Suzhou’s pleasant climate and perennial happenings make this place a year-round destination. No matter the season, you can always find things to do in Suzhou. Suzhou’s weather is comparable to weather in the U.S. and Canada (albeit a bit more tropical at times). We’ve summed up each season below so you can start planning your Suzhou get-away.
|MONTH||AVERAGE HIGH||AVERAGE LOW||AVERAGE DAYS OF RAIN FALL|
|January||46°F | 8°C||34°F | 1°C||6|
|February||48°F | 9°C||36°F | 2°C||7|
|March||55°F | 13°C||41°F | 5°C||9|
|April||66°F | 19°C||52°F | 11°C||10|
|May||75°F | 24°C||61°F | 16°C||10|
|June||81°F | 27°C||68°F | 20°C||10|
|July||90°F | 32°C||77°F | 25°C||9|
|August||90°F | 32°C||77°F | 25°C||8|
|September||81°F | 27°C||70°F | 21°C||9|
|October||72°F | 22°C||59°F | 15°C||6|
|November||63°F | 17°C||48°F | 9°C||5|
|December||52°F | 11°C||36°F | 2°C||5|
Warm and pleasant, spring is one of the most popular times to visit the ancient city. Flowers are in full bloom, festivals are in full swing and although it does rain, precipitation is not as prevalent as it is in the summer. While temperature swings are always a possibility, spring is generally quite temperate.
When: March, April and May
Travel Season: Shoulder
What to Wear: Layers, short and long-sleeved shirts, light jacket or sweater, rain gear
It’s the warmest season of the year. Humidity rises as the rainy season kicks off in June, and transitions into the hottest month (July), with temperatures exceeding 90°F (32°C). Heavy rains can happen at a moment’s notice — don’t forget to pack your umbrella.
When: June, July and August
Travel Season: High
What to Wear: Sunglasses, sunscreen, shorts, t-shirts, rain gear
The sun reemerges as the air begins to cool and dry. The season starts off warm, and as the heat begins to wane, daily temperatures become quite balmy. Similar to spring, expect some temperature swings. Overall, conditions are highly favorable — making autumn one of the best (and busiest) seasons to visit.
When: September, October and November
Travel Season: Peak
What to Wear: Layers, short and long-sleeved shirts, light jacket or sweater
While it’s the coldest season, winter boasts the least amount of tourists. The coldest weather is usually felt during late January. Although it seldom snows, the air is damp and soaked with humidity, making it feel even chillier at times.
When: December, January and February
Travel Season: Low
What to Wear: Coats, sweaters, scarves, umbrella
Featured Tour Packages
1-Day : Discover Suzhou By Fast Train From Shanghai
Upon arrival in Suzhou pay a visit to The Humble Administrator’s garden, one of the four most famous gardens in China, then take a walk or rickshaw ride along the old canal section at Pingjiang historic road. Visit the largest Buddhist temple or the famous local silk factory and a guided tour of the “No.1 ancient street “ and a boat trip along the canal. At the end of the cruise, have a look at the famous leaning pagoda on the Tiger hill.
13-Days : Gardens, Culture, History, People, and Nature
Day 11 - 13 : You will visit the Urban Planning Exhibition and Shanghai Museum, a world-class museum with a collection of bronze, jade, pottery, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, old coins, and furniture. Tour the Lingering Garden (Liuyuan) and Tiger Hill Pagoda (Huqiu Shan) including the Bonsai (Panji) Nursery on the grounds of Wanjing Villa. After lunch visit the Master of the Nets Garden (Wangshi Yuan) and Blue Wave Pavilion (Canlang Ting).
12-Days : The Heart of China Cultural Tour
Day 8 - 9 : start the day with a cruise on the Grand Canal. Admire waterfront views on a boat ride on the Grand Canal and through smaller canals where you will witness how locals live their life by the waterways.
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."