Canals

Dubbed "Venice of the East," the ancient city of Suzhou teems with enchanting canals and winding waterways.

Events & Festivals

Year-round, Suzhou festivals showcase the ancient city's unrivaled beauty, diverse culture and rich traditions.

Gardens

Experience the pristine beauty and divine tranquility of Suzhou's beautifully manicured classical gardens.

Museums

From ancient artifacts to modern architecture, and from Kunqu opera to fine-spun silks, uncover the wonder that makes Suzhou a treasured destination.

Shopping

Suzhou is the silk capital of the world. Authentic and handmade embroidery is a traditional, local product that’s a great choice for visitors to Suzhou.

Temples

From active monasteries to ancient remains, Suzhou is home to a colorful collection of China’s most cherished temples.

Top 10 Attractions

With more than 400 attractions to choose from, planning your perfect Suzhou itinerary may leave you not knowing where to start.

Featured Tour Packages

1-Day : Private Tour-Chinese Hairy Crab Food Tour at Yangcheng Lake and Suzhou

1-Day : Private Tour-Chinese Hairy Crab Food Tour at Yangcheng Lake and Suzhou

This autumn, don’t miss out on a private tour to find the best tasting Yangchen hairy crab. This exclusive tour is on a private yacht in the Yangcheng Lake. Also see the tallest and heaviest indoor Buddha figure in China located in the Yangcheng lake peninsula by the Chongyuan temple. Lastly travel to the old town of Suzhou to visit the Silk Museum and the Kun opera tea house.

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13-Days : Hutongs to Hong Kong

13-Days : Hutongs to Hong Kong

Day 11 : We make the short trip out of town to the Suzhou water canals by high speed train. This 'Venice of the east' is made up of a patchwork of canals and waterways. As well as cruise the Grand Canal, which at nearly 2,000 kilometers is the longest constructed waterway in the world. There will also be a visit to a silk workshop.

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14-Days : Picturesque China

14-Days : Picturesque China

Day 11 - 12 : The water village known to the Chinese as “Venice of the East” - an inspirational hub for many poets and artists alike, the old sections of Suzhou was made the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 - a priceless piece of history frozen in time for all to enjoy.

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Expert Tips:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Suzhou, China

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."