Saturday night we went to my college friend, Jessie's house for a Bar-B-Q party with about 20 of their friends at their balcony. We had great time there and made some new friends.
Sunday Richy's cold was worse so we stayed home all day. He had sore throat since Friday morning. Monday was another day off for the moon festival. Richy still coughed but we went out to Pan-Gate (盤門) and visit a Pottery store near-by. Pan-Gate is a sightseeing place with traditional Su-Zhou city gate sorounded by river as a defensive blocker. The weather was hot today. We took a small hand-rowed boat with an old woman singing old songs for us. The view from the boat was excellent (see attached picture) but the smell of the water was bad because of pollutions. After we left Pan-Gate, we visited a pottery store owned by the friends we met in the BBQ party. The couple was very nice and patient to explain to us the background and history of every special piece in the pottery. Richy wanted to buy one China pot but we did not see one with right color and shape yet. The owner told us to reserve one and check it out later. We told them what we need and we'll see it two weeks later.