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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

Top hotels in Suzhou

Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
4.5 out of 5
229 West Suzhou Ave, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is £71 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Gate to the East, Jinji Lake and Suzhou Pingtan Museum. Pingjiang Street ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
Reasonable accommodation.

"The hotel is nice. It seemed like a standard business hotel."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
GreenTree Inn Suzhou Kunshan Bacheng Town Hubin North Road Business Hotel
GreenTree Inn Suzhou Kunshan Bacheng Town Hubin North Road Business Hotel
2.5 out of 5
No.88, Hubin North Road, Suzhou, Suzhou
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Located in Kunshan, this hotel is 11 mi (17.7 km) from Tinglin Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Jinji Lake and Xi Lu Garden. Suzhou International Expo Center ...

GreenTree Inn Suzhou Kunshan Bacheng Town Hubin North Road Business Hotel
W Suzhou
W Suzhou
5 out of 5
Building 7 Suzhou Center, corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is £145 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Jinji Lake, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and Suzhou International Expo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)

"In room coffee (French press) is a mess and below expectations for such upscale hotel room"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

W Suzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Suzhou

Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 229, Zhongxin West Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu

Located in the heart of Suzhou, this luxury aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Suzhou City Moat and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Jinji Lake. Couple's Retreat Garden ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great service and nightly views!

"The stay was amazing. Hotel service was timely and cleaning was immaculate. Breakfast buffet wasn't huge but had a variety and was enjoyable. I also had a minor issue with my room booked which was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. Overall, a great stay and I had a very enjoyed time staying in ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2019

Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is £40 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Located in Wuzhong, this spa aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gate to the East and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Jinji Lake. In City Shopping Mall and Suzhou City Moat ...

4.2/5Excellent! (142 reviews)
Clean and spacious hotel

"Great clean place in SIP, close and convenient to go everywhere in Suzhou. Room is clean and spacious with separate kitchen and living room."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
4 out of 5
No 266 Suzhou East Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu

Located in Wuzhong, this golf aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Yuanrong Times Square and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Jinji Lake. Ferris Wheel Paradise and Suzhou ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"Breakfast was just OK and not the best value, but excellent apart from that."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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