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Ye Shanghai, A Pearl in the East – Part 4: Suzhou – Sleeping on Silkworm Poo

Ye Shanghai, A Pearl in the East – Part 4: Suzhou – Sleeping on Silkworm Poo
Silk may have a pleasant texture to it but the smell of it isn’t as pleasant as it looks. I’m not surprise. It’s afterall from a bug.
Suzhou Silk Factory
At our next stop, we were bought to the silk factory where we had this opportunity to watch how silk blankets were being made by the hardworking middle-aged ladies who were so focus on the task at hand, looking as if they were unaware of our presence. 
Even before entering this silk factory, we all were told about the benefits and properties of silk by the local tourguide. With his glib tongue, he had managed to convince the adults on the bus that the silk blanket is a must-buy-if-not-you-will-regret item. How the material silk itself is anti-bacterial and how it could improve the elasticity of the skin… any woman hearing this would get bought over by it. A few actually bought back a packetful of dried, hardened silk cocoons to use it has a mask. 
Do you know that silk fabric was first produced in China?
Remnants of silk with the moulted skin covering of the silkworms.

Silk is a natural protein fibre.
At the end of the silk factory tour, we were given some time to shop for the locally-made silk products such as the silk blankets, bedsheets, pillows and clothes. The silk blankets do not come cheap. They can cost up to about $100 and above. We bought two silk pillows back to Singapore. The pillows were stuff with the dried poo from the silkworms. The thought of sleeping on insects’ faeces might sound gross but apparently it was said that the waste of the silkworms can remove moisture and relieve cold and headaches. The pillow which I’ve bought is made up of 5 % silk and a packet full of silkworm poo mixed with some herbs. I’ve been sleeping on silkworm poop for a week now and it’s been not too bad. Quite an experience!
 Hanshan Temple

Pen down your wishes on this red ribbow and tie it on the trees.

” My studies would be all band one.” 
This was surely written by a Singaporean primary school kid. No doubt about it.

The Chinese threw their coins on rooftops of the temples!
A well of wishes.
Xi Tang

It was said that Mission Impossible 3 was filmed right here!

We get to sit one of these houseboats and had an hour boat’s ride.
Hangzhou
After our first dinner in Hangzhou, we enjoyed an acrobatic performance about the history of Hangzhou over a pot of Chinese tea and clappers.
Back at the hotel. This was one of our best hotel stay! Big fluffy beds and a huge bathtub.

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