Suzhou Travel Guide

Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
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Suzhou is located in southern Jiangsu Province in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Shanghai lies to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. The city is divided 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 'Venice of the Orient'. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history and numerous points of interest. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained today. 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 intact.

The mild climate makes the city a desirable destination all 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 a 'paradise on earth'. As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of the 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 some of them have been listed in the World Heritage List.
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There is no airport in the city and travelers should 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 to travel between the two cities in 30 minutes. Subway trains and convenient city buses can take visitors to most attractions within the city.
Suzhou Food
Tasting local delicacies should not be forgotten in your journey. Suzhou Cuisine belongs to the Jiangsu Style, which is one of the eight famous cuisines of 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. You’ll never forget the delicious food and friendly service.

Shopping in Suzhou
Silk and embroidery are the very souvenirs most visitors are eager to buy in China. Here you have come to the right place. The city is the original site of Su Embroidery, and the silk products here enjoy a high reputation worldwide. If you want to buy, we recommend the souvenir stores at the Suzhou Silk Museum and Embroidery Museum.

Water Town at Night
Local nightlife is much quieter and more leisurely than in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. When night falls, one can enjoy the lovely scene on Shantang Street, take a boat ride on 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 'the 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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  • Famous Universities
  • Useful Phone Numbers
  • Hospitals
  • Post Office

- Last modified on Jun. 25, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Suzhou Travel
Asked by Jack from USA | Jul. 18, 2019 11:31Reply
How much time to take seeing tiger hill?
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Answered by Kristen from USA | Jul. 18, 2019 19:47

Generally speaking, the suggested sightseeing time is around 2-3 hours.
Asked by Nikkie from CHINA | Jul. 15, 2019 21:34Reply
I am trying to find the schedule for the Suzhou line 42 bus. I can't find it anywhere online.
This "tool" doesn't seem to allow for searching for local bus schedules/routes.
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Answered by Lucy from USA | Jul. 23, 2019 01:42

Well, they don't have a very detailed route of every local bus. Maybe you can tell me your destination and the right choice of buses will be given. Or you want to know the stops and schedule of the Bus Line 42? It is operated from 06:15 to 19:50.
Asked by Trudie from USA | Jun. 23, 2019 20:42Reply
How would I get from Wuxi Swiss Bel Hotel to the Mt Lingshan scenic area?
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Answered by Jeremy from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 02:12

You can walk north about 300m to take Bus Line 207 from Xiyuanli to Meiyuan and then transfer to Bus Line 89 to Bibo Shanzhuang. Get off the bus, you can see the scenic area. It takes about 80 mins and costs CNY4.
Asked by Patrick from SINGAPORE | May. 24, 2019 01:15Reply
How to travel from Zhongshan to Suzhou?
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Answered by Rebecca from MALAYSIA | May. 26, 2019 22:36

There is no direct train from Zhongshan to Suzhou so the convenient way is to fly to your destination.
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