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What to do in Suzhou

Suzhou is a peaceful city with abundant tourism resource. What to do in Suzhou? Take a tour to Suzhou, you will not be impressed by its natural scenery and graceful ancient gardens, you have more to see and explore. Come with TopChinaTravel, we would like to introduce some of the recommended activities for you to find a way to experience Hangzhou in a traditional local way. You will find yourself the fastest way to access to the local culture, to get a closer look of this graceful city. 

Admire the Traditional Chinese Garden

Suzhou is one of China’s first 24 national historical and cultural cities in China. It was founded in 514 B C with more than 2,500 years history. Suzhou gardens is the representative of Chinese private gardens, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Humble Administrator Garden Suzhou

Suzhou gardens or the classical gardens of Suzhou. It mainly refers to the private garden, traditional Han Chinese architecture in the city of Suzhou. Suzhou garden is regarded as a leader and pride in Chinese gardens and Southern China Gardens.

The typical examples of Suzhou Garden are Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, the Nets Garden, Lion Grove Garden and the Mountain Villa, ect, which were built during the heyday of the private garden development in Suzhou. With the far-reaching conception, sophisticated construction, elegant and artistic design and rich culture, they become the model and representatives of the numerous classical Suzhou gardens.

Enjoy a Cruise on Suzhou Grand Canal

Venue: Grand Canal, Suzhou
Duration: about 1.5 hours

Enjoy a Cruise on Suzhou Grand Canal

Sightseeing on the boat of this fantastic city, you can view the backyards of Suzhou residents, whitewashed houses with gray-tiled roofs, while bridges and narrow alleys criss-cross the passages. It will be a good idea to enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal to appreciate the views along the bank.

Besides those male boat guides, female boat guides also can be a good company when you join this activity. Sometimes you may enjoy the folk songs that sung by them.

Tour to Tongli Water Town

Venue: Tongli Water Town

Tongli is an old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Take a Tour to Tongli Water Town, you can get further idea about the inner spirit of water town in South China.

Originally named Fushi, Tongli is an old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Take a visiting in this town, you can get further idea about the inner spirit of water town in South China.

So we highly recommend you to join this activity because the water town can be taken as a soul of Suzhou. Someone who had been there said, Tongli is not to be missed and is a wonderful place to experience traditional Chinese culture.

Tongli Water Town

Wandering on Pingjiang Road

Pingjiang Historic District is just on the south of Humble Administrator’s Garden, with a history of more than 2,500 years. It is the most typical and completely preserved ancient streets existing in Suzhou. Pingjiang Road is just the center of this district, which is a path along Pingjiang River amd totally 1606 meters long. Xuanqiao Lane, Daru Lane, Wei Dao Guan Qian, Zhong Zhangjia Lane and Daxinqiao Lane, ect are just on the east and west side of Pingjiao Roade. Especially, some water lanes are still kept on the east side, water and land paralleling, street neighboring to river, it reflects the southern China watertown features. Compared to Guanqian Street on the west sides, Pingjiang Road has distinctly quiet and quaint atmosphere.

Slowing down and stepping on the stone road, next to the lush camphor trees along the road, seeing stone table and bench as well as exquisite shops, bars or cafe at the roadside, you will have a wonderful experience in this short road. You can see the old houses in the road with white walls, gray tiles, wooden doors and windows which are elegant and charm. This road keeps the original scene. You could find locals living here and them washing in the river.

Discover the No. 1 Silk Mill

Suzhou No. 1 Sill Mill, as a nationwide tourism enterprise, is to show the silk industry of Suzhou, which is famous in China. Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill visit project include sericulture by mulberry leaves, elegant silk exhibition hall visit, silk reeling and silk production as well as silk fashion show. It proves the glorious history of 80 years for Chinese silk industry and reflects the deep and profound Chinese culture.


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