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Visit Suzhou

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

Kunshan, Suzhou, China

Kunshan

You'll enjoy the breweries and parks in Kunshan. You might want to make time for a stop at Anting Old Street or Tinglin Park.

Kunshan
Jinji Lake showing outdoor art and a garden

Wuzhong

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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
Wujiang, Suzhou, China

Wujiang

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

Wujiang
Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, China

Zhangjiagang

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Zhangjiagang. You might want to make time for a stop at Zhangjiagang Museum or Liangfeng Ecological Park.

Zhangjiagang
Suzhou showing a pond and a bridge

Gu Su District

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Gu Su District is known for its picturesque gardens, and you can make a stop by Shantang Street and Tiger Hill while in the area.

Gu Su District
Gao Xin District, Suzhou, China

Gao Xin District

Gao Xin District is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Lingering Garden and Baimajian Ecological Garden.

Gao Xin District

Top hotels in Suzhou

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
W Suzhou
W Suzhou
5 out of 5
Building 7 Suzhou Center, corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
£131
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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! (48 reviews)

"The interior design was amazing especially the bathroom, really relaxing bathtub with music ... the bed was great too. I don’t have anything which I dislike... and Overall was satisfied with everything.. The location was great too which connects to a Suzhou Centre n have metro n lost of ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2019

W Suzhou
Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu
Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu
5 out of 5
Tower 2, GCL Plaza, 99 Si’an Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
£110
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jinji Lake, Yuanrong Times Square and Suzhou International Expo Center. Suzhou Culture and Arts ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Very pleased with our stay

"Our family had a wonderful stay at Shangrila Suzhou Yuanqu. The hotel is up to the usual high standards of a Shangrila hotel. The location quite far from the tourist sites but we prioritized the quality of the rooms. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. All members of our family were very happy with ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu
Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou
Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou
5 out of 5
168 Ta Yuan Road, Suzhou New District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
£90
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located in the business district, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Lingering Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tiger Hill and Suzhou ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)
A great place to stay

"A wonderful experience from the beginning. They always make your stay worthwhile"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019

Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou

Popular things to do in Suzhou

Jinji Lake
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Jinji Lake

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.

Suzhou Museum
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Suzhou Museum

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

Humble Administrator's Garden
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Humble Administrator's Garden

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

Hanshan Temple
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Hanshan Temple

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

Shantang Street
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Shantang Street

During your trip to Suzhou, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Shantang Street. While you're in the area, wander around picturesque gardens.

Master of the Nets Garden
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Master of the Nets Garden

Explore the great outdoors at Master of the Nets Garden, a lovely green space in Suzhou. Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Top activities in Suzhou

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

£104

Experience the rare opportunity to visit 2 traditional water villages on this enthralling guided tour leaving from Shanghai. Travel to the ancient settlement of Suzhou—commonly referred to as the Venice of the East—before journeying down the winding waterways of Zhouzhuang.

Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour
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Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour

£78

Discover a charming water-bound village that has been home to thousands of people for over 900 years. Get a glimpse into the locals' way of life, explore historic architecture from past dynasties, and even take in your unique surroundings aboard a traditional Chinese boat.

Suzhou Garden & Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour
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Suzhou Garden & Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour

£100

Explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suzhou and discover the unique water village Zhouzhuang on this full-day tour. Marvel at spectacular gardens and visit the village known as the “Venice of the East.

Private Suzhou Fabulous Day Tour with Garden and Tiger Hill
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Private Suzhou Fabulous Day Tour with Garden and Tiger Hill

£65

Pick up service can be arranged at your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station. You'll start the day with the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is the largest private garden in Suzhou. The art of the Humble Administrator's Garden has a prominent position in the history of China's garden creation.

Zhujiajiao Water Village Half-Day Excursion
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half-Day Excursion

£76

Take an excursion from Shanghai city and visit the Zhujiajiao water village, often referred to as the Venice of Shanghai. Understand the socioeconomic lifestyle surrounding the intricate rivers and see ancient bridges that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Suzhou Private 3-Hour Walking Tour to See Local Lifestyles with Pingjiang Road
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Suzhou Private 3-Hour Walking Tour to See Local Lifestyles with Pingjiang Road

£14

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Suzhou Dinghui Temple, No.34 Dinghuisi Alley, Fenghuang Street, Suzhou China Go through the tree-lined streets, have a small walk and we will see Dinghui Temple whose wall has faded away from the original glamour after a long time, but it can not hide its solemn temperament.

Reviews of Suzhou

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