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Gareth Morris is a university language teacher. He is also a part-time doctoral student. Gareth first moved to China in 2005 and, after spending a couple of years back in the UK studying for his PGCE and Masters, has now returned to the city he calls home. During his time in China Gareth has travelled extensively. His travels have taken him from Beijing and Xian to Kunming and Haikou. He has also spent time in Hong Kong and Macao. In addition to this, Gareth has lived in a number of countries across Europe, North and Central America and Asia. Closer to home, Gareth has enjoyed visiting numerous localities within Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui. His Livingsu column will explore local places of interest found within walking distance of Metro line 1.


City Spotlight 13 – Commuting

Sep 27, 2016

This is not an activity I have had much direct working knowledge of until recently when we moved apartments. I've commuted to work in the UK, and this has ranged from a ...


City Spotlight 12 – Apartment Hunting

Aug 31, 2016

Deciding where to live when moving to a new place can be fairly daunting. In 2005 my former employer provided the accommodation on arrival which made life very simple. ...


City Spotlight 11 – The Gardens

Aug 9, 2016

One of the highlights of a trip to Suzhou, if not the highlight, are the classical gardens. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the variety and number of gardens spread ...


City Spotlight 10 - Bookstores

Jul 4, 2016

It's interesting how it's the little things that tend to be missed the most when overseas. What's missed will inevitably vary from person to person but high on the list ...


City Spotlight 9 – Sports Clubs

May 30, 2016

When I arrived in Suzhou in 2005 my experiences with the sports clubs was fleeting to say the least. I played in a few SIP football competitions, some of which were ...


City Spotlight 8 – Gyms

May 9, 2016

The range of gym options in Suzhou is fairly impressive today. When I first arrived the options were relatively sparse and limited. It was usually a choice between ...


City Spotlight 7 - Children's Activities II

Apr 11, 2016

In my previous article I highlighted how much more diverse the range of children's activities are today and because this really is the case I plan to expand on this a ...


City Spotlight 6 - Children's Activities

Mar 16, 2016

The nice thing about living in Suzhou today as opposed to a decade ago when I first arrived is that if you have a young family with you there are so many more activities ...


City Spotlight 5 – Taxis

Feb 15, 2016

In the past decade my experiences with city taxis have, by and large, been extremely positive. I've encountered a wide range of drivers and found almost all to be both ...


City Spotlight 4 – Schooling

Dec 8, 2015

One of the most difficult decisions many parents have to make is where to send their children to school. In Suzhou there are a number of options across a range of ...


City Spotlight 3 – Medical and Dental Services

Nov 11, 2015

When I first came to Suzhou back in 2005 the options in terms of medical and dental services was incredibly limited. If I needed to see a doctor it was off to the ...


City Spotlight 2 – Shopping Centres

Nov 2, 2015

Suzhou is home to a number of very reasonable shopping centres, and many of these are located in SIP with one of the most easily accessible being Incity. This high ...


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