Suzhou bridge

Suzhou is a city of canals and bridges. When Marco Polo came through, he estimated there were 1,600. That was probably an exaggeration.

So, when we walked through this park, lined with mature cedar, and found this bridge, it might have seemed right to assume it is a surviving relic of the past.

Nope. Three years ago, a shoddy apartment building stood on this spot. There were no cedar, and there was no bridge.