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SuzhouChina

Boasting beautiful gardens and lovely canals, this historic city has long been known as one of the country’s cultural capitals. 

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.

Where to stay in Suzhou

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Kunshan

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the breweries and parks in Kunshan. You might want to make time for a stop at Tinglin Park or Huacheng Tiandi General Mall.

Kunshan
Jinji Lake showing outdoor art and a park

Wuzhong

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Wuzhong is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Jinji Lake and Gate to the East.

Wuzhong
Suzhou which includes a bridge and a pond

Gu Su District

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

Gu Su District is popular for its colorful gardens, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Shantang Street or Tiger Hill.

Gu Su District
Tongli is a town in Wujiang county, on the outskirts of Suzhou, China. It is known for a system of canals, it has been given the nickname "Venice of the East". Tongli is half an hour away from Suzhou city and about 90 minutes from Shanghai.
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Wujiang

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the gardens and parks in Wujiang. You might want to make time for a stop at Qianlong Canal Park or Retreat & Reflection Garden.

Wujiang
Sunrise on The Yangtze.  I took this just after a Tai Chi session at dawn.  If you ever have the opportunity to cruise the Yangtze, I recommend getting up early as the light and atmosphere is incredible.

Zhangjiagang

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Zhangjiagang. You might want to make time for a stop at Jiyanghu Leisure Park or Zhangjiagang Stadium.

Zhangjiagang
Canals in Tiger Hill

Gao Xin District

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Gao Xin District is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Lingering Garden and Classical Gardens of Suzhou.

Gao Xin District

Top Hotels in Suzhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou
5 out of 5
1 Guobin Rd, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is NT$3,762 per night

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located near the bay, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Jinji Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ferris Wheel Paradise and In City Shopping ...

3.9/5Good! (40 reviews)
EXCELLENT

"GREAT PEOPLE, AWESOME ROOM, FAIR PRICE"…"

Reviewed on 2019/2/24

Kempinski Hotel Suzhou
Novotel Suzhou SIP
Novotel Suzhou SIP
4 out of 5
688 Suzhou Avenue East, Suzhou
The price is NT$1,693 per night

Located in Wuzhong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and Jinji Lake. Suzhou International Expo Center and Yuanrong Times ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (204 reviews)

"Comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/19

Novotel Suzhou SIP
Pan Pacific Suzhou
Pan Pacific Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
259 Xin Shi Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on the Strip, within 2 mi (3 km) of Pan Gate, Master of the Nets Garden, and Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (303 reviews)

"The room I got was a bit old and need some refurbishment. But the building itself is gorgeous. Value for money."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/24

Pan Pacific Suzhou

Popular places to visit in Suzhou

Jinji Lake
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Jinji Lake

5/5(9 reviews)

This well-planned lakeside area is one of the city’s most popular leisure spots, offering outdoor activities as well as a diverse variety of shops and restaurants.

Shantang Street
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Shantang Street

4.5/5(18 reviews)

During your visit to Suzhou, you can do some window-shopping at Shantang Street. Wander the picturesque gardens in this culturally rich area.

Humble Administrator's Garden
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Humble Administrator's Garden

4/5(17 reviews)

Considered to be Suzhou’s most impressive garden, this beautifully landscaped space is best known for its interesting water features.

Suzhou Museum
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Suzhou Museum

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Set in an innovative I. M. Pei building, this museum has a small yet impressive collection of art and artifacts, including prehistoric pottery.

Pan Gate
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Pan Gate

5/5(4 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Suzhou with a trip to Pan Gate. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Gate to the East
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Gate to the East

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Caojiatian with a visit to Gate to the East. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

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