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Nicknamed "Venice of the East," Suzhou is a sophisticated city that has inspired generations of writers, artists and scholars. Shop here to purchase some of the embroidery and silk products the area is known for.
Over the past centuries, Suzhou's wealthy residents built the many classical gardens that you can still explore today. Most of Suzhou's gardens were built between the 16th and 18th centuries; nine of them are now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites. Notice that they were designed to be enjoyed by private families and their guests and are typically smaller and more intimate than the grand imperial gardens you see in other parts of the country.
Don’t miss the Humble Administrator's Garden, considered to be among the finest of the city’s many gardens. A characteristic example of Ming-period landscaping, the garden features many imaginative water elements.
Check out one of the enchanting evening performances that regularly take place at the Master of the Nets Garden. In addition to enjoying traditional dance, Chinese opera or instrumental music, admire the charming light display that illuminates the garden’s ponds and pavilions.
Stroll around the city’s Jinji Lake, which offers a crowd-pleasing mix of urban and natural scenery. You’ll find dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as lakefront paths ideal for cycling, jogging and walking.
Be sure to see the Pan Gate, the city’s only remaining original gate, which dates back to the 15th century. From the top of the gate, look for Wumen Bridge and the 11th-century Ruiguang Pagoda.
Plan to see the impressive Suzhou Museum, a fascinating work of contemporary architecture modeled after the city’s courtyards and gardens. Inside the museum, examine a fine display of paintings, jade, textiles and other cultural exhibits.
Suzhou is located less than 40 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed train. Visit the city as a daytrip from Shanghai and stay until the evening to see the beguiling paper lanterns that illuminate the city’s canals.
Open yourself to everything there is to see and do and return home with the greatest souvenir of all — memories of your incredible trip!
This place has a huge range of things to do. Here are some suggestions to kick start your trip to Suzhou:
Have a little time on your side? Visit our Suzhou things to do page for a full list of activities.
It was disappointing that the power supply of the hair dryer was broken.
My stay was awesome here. This was my first time in China and had no idea what to expect. This hotel was a great stay. Great room, good price, helpful front desk. Only thing I didn't like was this hotel is in an industrial park on the other side of a large bay from Suzhou city. This was fine for ...
Property was clean and up to date. Location is easy to get in and out.
The only complaint I have is that we were "led" to use a fixed rate "taxi" that parked outside the hotel lobby, which charged us more than otherwise (say a regular taxi or a taxi via an APP). I don't think such act should be linked to such a brand name hotel!
Located in a very convenient place. There are many restaurants and shops nearby. Room is new and clean, but it was disappointed that TV controller did not work well and was not able to watch any TV programs.
The stay was comfortable and clean. I was there on a business trip, the location is very close to the downtown and the expo. Cool and calming walks at Jinji lake are also comfortable due to the hotel's proximity with the lake.
Good location, bedroom and living room separate with a kitchenette.
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