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SuzhouChina

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.

Top hotels in Suzhou

Park Hyatt Suzhou
Park Hyatt Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$261 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ferris Wheel Paradise and Jinji Lake. Yuanrong Times Square and Suzhou International Expo Center ...

Park Hyatt Suzhou
Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
4 out of 5
The price is SG$110 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on a lake, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Jinji Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ferris Wheel Paradise and Suzhou Culture ...

4.1/5Very Good! (60 reviews)
Pleasant stay.

"Pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2019

Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
Suzhou Joy Holiday Hotel
Suzhou Joy Holiday Hotel
3 out of 5

Located in Xiang Cheng District, this hotel is 2 mi (3.1 km) from Suzhou Pingjiang Wanda Plaza and within 6 miles (10 km) of Humble Administrator's Garden and ...

Suzhou Joy Holiday Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Suzhou

Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
4 out of 5

Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Yuanrong Times Square and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Jinji Lake. Ferris Wheel Paradise and Suzhou International ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"Breakfast was just OK and not the best value, but excellent apart from that."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct,2019

Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
The price is SG$66 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

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 Pingtan Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (138 reviews)

"It is a short distance from the buzzing of city centre but a quiet setting, peaceful and not too disyane"…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec,2019

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
4.5 out of 5

Located in Gao Xin District, this luxury aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hanshan Temple, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shantang Street and Tiger Hill. Suzhou ...

4.3/5Excellent! (138 reviews)
Pleasant stay

"Good and comfortable. Will stay again"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul,2019

Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Suzhou

Jinji Lake
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Jinji Lake

This well-planned lakeside area is one of the city’s most popular leisure spots, offering outdoor activities as well as a diverse variety of shops and restaurants.

Humble Administrator's Garden
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Humble Administrator's Garden

Considered to be Suzhou’s most impressive garden, this beautifully landscaped space is best known for its interesting water features.

Suzhou Museum
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Suzhou Museum

Set in an innovative I. M. Pei building, this museum has a small yet impressive collection of art and artifacts, including prehistoric pottery.

Top things to do in Suzhou

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

SG$185
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour
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Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour

SG$140
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
2-Day Tour of Shanghai, Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Coach Tour
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2-Day Tour of Shanghai, Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Coach Tour

SG$268
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Zhujiajiao Water Village Half-Day Excursion
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half-Day Excursion

SG$136
Per adult
Shanghai-Suzhou Classic Private Day Tour
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Shanghai-Suzhou Classic Private Day Tour

SG$502
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town Group Day Tour from Shanghai
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town Group Day Tour from Shanghai

SG$254
Per adult

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