On Thursday, July 1, 2010, I visited my childhood residence with my Dad and kids in Suzhou.
What I remembered was quite different from what I saw. Here are a few pictures.
We lived on this street. It was much longer in my memory. I guess everything looked bigger back then since I was young and small.
From 1970 to 1980 we lived inside this house. During the visit we met this lady whom we didn’t know. She said she has lived there for 30 years. Some of our old neighbors are still living there.
Behind me is the back door of our old residence. On top where the red bricks are is the balcony where we had clothlines to air dry everything.
This street along the river took us to Grandparents’ house. The street was narrower and without rails back then. I was always afraid that I would fall into the water. So I tried to walk very closely to the wall. The trees and plants make the area look better. There used to be houses on both sides.
The old main street in downtown is now a pedestrian street.
More photos are available on Facebook.