Suzhou Travel Guide

Szuhzou Travel Guide

Suhzou is one of the popular tourism cities in China.To the east Shanghai,south Hangzhou and west Wuxi,Suzhou City is located in southern Jiangsu Province in the center of the Yangtze Delta.The city is divided by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, it is praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained today. The double-chessboard layout of the city, with 'the streets and rivers going side by side while the water and land routes running in parallel', is preserved intact.

What to see in Suzhou ?

As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in the city, and some of them have been listed in the World Heritage List.

See Chinese Gardens

Suzhou has been a prosperous city for many years. The classic gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties (1500–1700). Most gardens are private ones built by aristocrats, scholars, and rich businessmen.Today, more than 60 classic gardens are remain in the city, nine of which have been listed as World Heritage. 

The Humble Administrator's Garden 

Lingering Garden

Net Master's Garden 

Canglang Pavilion

Lion Grove Garden

The Couple's Garden Retreat

Visit  Water Towns

With the Yangtze River flowing through the city's north boundary, and the Grand Canal running down from north to south, Suzhou is rich in canals, and is called "the World's Oriental Venice".The water towns of Suzhou are crisscrossed by canals, rivers, and bridges. Old buildings and streets are built along the waterways. Many Zhouzhuang Water Townof them are still preserved well, reflecting old China. You can walk along lanes and bridges, or take a boat to appreciate ancient architecture and the beautiful canal scenery.Of these Zhouzhuang is honored as the number one water town in China, but it is the most commercialized. Tongli is a quiet water town and is less crowded.

Zhouzhuang Water Town 

Mudu Ancient Town

Luzhi Water Town

Tongli Water Town 

Guangfu Water town

The mild climate makes the city a desirable destination all year round. Touring the wonderful ancient water towns in the vicinity or lingering in the exquisite classical gardens in the downtown area, you will truly know the charm of a 'paradise on earth'. 

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