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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 76%History Buffs
- 70%Business Travelers
- 66%Local Culture
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- SuzhouMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAug 25, 2013
About 100km west of Shanghai, Suzhou is home to some of the very finest examples of what this country does best: traditional garden architecture. There are a number of truly spectacular private gardens that can be visited here, but nothing beats the 'Humble Administrators Garden', which is absolutely outstanding. The areas of the Old City, with their canals and traditional houses, are pleasantly atmospheric, and there are a number of great places to stay here if you want to make it more than a daytrip from Shanghai or Hangzhou.
- SuzhouMember ofFamily TravelersAug 22, 2012
I love world-class gardens, so a visit to Suzhou near Shanghai was always a must-do for me. Of the nine great gardens in the city none of them disappoint, hence why they are a UNESCO World Heritage site - "Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design."
My three favourites include the subtle Garden of the Master of the Nest with its lovely pond and stone work; the wonderful Zen Buddhist Lion Forest Garden with its interpretations of mountains, lakes and winding pathways; and, the most famous of all of Suzhou's gardens, The Humble Administrator's Garden with its amazing array of plant species and a magnificent recreation of the scenery of the Lower Yangtze.
The city also has a myriad of canals to wander along. There are few cities in China you can walk around and not feel pressured by traffic and people but this is one of those.
The main shopping precinct is as good as any in China with a huge range of good stores to choose from and plenty of nice Chinese restaurants to keep oneself fed.
This is a great side trip for 2/3 nights from Shanghai...I highly recommend it.
- SuzhouJul 12, 2012
After living here for a year Suzhou is my favorite place in China, and a gem that most people miss. Suzhou is called, "the Venice of the east" because there are water canals winding through the entire city. Suzhou is known for having the most Chinese gardens where philosophers used to live, and the silk products are the best in China. Only an overnight train-ride away from Beijing...don't miss it!