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 May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Suzhou Travel
Asked by Renee from USA | Jan. 29, 2019 04:00Reply
Where can I buy a Jiangsu Province transportation card in Wuxi?
I want a card to use on the metro in the city and also in other cities in Jiangsu. Where can I buy the card in Binhu District.
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Answered by Charlie from GERMANY | Jan. 30, 2019 00:19

Yes, you can purchase the card in the service centers of metro stations in Binhu District, WX City. :)
Hope helpful!!!
Asked by Tom from USA | Jan. 19, 2019 12:05Reply
Can I use the Shanghai Metro 3-day pass on the Metro in Suzhou?
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Answered by Lavelle from CANADA | Jan. 21, 2019 19:56

No, you cannot. This pass can only be used in Shanghai.
Asked by Brenda Bolton from ASTRALIA | Oct. 09, 2018 16:47Reply
We will be in Pudong, Shanghai later this month and want to go to Lili Town, near Suzhou.
Do you know the best way to get there please?
Brenda from Australia October 2018
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Answered by Jason from SINGAPORE | Oct. 10, 2018 00:10

From Pudong Airport, you are advised to take shuttle bus to SZ Bus Station at Railway Station North Square first. Then take a taxi to South Bus Station. There are many coaches from there to Lili Bus Station. After arriving, take a taxi to the scenic area directly.
Asked by Ibrahim from SAUDI ARABIA | Jun. 26, 2018 08:59Reply
Hi there ,, can anyone tell me the clothing wholesale fabric market in Suzhou city ?
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Answered by Jessica from UKRAINE | Jun. 27, 2018 20:54

Near 129 people's Road, Gusu District, there is a south gate wholesale market, you can try there.
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