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Suzhou is Jiangsu Province's number one tourist city and one of the most important tourist destinations in China. Of course, Suzhou works hard at this role, and it shows.

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Suzhou's sights and attractions are numerous and well taken care of. Classical garden in Suzhou are cultural and artistic essence of Chinese folk architecture.

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou Suzhou, a cultural and historical city in east China’s Jiangsu Province, is celebrated around the world for its elegant gardens.

Classical garden in Suzhou are cultural and artistic essence of Chinese folk architecture.
  Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuo Zhengyuan) :Zhuo Zheng Yuan, also called the Humble AdministratorS Garden, is one of the Four Famous Gardens in China. Zhuo Zheng Yuan, located in the Northeast Street of Suzhou city, was originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty. The garden serves as the symbol of dozens of the gardens south of the Yangtze River, and also is the largest classic mountains and water garden among all the gardens in Suzhou. In 1997, the Humble Administrators Garden was ranked as the world heritage by UNESCO.

The Lingering Garden : Lingering Garden (simplified Chinese: 留园; pinyin: Liú Yuán) is a renowned Chinese classical garden, located in Suzhou City. In 1997, the garden, along with other classical gardens in Suzhou, was recorded by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a World Heritage Site.


  Canglang Pavilion ( Blue Wave Pavilion ) : The Suzhou garden known as Cang Lang Ting ("Surging Waves Pavilion"*) has the longest history, and the deepest cultural roots, of all of Suzhou's justly famous classical gardens (aka scholar gardens).

 Shizilin (Lion Grove Garden) Lion-Grove Garden (狮子林, Shi Zi Lin), built in the Yuan Dynasty, is famous for its rockeries, most of which look like lions, hence the name.Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin) is located on 23 Yuanlin Road, in the northeast of Suzhou-a city with profound cultural background and convenient developmental advantages. Lion Grove Garden is one of the four most famous and representative gardens of ancient classical style in Suzhou City.

 


 The Master-of-Nets Garden The Master-of-Nets Garden (网师园, Wangshi Yuan) is one of the four famous gardens in Suzhou, which has also won the titles of world cultural heritage site.What special for visiting the Master-of-Nets Garden is it is the only Suzhou classical garden opened at night. Under the moonlight and decorative lights, watching the traditional opera show, you can experience another taste of the garden.

  •  The Hanshan Temple in Suzhou is a provincial scenic spot of Jiangsu. It lies next to the ancient canal 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) west of Suzhou and covers 45 hectares. Besides the many historical and cultural areas of interest, the natural sights are also quite beautiful. A peaceful temple with a long history
    --Famous for its bell-tolling sounds mentioned in a remarkable ancient Chinese poetry
  •  Pan Men Gate :Located at the southwest corner of the city, the Panmen Gate was first constructed in 514 B.C. The much younger present one was built in 1351, consisting of two water passes, two land gates, an ambush area outside a city gate, a city tower and city walls on both sides,  which are rarely seen in the rest of the country. Panmen Gate towers in a majestic manner. Located at the southwest corner of the city, the Panmen Gate was first constructed in 514 B.C. The much younger present one was built in 1351, consisting of two water passes, two land gates, an ambush area outside a city gate, a city tower and city walls on both sides,  which are rarely seen in the rest of the country. Panmen Gate towers in a majestic manner.
  •  Tiger Hill  The Tiger Hill (in Chinese: Huqiu), is the most famous scenic spot of Suzhou standing to the north west of Suzhou. According to the renowned Chinese poet Su shi "It's a pity of a lifetime if you have been to Suzhou but missed the Tiger Hill."


Gardens:

The best examples are the classical gardens of Suzhou, which may be the aspect of this city most well-known to foreigners. Maintaining these gardens is a lot of work, but well worth it as Suzhou has become famous not just throughout China but across the world.

  • The Garden of Cultivation:The Garden of Cultivation  is located at the northwest of Suzhou City . It was originally constructed in the reign of Emperor Jiajing of Ming Dynasty , and called Yaopu at first. During the early years of Qing Dynasty,its name was changed to the present one, but also called Jingting Mountain Cottage  The garden is small in scale but distinctive in artistic characteristics of the Ming Dynasty. And it is also a famous one among all the classic gardens in Suzhou.
  • The Garden of Retreat and Reflection:Built in 1880s, the Retreat and Reflection Garden (退思园) is comprised of the housing complex, a big courtyard and a garden which are aligned on a west-east axis. The mane is from an ancient Chinese saying that "loyal to the royal court with honest heart, self reflection is needed after retirement". It is now a UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage.
  • Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty:Celebrated for its wonderful limestone mountain, Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty ,covering only 2,180 sq.m.,enjoys the same reputation as other famous garden in China .Huanxiu Villa is one of the historical classical gardens in Suzhou and was listed in World Culture Heritage by UNESCO in 1997.
  • Ouyuan (Couple’s Garden Retreat) GardenThe Ouyuan Garden was listed in cultural relics unit under Jiangsu protection, as well as the world cultural heritage by UNESCO.Surrounded by a canal on three sides, Ouyuan Garden is an art treasure among the classic gardens of Suzhou. The mansion has houses built in the middle, with two gardens, set on either side to the east and west.

cultural sites and temples:

Suzhou's cultural sites and temples are also pleasant and worth a visit if you are here for more than a couple of days.


Museum:

Suzhou also possesses a reputation as "City of Oriental Museum". The museums in Suzhou are small in scale, various in categories, rich in local characteristics and strong in specialty. There are more than 10 museums in Suzhou today.

ancient towns in Suzhou

The ancient towns in the suburban water country of Suzhou are vibrant spots of great appeal like the old city itself. Among the things of tourist interest are the waterways, bridges, and traditional houses with white walls and dark roof-tiles in the towns of Luzhi, Tongli, and Zhouzhuang, the picturesque scenes of Lake Tai and hills, and historical relics in the East Hill and the West Hill, the gardens of distinct features in Mudu, Shaxi, Qiandeng, and Jinxi, and their rich collections folk cultural relics, etc.

Zhouzhuang Well-preserved ancient residential houses, elegant watery views and strong local traditions and customs brings Zhouzhuang worldwide fame.A water town with profound culture & elegant waterway views --Regarded by Marco Polo as the "Venice of the East"

Mudu historic cultural town:Mudu Township 10km west to suzhou is a famous historical and cultural town of Jiangsu Province . "Mudu", meaning "timbers blocking the rivers", comes from a story: During the Spring and Autumn Period,King Wu was building " Guanwa Palace " for his concubine Xishi. The timbers rafted here were so many that they blocked the rivers. With many Ming and Qing period gardens, Mudu is called "town of Gardens".


Tongli Town Tongli, an age-old water town originally named Fuzhi, has captivating bridges and residential houses.Hot for family tours --UNESCO World Heritage 

 Luzhi Town
An ideal "civilized, rich, pastoral and harmonious" environment, Luzhi.it has been awarded the great name of 'the first water town in China's.A simple and beautiful water town --Known as a "Land for Bridges" for long.


Other:

The city is praised as "the earthly heaven" for its fully developed traditional culture and its scenic gardens.

Suzhou Guanqian Street  Suzhou has always had places to shop - from when it was a medieval market town to the tourist center of today, visitors have always left Suzhou with a few interesting new items in their bags

In addition to those must-see attractions on most of the tour itineraries, there are many other local activities or culture highlights that can provide a fun and educational cultural flair to your trip. Tell us if you have interest on these activities.

 
Su embroidery

  Suzhou Silk Museum

 
Kunqu Opera

 
Taohuawu New Year Woodprints


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