Time stops in Suzhou where you find centuries of culture and modern wonders.
Historically, Suzhou was synonymous with high culture and elegance. Generations of Chinese artists, scholars, writers and high society were drawn to its exquisite art forms and the delicate beauty of its gardens. Discover Suzhou’s famous canals, romantic water towns, thousand-year-old temples and world-class museums. Savor traditional tea and cuisine along Suzhou’s historic streets. Treat your eyes and ears to ancient architecture and music. Rest your head in a bed that’s authentically Suzhou. Explore Suzhou’s unique offerings for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.read more
Where is Suzhou?
Suzhou is a major city located along the southeastern edge of Jiangsu Province in eastern China. Bordered by the Yangtze River in the north, Shanghai in the east, Zhejiang Province in the south and Lake Taihu in the west, Suzhou is a beautiful city that’s easy to get to and — once you’re here — hard to leave.
Featured Tour Packages
17-Days : Gems of China
Day 13 & 14 : Suzhou - Upon arrival, visit Panmen Gate and take a cruise on the Grand Canal and City Moat. Have an evening tour of the classic Wangshi Garden before enjoying a Suzhou Cuisine Dinner in the famed Songhelou Restaurant. Enjoy guided tours of the famous Zhuozheng and Lingering Gardens. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the atmospheric Pingjiang Road and later experience the silk lifecycle by watching the artisans hard at work, beginning with harvesting the silk (from silkworm to cocoons), before moving on to preparing the silk and finally spinning the thread.
16-Days : Grand Tour of China
With its beautifully preserved center, Suzhou is known as 'China's Garden City'. We visit the Master of Nets, a traditional garden with many classic architectural styles. Later we enjoy a rickshaw ride along the pretty Pingjiang Canal and through the narrow, bustling streets, before taking a cruise on the charming Shantang Canal.
5 Night: Art themed journey to Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hong Kong
Celebrate China's contemporary art and architecture scene while also taking in some of the country's historic sites and landmarks. Explore Shanghai and Suzhou, and in Hong Kong spend an afternoon at Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia's premier showcase for contemporary art. Begin in Shanghai to discuss textiles with a fashion designer, tour the Propaganda Poster Art Museum, and visit the galleries of the energetic M50 arts district. Learn about China's colonial history on a walking tour of the former French Concession. In nearby Suzhou, see some of its classic gardens and explore the city's I.M. Pei-designed museum. Fly to bustling Hong Kong, where highlights include a ride on an iconic Chinese junk boat at twilight. Discover the city's landmarks and contemporary collections, experience the annual Art Basel fair, and enjoy lunch in a private club, followed by a special viewing at Christie's Hong Kong.
Top 10 Attractions
events & festivals
Year-round, Suzhou festivals showcase the ancient city’s unrivaled beauty, diverse culture and rich traditions. From brilliant blooms to dramatic dragon boats, get a taste of authentic Suzhou. Be sure to plan your trip around one (or many) of these exciting celebrations.
Humble Administrator’s Garden is one of China’s finest, the centerpiece of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comprises nine classical Suzhou gardens. Visitors during spring and summer may attend the azalea or lotus festival. Adjacent, the Suzhou Museum is the latest masterpiece of China’s most famous architect, I.M. Pei. For transportation, take tourist buses No.1, 2 or 5.
Traveling with children? Don't miss the Suzhou Amusement Park at Junji Lake with zipline ride, a dancing water fountain show on weekends and one of the world's tallest Ferris Wheels. The 60 cabins carrying a total of 300 passengers take 20 minutes per rotation, providing great views of the lake and the Suzhou skyline.
Currency in Suzhou, and throughout China, is abbreviated as CNY for Chinese Yen or as RMB for Renminbi. Along with 13 other major currencies, US dollars can be exchanged at all the outlets of the state banks of China at the same rate. Bring a passport to make any transaction.
Known as the "Silk Capital of the World", those keen to see silkworms in action can be guided through the process from mulberry leaves to finished product at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. The region's temperate, subtropical zone that's ideal for deciduous mulberry trees has supported 5,000 years of silk cultivation.
Picturesque canals, stone bridges, temples, gardens and pagodas make the ancient city of Suzhou one of China's top tourism destinations. Calligraphy carved onto Tiger Hill rocks indicate that it has attracted visitors for thousands of years. A Song Dynasty poet, Su Shi, said, "It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did not visit Tiger Hill."
In Suzhou, the regional Chinese language is called Wu, the subgroup is called Taihu, and the local dialect, one of nine, is known as Suzhounese, considered one of the most elegant, flowing in all of China. Most people are bilingual in Mandarin used in schools, because Suzhounese is not mutually intelligible with either Mandarin or Cantonese.
Atop Tiger Hill, the Yunyan Pagoda, nicknamed the Leaning Tower of China, stands as a symbol of Suzhou. Completed during the Song Dynasty in the year 961, the 1,000-year-old pagoda is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and has become a symbol of Suzhou. The 3-degree tilt means that since 2010, visitors are no longer permitted entry.
Visit an authentic Buddhist monastery and temple just 3 miles west Suzhou old town. The temple has been well-known since the Tang Dynasty of the 7th and 8th centuries. Take bus No. 3, 6, 9, 17, 21, 31, 301 or Y3 and get off at Fengqaio Station.
Suzhou Railway Station, one of China's busiest, dates back to 1906. Now throughly modernized, the fast train connection with a design speed of 217 miles per hour covers the 52 miles to Shanghai in a journey of only a 24 minutes.
One of the best ways to tour the "Venice of the East" is from a front row seat on a hand-steered canal boat. Afterwards, stop into 130-year-old Pin Von Teahouse for exotic teas served in private booths on the second floor. It overlooks Pingjiang Lu, an 800-year-old lively pedestrian street, one of China's "National Historic and Cultural Streets."