busy-ness of the Creek which is incredible. Nothing else to say except that it's a nice photo so I thought I'd stick it up.
As someone who divides their time pretty evenly writing about China now and China back then this seemed like a place to throw all the interesting bits that fall through the cracks somehow and never get used anywhere else.
It's basically the stuff that doesn't get used in my writing about modern China or in the books I do about old China - i.e. probably of little interest to anyone but me and therefore ideally suited to an obscure blog up a dark cul-de-sac of the Internet.