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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- Last modified on Oct. 31, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Suzhou Travel
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
Answers (1)
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.
Asked by Hans from SWITZERLAND | Apr. 29, 2018 16:02Reply
Arriving at Pudong Int. Ariport on Sunday 6:45 am: How to get to Suzhou the fastest?
apparently the first direct bus from Pudong International Airport is at 9:30.
Do I have to wait for that bus, or would it be faster to get to Shanghai Train Station (By maglev an subway? Or is there a shuttle bus?), and take a train from Shanghai to SZ Train Station?
Can I buy the train ticket in advance?
I want to get to a hotel near SZ Le Qiao Subway station.
Thanks for your help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lincoln from FRANCE | May. 04, 2018 02:33

Well, of course, the most convenient way is to take the direct bus from Pudong Airport to SZ.
Or upon landing, take shuttle bus line 1 to get to Hongqiao Railway Station first. The first bus departs at 07:00. The ticket fare is CNY 30 per person. It takes around an hour on the way. Then just take the bullet train to the destination. The duration is around half an hour.

You can choose the way you like.

In addition, you can buy the train tickets in advance. But the online booking page only has Chinese version. You can ask help for TravelChinaGuide. They have train tickets booking service.

You can find several chain hotels nearby Leqiao Subway Station, such as Hanting Express Hotel, Pod Inn and GreenTree Inn.
Asked by tony mills from USA | Oct. 25, 2017 21:38Reply
Train/bus from Suzhou to Zhujiajiao area
Going from Doubletree in SZ to Crowne Plaza Xiayang Lake (just under 2 miles east of the Qingpu Hotel in Qingpu) (near Zhujiajiao), hopefully by train as much as possible, but I'm sure a bus will also be necessary. I'm planning to go on November 16. Google Maps says around 5 hours, taking buses 110 and G758S to Hongqiao Railway Station, a short ride on Subway Line 2 to Xujing East, and then a 2+ hour bus ride to the vicinity of the Crowne Plaza (5 min walk to hotel).

Is there a quicker way (train/bus)? If so, which trains/buses, and how long, and how expensive?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Answered by Candy from USA | Oct. 26, 2017 03:03

Oh, that is not true. It won't take that long. Take a taxi from your hotel to SIP Railway Station in 10min to take a high speed train to Shanghai Hongqiao within 25min. Then take subway line 2 to Xujing East in 5min. There you can take bus Qingxu Line (get off at East Gongyuan Road Huapu Road) or Zhuxu Line (get off at Huaqing Road East Gongyuan Road). It takes around 40min. Then walk to ur hotel within 5min.
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