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Suzhou
Travel Guide

Suzhou which includes a bridge and a pond

Boasting beautiful gardens and lovely canals, this historic city has long been known as one of the country’s cultural capitals. 

Nicknamed "Venice of the East," Suzhou is a sophisticated city that has inspired generations of writers, artists and scholars. Shop here to purchase some of the embroidery and silk products the area is known for.

Over the past centuries, Suzhou's wealthy residents built the many classical gardens that you can still explore today. Most of Suzhou's gardens were built between the 16th and 18th centuries; nine of them are now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites. Notice that they were designed to be enjoyed by private families and their guests and are typically smaller and more intimate than the grand imperial gardens you see in other parts of the country.

Don’t miss the Humble Administrator's Garden, considered to be among the finest of the city’s many gardens. A characteristic example of Ming-period landscaping, the garden features many imaginative water elements.

Check out one of the enchanting evening performances that regularly take place at the Master of the Nets Garden. In addition to enjoying traditional dance, Chinese opera or instrumental music, admire the charming light display that illuminates the garden’s ponds and pavilions.

Stroll around the city’s Jinji Lake, which offers a crowd-pleasing mix of urban and natural scenery. You’ll find dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as lakefront paths ideal for cycling, jogging and walking.

Be sure to see the Pan Gate, the city’s only remaining original gate, which dates back to the 15th century. From the top of the gate, look for Wumen Bridge and the 11th-century Ruiguang Pagoda.

Plan to see the impressive Suzhou Museum, a fascinating work of contemporary architecture modeled after the city’s courtyards and gardens. Inside the museum, examine a fine display of paintings, jade, textiles and other cultural exhibits.

Suzhou is located less than 40 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed train. Visit the city as a daytrip from Shanghai and stay until the evening to see the beguiling paper lanterns that illuminate the city’s canals.

Where to stay in Suzhou

Indigo Suzhou Grand Canal, an IHG Hotel
Indigo Suzhou Grand Canal, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Building 13, No.79 East Jinshan Road,, Suzhou New District,, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is $119 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Huqiu District, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Soody Candy Land, Lingering Garden, and Hanshan Temple. Suzhou City Moat and Baimajian Ecological ...
Indigo Suzhou Grand Canal, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
168 Xinggang Street, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is $160 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gate to the East and Jinji Lake. Suzhou Center and In City Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (96 reviews)
"Great except there is no coffee maker in the room."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
W Suzhou
W Suzhou
5 out of 5
Building 7 Suzhou Center, corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is $179 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Suzhou Center and Jinji Lake. Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and Suzhou International Expo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)
Perfect
"Love my stay. It was perfect. Super comfortable and clean."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

W Suzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is $65 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 9
Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gate to the East and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Jinji Lake. In City Shopping Mall and Suzhou Center are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (145 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 229, Zhongxin West Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Located in the heart of Suzhou, this luxury aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Suzhou City Moat and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Jinji Lake. Couple's Retreat Garden ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great service and nightly views!
"The stay was amazing. Hotel service was timely and cleaning was immaculate. Breakfast buffet wasn't huge but had a variety and was enjoyable. I also had a minor issue with my room booked which was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. Overall, a great stay and I had a very enjoyed time staying in ..."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Central Park
Central Park
3 out of 5
No.88 Jiu Hua Road, Suzhou, JiangSu
Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Suzhou International Expo Center and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Jinji Lake. Yuanrong Times Square and Ferris ...
4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
disappointed
"Apt was so cold and it took a long time to warm up. Bathroom was moldy and dirty. Towels were not possible to use at all. Area is good. shopping and restaurants are nearby"

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2019

Central Park
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