Suzhou (苏州市) is a major city in the Jiangsu Province, adjacent to Shanghai Municipality. Originally founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of history and about 10 million of population. It is well-known for its stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens. Also, Suzhou’s local food is one of the most famous in China with its local snacks specialty called Xiao chi (small eats). You can also find some restaurants that were founded over a hundred years ago.
What to visit in Suzhou
- Classical Gardens of Suzhou which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Hanshan Temple ( 寒山寺) which is a Buddhist temple about 5 kilometres of the old city.
- Suzhou Museum
- Suzhou is the most famous place in China for silk production. Suzhou’s silk was an imperial tribute and gained a worldwide reputation as early as the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279 AD). You can visit No.1 Silk Factory founded in in 1926
- Lake Taihu (太湖)
- Local famous restaurants such as Huang Tian Yuan, Song He Lou, De Yue Lou& Dao Xiang Cun
How to get to Suzhou from Shanghai
- High speed train from Shanghai or Hongqiao railway station (recommended)
Suzhou Photo Gallery