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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

Suzhou Marriott Hotel
Suzhou Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
1296 Ganjiang Road West, Gu Su District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$124 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Gu Su District, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hanshan Temple, Shantang Street and Suzhou City Moat. Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (136 reviews)
The staff made the stay very pleasant.

"The room is big and clean with a huge bathroom. The staff at the front office is very very helpful. They even provide advice on the itinerary for free and easy travellers."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov,2019

Suzhou Marriott Hotel
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$143 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Wujiang, this luxury hotel is 8 mi (12.8 km) from Jingsi Garden and 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Retreat & Reflection Garden.

4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"The staff were kind and welcoming and nothing was too difficult. They went above and beyond to make our stay very enjoyable. The place we beautiful and clean."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul,2020

Le Méridien Suzhou, Suzhou Bay
Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
4.5 out of 5
229 West Suzhou Ave, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is SG$128 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Gate to the East, Jinji Lake and Suzhou Pingtan Museum. Pingjiang Street ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (134 reviews)
Reasonable accommodation.

"The hotel is nice. It seemed like a standard business hotel."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct,2019

Renaissance Suzhou 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

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$72 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Wuzhong, this spa 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! (142 reviews)
Clean and spacious hotel

"Great clean place in SIP, close and convenient to go everywhere in Suzhou. Room is clean and spacious with separate kitchen and living room."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug,2020

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
4 out of 5
No 266 Suzhou East Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu

Located in Wuzhong, this golf 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 ...

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
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
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.

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