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Suzhou Travel Guide

There has always been a level of elegance, grace and romance in Suzhou that few cities can rival, the gardens and canals lend an air of sophistication.

Over 2,500-years-old, much of old Suzhou's architecture and scenery continues to impress visitors with echoes of moonlit walks along the canals through the perfume of osmanthus flowers that time and progress haven't been able to erase. During the Tang dynasty, the canal linked Suzhou to the rest of the empire. The canal continues to feed an enormous network of smaller canals that penetrate every part of the city.

Water physically and culturally defines Suzhou. The seemingly infinite maze of canals creates an efficient transportation network, a wealth of picturesque scenery and architecture and lifestyle typical of the eastern Chinese Jiangnan style. Nearby rivers and lakes collectively yield a bounty of fish and shellfish that still dominates the local cuisine. Aquatic images abound in the city's art, and if you travel the canals by boat, your guide may treat you to a rowing song that has remained unchanged for centuries.

A large part of Suzhou's prosperity and renown come from its beautiful and ingenious arts and handicrafts, especially the most prized of Chinese treasures, silk. Suzhou was an early centre of silk production and remains so to this day. The city and surrounding countryside are still thick with the mulberry trees that feed the silkworms. The silk trade brought wealth, but Suzhou's real mark was made by its embroidery. Suzhou silk embroidery is a true marvel and on a screen of sheer silk, artists using silk thread finer than a human hair create detailed images on both sides of the fabric, deftly hiding all the knots between the pictures. Visitors to Suzhou can see this painstaking work being done in many local shops. The Suzhou Silk Museum is also a good place to learn more about silk production and they have interesting displays detailing each step of the silk making process.

Suzhou Memorable Experiences

Trekking along the narrow trail to Sandiequan Falls.

Exploring the Bonsai garden in the Humble Administrator's Garden.

Sitting on an old stone bridge and watching the boats on the canals drift by.

Wandering the seemingly infinite labyrinths of small lanes in the old parts of town.

Top Suzhou Tours

15 Days Taichi Experience Tour

  • Tour Code: TC-0114
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Shanghai-Suzhou-Qufu-Taian

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Summary: Taichi training in Suzhou, Beijing and Guangfu combined with full tours in China..

18 Days Majestic China Tour

  • Tour Code: MC-0226
  • Days: 18
  • Destination: Shanghai-Guiyang-Kaili-Xijiang-Suzhou-Nanjing

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Summary: Experience the grandeur of China and enjoy all the marvels and the most beautiful landscape under heaven..

15 Days China Glorious Gardens Tour

  • Tour Code: GT-01
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangshuo-Hangzhou-Suzhou-Shanghai

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Summary: A relaxing 15-day tour in from Beijing to Shanghai, enjoying the beautiful scenery and learn more in botanical garden..

Amazing East China Tour

  • Tour Code: SH-0121
  • Days: 5
  • Destination: Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou

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Summary: This tour shows you both the classic and modern aspects of Shanghai..

Shanghai Sit-in Coach Tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

  • Tour Code: SZ-0115
  • Days: 1
  • Destination: Suzhou-Zhouzhuang

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Summary: Immerse yourself into the classical gardens and peaceful water towns and experience the air of elegance..