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Suzhou Travel Guide

Suzhou is located in the south of Jiangsu Province, in the center of the Yangtze Delta, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, it is praised as the 'Oriental Venice'. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city with over 2,500 years' history. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained now. The double-chessboard layout of the city, with 'the streets and rivers going side by side while the water and land routes running in parallel', is preserved basically intact.

The mild climate makes it an available destination all the year round. Touring the wonderful ancient water towns in the vicinity or lingering in the exquisite classical gardens in the downtown area, you will truly know the charm of the 'paradise on earth'. As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in the city, and a series of them have been listed in the World Heritage List.
 
There is no airport in the city and travelers can use the nearby Shanghai Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport. With four main train stations, the railway is well-developed. Frequent bullet trains run between Suzhou and Shanghai, which makes it possible for traveling between the two cities within 30 minutes. Subway trains and convenient city buses can take visitors to most attractions within the city.
 
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Suzhou Food
Tasting local delicacies should not be forgotten in your journey. Suzhou Cuisine belongs to Jiangsu Style which is one of the eight famous cuisines in China. The special sweet flavor and delicate appearance make the dishes greatly popular. Authentic notable local dishes and snacks can be found in Guanqian Street, where delicious food and friendly service are memorable.

Shopping in Suzhou
Silk and embroidery must be the very souvenirs you are eager to buy in China. Here you come to the right place. The city is the original place of Su Embroidery and the silk products here enjoy high reputation worldwide. If you want to buy, souvenir stores in Suzhou Silk Museum and Embroidery Museum are recommended.

Water Town at Night
Local nightlife is much quieter and leisure comparing to big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. When night falls, one can enjoy the lovely scene at the Shantang Street, take a little ship in the Shantang River, or watch the local Kun Opera and Pingtan performance while sipping a cup of tea in a teahouse. Pubs or bars are also available, but traditional cultures are hardly felt there.

The city is the cradle of Chinese Wu Culture. Many great names and schools of art arose here. For example, the Wumen Fine Arts School is the finest in the city's history. Pingtan, Kun Opera and Suzhou Opera are praised as 'three flowers' in the cultural history of the city. Furthermore, embroidery, fans and brocade produced here are noted worldwide.

Here are some basic facts and practical information to facilitate your life, trip, and business in the city.
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