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Suzhou
Travel Guide

Suzhou featuring a river or creek

Dotted with gardens, crisscrossed by canals and studded with pagoda-style temples, this ancient Chinese city is a relaxing place to discover by bicycle, boat or on foot.

The ancient city of Suzhou is often referred to as the “Venice of the Orient” because of the canals and lakes that weave between its city streets. Suzhou is just over 100 kilometres (63 miles) from Shanghai but the culture and customs of the former Wu capital differ greatly from China’s most populatedcity. Suzhou dates back to the 6th century B.C. and traditional ways of life still resonate in the streets of this rapidly modernising city. Spend a few days exploring Suzhou’s gardens, courtyards and buildings which provide evocative glimpses back through the city’s 2,500-year history.

The star attractions of Suzhou are its splendid gardens, of which more than 60 can be found scattered throughout the city. Take a boat ride through the canals of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the city’s largest garden. Marvel at the intricately carved tree roots and extensive bonsai collection. Explore the design of the Lingering Garden, with lake and mountain scenes. Lose yourself amid the twists and turns of the Lion Forest Garden and on hot days cool off under the forest canopy of the Surging Wave (Canglang) Pavilion. These gardens are among Suzhou’s Classical Gardens, which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Crisscrossed with charming canal streets and bridges, compact Suzhou is the perfect walking or cycling city. Stroll across 1,000-year-old paving stones on scenic Ping Jiang Road, pausing to admire ancient shophouses and Western-style coffee shops. Shop for souvenirs along Shan Tang Street then explore the quite neighbourhoods beyond. The city is also studded with pagoda-style temples, such as the Cold Mountain Temple, Huqiu Tower and the joss smoke-shrouded Temple of Mystery.

Getting around Suzhou is a breeze thanks to a network of pedicabs and easy-to-follow walking paths. Take a ride along the canals aboard a historic boat to see the city from a different angle. Although Suzhou doesn’t have its own airport, nearby Shanghai and Wuxi are less than an hour away by shuttle bus or high speed train.

Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay
Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay
5 out of 5
No. 518 Yingbin Avenue, Taihu New Town, Wujiang District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$156 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Wujiang, this luxury hotel is 8 mi (12.9 km) from Jingsi Garden and 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Retreat & Reflection Garden.
4.8/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"Stayed in one of 6 villas with a private hotspring pool. Comfortable upscale surroundings. Great service. Only issue is the security camera over looking the pool - feels like there is no privacy."

Reviewed on 30 Oct,2020

Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay
Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
168 Xinggang Street, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$249 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gate to the East and Jinji Lake. In City Shopping Mall and Suzhou Culture and Arts Center are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (95 reviews)
"Great except there is no coffee maker in the room."

Reviewed on 21 Jan,2020

Crowne Plaza Suzhou, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kunshan, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kunshan, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
No 699 Zizhu Road, Yushan Town, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$131 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Kunshan, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Tinglin Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Wanda Plaza Kunshan. Xi Lu Garden and Yangcheng Lake are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on 21 Aug,2019

Crowne Plaza Kunshan, an IHG Hotel
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Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$92 per night from 9 Jun to 9 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gate to the East and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Jinji Lake. In City Shopping Mall and Suzhou City Moat ...
4.2/5Excellent! (145 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on 5 Jan,2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 229, Zhongxin West Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Located in the heart of Suzhou, this luxury aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Suzhou City Moat and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Jinji Lake. Couple's Retreat Garden ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great service and nightly views!
"The stay was amazing. Hotel service was timely and cleaning was immaculate. Breakfast buffet wasn't huge but had a variety and was enjoyable. I also had a minor issue with my room booked which was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. Overall, a great stay and I had a very enjoyed time staying in ..."

Reviewed on 24 Dec,2019

Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
3.5 out of 5
318 Changjiang Road, Gao Xin District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
This family-friendly Suzhou aparthotel is located in Huqiu District, within 3 mi (5 km) of Soody Candy Land, Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple. Baimajian Ecological ...
4.1/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Best hotel in my entire China trip
"Amazing size apartment Super helpful front desk especially the best in the world front office manager Nancy Awesome value for money Decent location"

Reviewed on 24 May,2017

Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
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