There is a man made canal that was dredged and runs between Beijing and Shanghai. It runs through Suzhou and was used to ferry people and goods on the water. There are numerous little waterways that run from the main canal and Suzhou creek is one of them. People from time immemorial has lived along the water but lately the old houses has been replaced by newer buildings. Old Suzhou is beautiful and romantic. New Suzhou has lost most if not all of its old romantic charm. There are other smaller villages where the old Grand canal atmosphere still lives but not in Suzhou. Suzhou is now a thoroughly modern city. We did manage to ride in some old wooden boats, the interior of which is old and charming.