Suzhou, a major Chinese city belonging to the Yangtze River Delta area, is known for its beautiful gardens, pagodas, bridges, and winding canals. Since its history dates back to 770BC, the waterside city provides you with an incredible opportunity to experience the country’s past and present while chomping on rice cakes and sipping green tea. Being a center for production and manufacturing of silk, Suzhou offers an educational and interesting peek of the textile industry.
With a rich history of 90 years, the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang has numerous houses with courtyards, some of which have arched gateways constructed of carved bricks. Characterized with lakes on every direction, Zhouzhuang exhibits natural beauty that can be found around its tone bridges and the waterside lanes. Stroll through Luzhi Ancient Town and marvel at its ferryboats, ancient bridges, and ferry crossings.
Visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, the 51,950 sq. m landscape boasting of sheer hills, winding paths, endless waters, and various kinds of flowers is the largest garden in the city attracting tourists from around the world. Lingering Garden, featuring in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is another renowned garden that measures 23,000 sq. m with a miniature mountain known as Shi Ping Peak.
Take a cruise to the Grand Canal, the longest canal in the world, important for its role in water conservancy as well as exchange of culture and economy between the northern and southern China. Travel to Jinchang District to view the 36-meter-tall Tiger Hill, where King Helu of Wu was buried. It is a seven-storied octagonal structure that is tilted northwards slightly. Suzhou Museum is another tourist attraction that is worth a visit. With a collection of 15,000 pieces of artifacts including calligraphies and Chinese paintings, precious stones, jade wares, porcelain, silver, and gold wares.
If you want to taste the local dishes then head to some of the notable restaurants specializing in Suzhou cuisine including Tongdexing Noodles, Guanyu Chi, Xiehe Restaurant, and Songhelou Restaurant. Eateries specializing in Sichuan food include Haidilao Hot Pot and Goodman Folk Snacks.
If you want to indulge yourself in a shopping spree, then some of the recommended shopping sites include Meiluo Shopping Mall, Yuanrong Times Square, Jiuhuang Department Store, Su Embroidery Museum, and many more.