Suzhou

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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

Wyndham Garden Suzhou
Wyndham Garden Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
818 East Ganjiang Road, Jiangsu Province, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215005
The price is $71 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Guanqian Street and Xuanmiao Temple are ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (139 reviews)
Great hotel
"Great hotel close to a metro station and Suzhou train station. Many restaurants and bars are around. It's nearby Guan Qian Shopping Street. Pretty convenient location. Staff is really friendly and helpful. Rooms are spacious and clean. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Wyndham Garden Suzhou
Hyatt Regency Suzhou
Hyatt Regency Suzhou
5 out of 5
88 Huachi Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215000
The price is $116 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (106 reviews)
"Great as always."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Hyatt Regency Suzhou
Rosedale Hotel Taicang
Rosedale Hotel Taicang
4 out of 5
No.106 Shanghai East Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215400
The price is $89 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Wanda Plaza and Haitian Temple are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
太倉的新酒店
"設備很新, 房間很大, 但是房務處理的細節不到位。訂的是非吸煙房, 但是酒店還是安排吸菸房, 房間有煙味, 讓人難受。櫃檯人員不親切, 早餐一般般。"

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Rosedale Hotel Taicang
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, 215021
The price is $57 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (147 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 436 Changjiang Road Suzhou New Distri, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215011
The price is $70 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (140 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"Good and comfortable. Will stay again"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
4 out of 5
No 266 Suzhou East Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215028
The price is $107 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Suzhou. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (22 reviews)
"Breakfast was just OK and not the best value, but excellent apart from that."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Somerset Baitang 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.

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