( Above picture/ Humble Administrator's Garden/ Winter)
Classic Chinese Gardens are traditional Chinese gardens built for the rich, featured with ponds, corridors, trees, buildings and rockeries. It has two big representatives, private gardens in Jiangnan area(Jiangsu province, Shanghai, Zhejiang province), and royal gardens in north China. Top 4 Classic Chinese Gardens are the Summer Palace, Chengde Imperial Summer Resort, Humble Administrator’s Garden, and the Lingering Garden.
Suzhou has left us several ancient gardens, including Humble Administrator’s Garden, and Lingering Garden, Lion Grove Garden, and Pavilion of Surging Waves, with Humble Administrator’s Garden as the famous. In fact, Suzhou gardens are not only the aforesaid, more please read Suzhou Attrations . Suzhou also has a museum for Chinese Garden, named Suzhou Garden Museum. It is the first garden museum in China, located at the inside of Humble Administrator’s Garden.
Humble Administrator’s Garden as a masterpiece of Classic Chinese Garden, has attracted tens of millions to come. Humble Administrator’s Garden centers on water, and has built beautiful buildings, pavilions, and corridors, put rockeries and plant trees and flowers around water area.
3 Days Suzhou Essence Tour
One Day Classic Suzhou Tour with Tongli Water Town
Suzhou has 2 famous water town Tongli Water Town and Luzhi Water Town, with Zhouzhuang Water Town close to Suzhou, which are also ancient towns. Water towns have rivers flowing through towns and houses are built along rivers, and they are the special town layout in Jiangnan area.
(Above picture/ Tongli Water Town)
Tongli Water Town is located in Tongli town, Wujiang district, Suzhou, about 30 km from Suzhou downtown, and accessible by taxi, bus and Metro Line 4. Tongli Water Town has beautiful ancient private gardens, temples, private house, and former residences of famous people. In Tongli Water Town, 15 rivers divide it into 7 parts, and 49 bridges connect all parts together.
Zhouzhuang Water Town, located in Kunshan, enjoys a title as “China’s Top 1 Water Town”, beautiful for its old bridges, buildings, winding rivers, rowing boats, and temples. Zhouzhuang Water town is composed of several parts, and tourists could walk along the rivers, take a boat, visit old buildings, eat and buy handicrafts at stores.
Suzhou Silk is time-honored silk, and refers to silk made in Suzhou, famous for its quality and beautiful designs, and loved by Chinese people. Suzhou is the home of silk, with a silk-making history of thousands of years, and Suzhou Silk in the ancient times was a big part of Suzhou economy, and exported to western countries.
(Above picture/ Suzhou Embroidery)
Suzhou Embroidery has built a big name in China and also the world for a long time, and it is regarded as one of “Top 4 Chinese Embroidery”. Suzhou Embroidery is a general name of embroidery made in Suzhou, and Zhenhu embroidery is the most famous one. Suzhou Embroidery has great achievements in arts and crafts and has a wide variety of embroidery contents, such as figure, animal, flower, and buildings.
Suzhou Silk Museum is a silk museum in Suzhou, located in No. 2001, Renmin Road, and close to North Temple Pagoda, accessible by Metro Line 4. Suzhou Silk Museum has 6 exhibition halls, where tourists could see ancient silk relics, replicas of ancient silk clothes, silk-making tools, and Suzhou Embroidery, and also see specialists make silk on spot. Except SuzhouSilk Museum, Suzhou Silk Factory is recommended to tourists to see how silk is made.
Where to buy silk and embroidery in Suzhou?
Visitors and tourists could go to Guanqian Street and Pingjiang Street.
Suzhou Silk Museum is also a best place to buy Suzhou Silk and Embroidery.
(Above picture/ Bi Luo Chun Tea)
Bi Luo Chun Tea is a kind of green tea, and listed as traditional Chinese tea and Top 10 Chinese Famous Tea. Bi Luo Chun tea is produced in Spring, famous for its delicate smell. It has a famous tea in Suzhou, produced in East Dongting Mountain and West Dongting Mountai, close to Taihu Lake, with a history of over 1000 years.
Health benefits of Bi Luo Chun Tea: Bi Luo Chun Tea is rich in catechinic acid, rea polyphenol, Vitamin C and A, and it could relax central nerve and remove fatigue, inhibit bacteria, inhibit the spread of cancer cells, and help lose weight. Best time to buy Bi Luo Chun Tea is in days around the first week of April.
Where to buy Bi Luo Chun Tea in Suzhou?
Visitors and tourists could go to tea stores, supermarket to buy Bi Luo Chun Tea.
Another option is go to tea villages arould Taihu Lake, the producing area.
Suzhou Food should not be missed, and tourists and visitors would love to taste it. Here recommends some Suzhou food to you.
(Above picture/ Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish)
Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish(松鼠桂鱼) is a fish dish with a squirrel-like shape, crispy in outside, fresh in inside, and it has a mix taste of sour and sweet. Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish is a famous Suzhou dish, with a long history.
Bi Luo Shrimp Meat(碧螺虾仁) is a shrimp dish, and as its name tell, it has an ingredient of Bi Luo Chun Tea. Yangcheng Lake Hairy Crab(阳澄湖大闸蟹) is another landmark-like food in Suzhou and the hairy crab is produced in Yangcheng Lake, with great flavors.
Suzhou snack, our first recommendation is Sheng Jian Bao and crab soup dumplings, this two snacks are popular in Jiangnan area, and loved by Chinese people and people from other cities.
(Above picture/De Yue Lou Restaurant)
Recommended restaurants in Suzhou. Two time-honored restaurants are also recommended in here, De Yue Lou and Song He Lou, where you could tastes all local delicious food, dessert and snacks. Tourists could find two restaurants in Guanqian Street.
Suzhou food streets. Guanqian Street, Shiquan Street, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street are famous Suzhou food streets and pedestrian streets, where tourists could go sightseeing, go shopping, and taste Suzhou food and snacks.
(Above picture/ Suzhou map)
Where is Suzhou? Suzhou is a big city of Jiangsu province, located in the south of Jiangsu, close to Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Suzhou is famous for water towns, classic Chinese gardens, Suzhou silk, Suzhou embroidery, and Suzhou food. Suzhou best places are Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, and Guanqian Street, and Humble Administrator’s Garden should be the priority.
(Above picture/ Suzhou Jinji Lake)
144-hour visa free transit in Suzhou. Tourists entering through any of these ports, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshao International Airport, Shanghai ports, and Shanghai Railway Station, with a connecting international ticket to the third country, are eligible for 144-hour visa free transit in Suzhou and could stay in Jiangsu province, Zhejiang province and Shanghai for 144 hours.
Suzhou railway stations & getting around Suzhou. Suzhou has 4 railway stations, but tourists usually use two of them, that is, Suzhou Railway Station, and Suzhou North Railway Station. From Suzhou to Shanghai, it takes about 1 hour. From Suzhou to Hangzhou, it takes 1.5 hours. From Suzhou to Nanjing, it takes about 1 hour. Tourists getting around Suzhou could take metro, take taxi or take public bus, which are convenient and fast.
How to plan a trip to Suzhou?