Suzhou

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Suzhou featuring a pond and a bridge

Boasting beautiful gardens and lovely canals, this historic city has long been known as one of the country’s cultural capitals.

Nicknamed "Venice of the East," Suzhou is a sophisticated city that has inspired generations of writers, artists and scholars. Shop here to purchase some of the embroidery and silk products the area is known for.

Over the past centuries, Suzhou's wealthy residents built the many classical gardens that you can still explore today. Most of Suzhou's gardens were built between the 16th and 18th centuries; nine of them are now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites. Notice that they were designed to be enjoyed by private families and their guests and are typically smaller and more intimate than the grand imperial gardens you see in other parts of the country.

Don’t miss the Humble Administrator's Garden, considered to be among the finest of the city’s many gardens. A characteristic example of Ming-period landscaping, the garden features many imaginative water elements.

Check out one of the enchanting evening performances that regularly take place at the Master of the Nets Garden. In addition to enjoying traditional dance, Chinese opera or instrumental music, admire the charming light display that illuminates the garden’s ponds and pavilions.

Stroll around the city’s Jinji Lake, which offers a crowd-pleasing mix of urban and natural scenery. You’ll find dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as lakefront paths ideal for cycling, jogging and walking.

Be sure to see the Pan Gate, the city’s only remaining original gate, which dates back to the 15th century. From the top of the gate, look for Wumen Bridge and the 11th-century Ruiguang Pagoda.

Plan to see the impressive Suzhou Museum, a fascinating work of contemporary architecture modeled after the city’s courtyards and gardens. Inside the museum, examine a fine display of paintings, jade, textiles and other cultural exhibits.

Suzhou is located less than 40 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed train. Visit the city as a daytrip from Shanghai and stay until the evening to see the beguiling paper lanterns that illuminate the city’s canals.

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $84 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Park Huxi, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gate to the East and In City Shopping Mall. Suzhou Center and Jinji Lake are also within 2 mi ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (146 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Shangri-La Suzhou
Shangri-La Suzhou
5 out of 5
168 Ta Yuan Road, Suzhou New District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $121 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located in the business district, 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lingering Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shantang Street and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (129 reviews)
Lovely vacay
"Overall nice stay. Only but far away from City. But our family has fun. Thank you to all the staff."

Reviewed on Dec. 19, 2019

Shangri-La Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 436 Changjiang Road Suzhou New Distri, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Huqiu District, this luxury aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hanshan Temple and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shantang Street and Suzhou Museum. Humble ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (138 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"Good and comfortable. Will stay again"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 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.
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $84 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Park Huxi, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gate to the East and In City Shopping Mall. Suzhou Center and Jinji Lake are also within 2 mi ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (146 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 436 Changjiang Road Suzhou New Distri, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in Huqiu District, this luxury aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hanshan Temple and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shantang Street and Suzhou Museum. Humble ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (138 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"Good and comfortable. Will stay again"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2019

Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
3.5 out of 5
318 Changjiang Road, Gao Xin District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $94 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
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 ...
4.1/5 Very 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 May 24, 2017

Suzhou Regalia Serviced Residences
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