Suzhou Travel Guide
Jiangsu Province | Population: 4,330,000
Suzhou is one of the wealthiest cities in China. Located near Shanghai in the southeastern province of Jiangsu, Suzhou City is well-known for its classical gardens and water towns. The most famous among its attractions is the Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its vast water bodies, the city has often been referred to as the “Oriental Venice”.
There is a Chinese saying that the gardens lying to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world. This has been proved true in the city of Suzhou. There are over 60 large aesthetically landscaped gardens around the city. The gardens are ample evidence of the artistry of the local people since ancient times. The city has an aura of culture, education, politeness, and helpfulness which makes it one of the most sought-after tourist destination in the country, after Beijing and Shanghai.
The city of Suzhou dates back to 514 BC when it was first established. With a long history of 2,500 years, the city has unique examples of architecture and landscaping that showcase the level of education, artistic talent, and culture of the people. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal divides Suzhou City into two parts on the north-south axis.
For visitors who are looking for exclusive souvenirs, Suzhou City is a real treasure chest. It is not a place for cheap imitations or bargain products. Instead, it is meant for the discerning eye looking for a touch of class and authentic and top-class souvenirs. The local products that are really worth buying are fine Chinese silk, jade jewelry, jade showpieces, pearl jewelry and loose pearls, and Biluochun Tea. Shantang Street is an ancient pedestrian street which is a popular spot for sightseeing, local snacks, and buying souvenirs.
Where To Stay
Suzhou City has a bonanza of luxury hotels. The most popular hotels are the heritage hotels in the city and the lakeside resort near Tongli Water Town. Besides these 5-star hotels, the city also has its fair share of 2, 3, and 4-star hotels, budget hotels, cheap guesthouses, service-apartments, and inns, and youth hostels. The luxury hotels provide a gamut of amenities like swimming pools, airport shuttle service, restaurants serving International fare, in-room dining, housekeeping, and more. Even the basic accommodation is generally clean. The city, on the whole, has a tourist-friendly attitude.
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou
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Super 8 Hotel Suzhou Shihu East Road Subway Station
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Suzhou My Hotel Shiquan Branch
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Greentree Inn Suzhou Wuzhong
Green Tree Inn
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Of the total 60 gardens in Suzhou City, 9 gardens have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are well-known for their artistic layouts and classical designs. These gardens are the Lingering Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Net Master's Garden, the Garden of Cultivation, the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty, Lion Grove Garden, the Couple's Garden Retreat, and the Retreat and Reflection Garden.
These gardens have a surreal beauty that has captured the hearts and minds of tourists from all over the world. Suzhou gardens epitomize what a Chinese garden looks like and are known for their tranquil and peaceful aura. They are all protected by the State and are considered national relics of cultural importance. Some of the gardens date back to the 12th and 13th century and have vast expanses dotted with aesthetic architecture. The Tiger Hill site is 2,500 years old and is a historical and cultural site.
Spread over a vast area of 5.8 acres, the Lingering Garden is the most impressive one among the 60 gardens of Suzhou. It was originally a private garden designed in typical Qing style. It is famous for its water bodies, bridges, and numerous other buildings of different shapes, sizes, and colors.
The Suzhou Museum is a combination of classical gardens and an exhibition site. The different exhibition halls are identified by their themes like Ancient Treasures, Elegant Life Style artifacts, Pagoda Relics, and Paintings and Calligraphies dating back to the Wu Kingdom. Countless Buddhist relics excavated from the Huqiu Tower on Tiger Hills and from the Ruiguang Pagoda located in the Panmen Scenic Area are exhibited in the Elegant Lifestyle Hall. They include artifacts like writing materials, calligraphy, rare and priceless paintings and porcelain of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, etc. The highlight of the museum is the Celadon lotus-shaped bowl of the Five Dynasties period.
Liu Yuan (Lingering Garden)
Oriental landscaping is much different from gardening across the world because it aims to incorporate Feng Shui eleme...Read More
Pingjiang Historic Street (Pingjiang Lu)
The Pingjiang Historic Street (Pingjiang Lu) is a unique street in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China which has retained...Read More
The Couple's Retreat Garden or simply called the Couple’s Garden is a picturesque area in Suzhou City, China. Spread ...Read More
Tiger Hill, a scenic spot in Suzhou, has many attractions within its compound. The visually dominant one is the Tiger...Read More
Temple of Mystery (Xuanmiao Temple)
The history of this Taoist temple dates back to 276 AD when it was originally built. Its original name was Zhenqing T...Read More
Humble Administrator's Garden
To the south of the Yangtze River, there are some really amazing gardens, famed across China for their decorative ele...Read More
Garden of the Master of Nets
During the 11th century, a bureaucrat laid the foundation for what would one day be regarded among the acclaimed gard...Read More
Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple)
Situated about three miles from Fengqiao Old Town, Hanshan Temple has a rich historical background. It was initially ...Read More
New Suzhou Museum
Designed in 2006 by the same man responsible for the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the building of Suzhou Museum is a beau...Read More
Jinji Lake (Jinji Hu)
According to a legend, a golden rooster (Jinji) fell out of nowhere onto a boat cruising the water of this lake and t...Read More
Kunqu Opera Museum
This local museum of history and art is located in Zhangjia Lane. The construction was finished in 1986 and the desig...Read More
Suzhou Silk Factory
The Suzhou Silk Factory (also known as Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory) in Jiangsu Province, China is a must-see place beca...Read More
Shantang Jie (Shantang Street)
With an emphasis on the Wu culture, Shantang is a prosperous street in Suzhou, with a history spanning an amazing 11 ...Read More
Lion Forest Garden
Shizilin Yuan or Lion Grove Garden is added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, clubbed together with other cla...Read More
Shajiabang Village (Changshu City)
The Shajiabang Village (Changshu City) is located in the Jiangsu Province of China at the delta of the Yangtze River ...Read More
The Yangcheng Lake is a splendid freshwater lake near Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. It is a popular site for ...Read More
Pan Men (Pan Gate)
As you walk along the north of the Panmen Scenic Area in Suzhou, China, you will see a 300 meters long and 5 meters t...Read More
Suzhou Pingtan Museum
Pingtan is a recital-style ancient Chinese art form that originated during the Ming Dynasty in Suzhou, China. It is a...Read More
Suzhou Railway Station
Suzhou Railway Station is located just to the north of the original wall city, and serves both frequent high-speed trains on the Shanghai-Nanjing Railway, as well as all the city's conventional low-speed trains. From the station, you can access metro lines 2 and 4.
Suzhou North Railway Station
Suzhou's North Railway Station is located around 11km to the north of the city center area. It serves high-speed trains heading north on the Shanghai-Beijing Railway. It it also on Metro Line 2, providing easy access to the city center area.
Suzhou has a mild climate that makes the city a desirable destination all year round. However, the climate is relatively humid in all four seasons: summers are humid, hot and winters are cool, cloudy with occasional snowfall.
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