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SuzhouChina

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.

Top Hotels in Suzhou

W Suzhou
W Suzhou
5 out of 5
Building 7 Suzhou Center, corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $237 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Wuzhong, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Jinji Lake, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and Suzhou International Expo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
CP值很高

"Very good location and very nice service"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

W Suzhou
Suzhou Marriott Hotel
Suzhou Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
1296 Ganjiang Road West, Gu Su District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $113 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (135 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 Nov. 7, 2019

Suzhou Marriott Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
Four Points by Sheraton Suzhou
4 out of 5
No 8 Moon Bay Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $111 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dushu Lake and Jinji Lake. Ferris Wheel Paradise and Suzhou City Moat are also ...

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

"Pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

Four Points by Sheraton 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.

Vacation Rentals in 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 Dec. 24, 2019

Ascott Midtown 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 CA $65 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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 Couple's Retreat ...

4.2/5Excellent! (140 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 Aug. 24, 2020

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Suzhou K-land Hotel
Suzhou K-land Hotel
4 out of 5
No.3 Weihua Road, Industrial Park Zone, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $75 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Suzhou International Expo Center, Jinji Lake and Yuanrong Times Square. Ferris Wheel Paradise ...

Suzhou K-land 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.

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Reviews of Suzhou

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Oct 14, 2019

Great walkable city. Humble Administrator Garden is a hit.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 14, 2019

I moved to another hotel. This hotel only suitable for local tourists

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 28, 2018

Suzhou is just a beautiful place to visit and see, day or night.

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