Suzhou Attractions - Things to Do
When Suzhou is mentioned, naturally, people will think of its abundant classical gardens. The ingenious man-made landscape and the concept of maintaining harmony between mankind and nature have gained a high reputation worldwide. Possessing wonderful gardens, exquisite water towns, charming natural scenery and splendid history and culture, the city is praised as 'a paradise on earth'.
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Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion) is the oldest Suzhou garden which can be traced back to more than 1,000 years ago.
Couple’s Retreat Garden (Ou Yuan) was once dwelled by a couple seeking secluded life and thus got its name.
Guangfu Ancient Town is mainly reputed for the plum flowers blooming in the Sea of Fragrant Snow in early spring. Apart from this, there are interesting temples and handicrafts worth appreciating.
Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Chinese history and boasts its bell rings.
Jinji Lake is the largest city lake park in China. It’s a symbol of Suzhou as “New Paradise on Earth”.
Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin) is known as “a Kingdom of Rockery”, rich in various rocks resembling lions.
Luzhi Town is a peaceful and pristine land typically representing an ancient water town in lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
Mudu Ancient Town is a town full of fine structured gardens, including Yanjia Garden, Hongyin Shanfang Garden, Ancient Pine Garden and Bangyan Mansion.
Panmen Scenic Area, lying to the southwest of Suzhou, consists of Ruiguang (Auspicious Luster) Pagoda, Water and Land City Gates and Wumen Bridge.
Pingjiang Road is a historical block with old style Suzhou architectures and culture. It lies along an old canal and is comprised of many old alleys and featured stores.
Shantang Street (Seven-Li Shantang) is a riverside pedestrian street from Changmen Gate to the Tiger Hill, in parallel with the Shantang River.
Shaxi Ancient Town is an ancient water town with many folk houses built in Ming and Qing Dynastinies, ancient streets and bridges.
Suzhou Silk Museum unveils the secrets of making silks and is the best place to learn the city's prosperity of silk in the past.
Suzhou Museum is an attractive place famous for its rare cultural relics and unique architectural style.
The Master of Nets Garden (Wang Shi Yuan) is the best example of small and medium-sized gardens.
West Garden Temple was initially one part of the Lingering Garden, featuring sacred temples and beautiful landscapes.
Xuanmiao Taoist Temple (Temple of Mystery) is a place where you cannot only admire the majestic buildings, but also enjoy Taoist music and the flying cymbals performance.