Top 10 Attractions in Suzhou, Top 10 Things to Do in Suzhou

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Plan your Suzhou tour?  We’ve prepared a list of the top 10 must see attractions in Suzhou, which may be helpful for your planning your short trip to Suzhou.Suzhou is located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake in the province of Jiangsu Province.

The city is renowned for its stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction.Suzhou enjoys great fame internationally for its elegant gardens. It is said that the gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them. Suzhou attracts many visitors both home and abroad every day.

No. 01: Lion Grove Garden
Lion Grove Garden, which is located at 23 Yuanlin Road Suzhou City of Jiangsu Province of China, is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of Taihu rock at the garden’s center.
 

The Lion Grove Garden was built in 1342 CE during the Yuan Dynasty by a Zen Buddhist monk.Since 1954, the Lion Grove Garden has been open to the public. |The garden is most famous for its elaborate grotto of Taihu stone.The garden is most famous for its elaborate grotto of Taihu stone. This 1154 m2 grotto contains a maze of 9 paths winding through 21 caves across 3 levels. The pond divides the grotto into east and west sections.Entrance Fee: CNY 30 (peak seasons); CNY 20 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 2, 3, 4, 40, 55 or 701; or take Toursit Buses No. 1, 2 or 5

Lion Grove Garden

Lion Grove Garden

No. 02: Lingering Garden
The Lingering Garden is one of the four classical gardens in Suzhou City which is located outside the Changmen gate of Suzhou.  The Lingering Garden was built by an official named Xu Taishi in Ming Dynasty.
 

Covering an area of 23,310 square meters, today the garden is separated into the eastern, central, northern and western parts.The four scenic spots of the Lingering Garden are of different features.They set off each other with certain connection, but distinguish from each other at the same time. The corridor connecting all the scenic spots is 700 meters long in total, winding with the topography and making the scenery endless and changeable. It is really a masterpiece of gardens in China.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40 (peak seasons); CNY 30 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 07:30-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 11, and the Tourist Bus No. 1 and 2 to get there

Lingering Garden

Lingering Garden

No. 03: Humble Administrator’s Garden
Humble Administrator’s Garden is representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty, which are focused on a central pond with pavilions. At 51,950 m2, it is the largest garden in Suzhou and generally considered the finest garden in southern China.
 

The Humble Administrator’s Garden was a scholar garden during the Tang dynasty and a monastery garden during the Yuan dynasty. It then changed hands many times.The structures are grouped round a labyrinthine lake, rather like a Chinese water village. The garden consists of Eastern, Central and Western sections as well as some residences of the former owners.

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 (Mar. 1 to May 31 and Sep.1 to Nov. 30);
CNY 50 (June 1 to Aug 31 and Dec. 1 to Apr. 30)
Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30
How to get there: take Bus No. 2 or 3, and the Tourist Bus No. 1, 2 or 5 to get there

Humble Administrator's Garden

Humble Administrator’s Garden

No. 04: Master of the Nets Garden
The Master of the Nets Garden, which is located on Shiquan Street in Suzhou City with a total area of 0.54 hectares, is the smallest garden in Suzhou.
The garden was laid out during the Song Dynasty.The main garden, occupying about four fifth of the total area of the garden, is situated northwest of the residential area with a pond in the center.Comparing with the normal architecture in the east residential area, the garden architecture appears freer and was suitable for reading, painting, viewing, resting, sipping tea and holding small banquets.

Entrance Fee: CNY 30 (peak seasons); CNY 20 (low seasons); CNY 80 (at night)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00; 19:30-22:00 (night performace)
How to get there: take Bus No. 47, 55, 202, 204, 501, 529, 811 or 931, and the Tourist Bus (East Line) to get there

Master of the Nets Garden

Master of the Nets Garden

No. 05: Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill, which is located at the northwestern suburb of Suzhou, is a popular tourist destination and is known for its natural beauty as well as historical sites.
The hill is so named because it is said to look like a crouching tiger.The Tiger Hill covers about 14,100 square metres and is 36 metres in height.TheTiger Hill includes Tiger Hill Pagoda, Sword Testing Stone and Sword Pool, Lu Yu Well, Verdant Mountain Villa and Wanjing Villa.

The hill has been a tourist destination for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, as is evident from the poetry and calligraphy carved into rocks on the hill.

Entrance Fee: CNY 60 (peak seasons); CNY 40 (low seasons)
Opening Hours: 07:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 949, 146, 316, 816, Y 7, Y 2 or Y 3 to the south gate of the Tiger Hill; or take Buses No. 32 or 36 to the north gate of the Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill

No. 06: Hanshan Temple
Hanshan Temple is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou which is located at the town of Fengqiao ( Maple Bridge), about 5 kilometres west of the old city of Suzhou.
Temple has been famous since the Tang Dynasty. The temple compound is a scene of luxuriant green creating a secluded atmosphere.The buildings in it are in an unadorned and natural style. In the center of the compound stands Mahavira Hall. Behind the hall stretches a wooden corridor, at the end of which stands a small tower with a wall behind and a stream in front.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 3, 6, 9, 17, 21, 31 301 or Y 3, and get off at Fengqaio Station

Hanshan Temple

Hanshan Temple

No. 07: Suzhou Museum
Suzhou Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphies, and hand-made crafts, situated in Suzhou, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China.
 

The museum has a display area of 2,200 square meters. It has more than 15,000 pieces in its collections. Most are ancient paintings and calligraphy, ceramics, crafts, unearthed relics and revolution relics. Among them 247 pieces are ranked first-class. The collection of paintings and calligraphy includes works of masters from Song Dynasty to Ming and Qing Dynasties.Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 529, 811, 55, 202 or Y 2 to the Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum

No. 08: Zhouzhuang Town
Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water-towns in China, is situated in Kunshan City, 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou. In the Spring and Autumn Period, Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng, called Zhenfengli.
Zhouzhuang got its present name in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty.The town covers an area of 3600 hectares. This building is actually representative of the typical architectural styles of folk waterfront residence in south China. The attractions in Zhouzhuang Town includes: Twin Bridges, Fuan Bridge, Shen House, Zhang House, Milou Tower, Chengxu Temple, etc.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: 08:00-15:00 (in the daytime); 15:00-20:00 (at night)
How to get there: take a taxi from Zhouzhuang Bus Station

Zhouzhuang Town

Zhouzhuang Town

No. 09: Suzhou Silk Museum
Suzhou isn’t only a city of gardens, but also the silk capital of China. Suzhou Silk Museum is located in this famous city.
 

Suzhou Silk Museum documents the history of silk production and Suzhou embroidery from around 2000 BC.Exhibits include old looms with demonstrations, samples of ancient silk patterns, and an explanation of sericulture. Of major note is a room full of live silk worms, eating mulberry leaves and spinning cocoons.. By December, 2009, the live silkworms had been replaced with models.Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30
How to get there: tahe Buses No 112, 69, 102, 522, 101 or 602 to the Suzhou Silk Museum

Suzhou Silk Museum

Suzhou Silk Museum

No. 10: Pingjiang Road
Pingjiang Road (平江路) in Suzhou! The name “Pingjiang Road” originated from the old city name of Suzhou – “Pingjiang”. This 800-year old street is the best preserved ancient “water lane” ( in contrast with “water town”) in Suzhou.
It is a 1600 meters long street set alongside with a north-south canal, starting from East Beita Road (北塔东路) in the north to East Ganjiag Road (干将东路) in the south.You cannot find a better place in China in which modernity and tradition match hand in hand.

The 1600-meter cobblestone path runs alongside with a canal with willows dipping their branches in the water, cute little bridges that cross and all flanked by old white-washed local houses. The paddle boats rows on the canal while people stroll along the cobblestone path.

Pingjiang Road

Pingjiang Road

Tip:  Hassle-free Suzhou Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Suzhou Guided Tours:

 

Suzhou Highlight Day Tour from US$60  p/p
Suzhou One Day Side Trip  from US$80  p/p
Suzhou 4 Day Highlight Tour  from US$240  p/p

Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour  from US$70  p/p
Suzhou Car Rental

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7 Responses to “Top 10 Attractions in Suzhou, Top 10 Things to Do in Suzhou”

  1. stacey says:

    Where to take the bus? Eg:take bus1, 2,or 5.pls let me know from where take the bus? What station?

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Stacey,

    Please see the tourist sketch map of Suzhou below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/suzhou_tour/

    1. Bus No.01 & 4 runs along Renmin Road ( the north-south axis of Suzhou )

    2. Bus No.5 runs between west and and east with a stop at Suzhou Museum

    3. Bus No.2 runs from Tiger Hill, Pan Gate and along Shiquan Jie ( Shiquan Street – the most comemrcial street in Suzhou ).

  3. John Smith says:

    Suzhou has so many places to visit. There is also a big expat community in Suzhou so lots of bars, restaurants and clubs to check out in the evening. If you get the Subway Line 1 to Xinghai square. There are lots of restaurants in the Subway station. If you come out of Exit 2, there is Revel Fusion Lounge just around the corner above Singhealth. Camel bar is up the road opposite Element Fresh. Also down the road is Blue Marlin. Nearby is Lenbach German bar and restaurant. All these places are friendly and you can meet local expats.

  4. AJ Tjaden says:

    What are the different dates for Peak Season and Low season?

  5. Daniel says:

    Hello AJ Tjaden,

    As for tourism in China, roughly, spring and autumn( April, May, Sept and Oct ) are peak season; winter (Dec, Jan, Feb ) is low season and summer ( June,July and August) is shoulder season.

  6. June says:

    hai i will reach suzhou on 18.9.2014 in the afternoon and will stay at suzhou on 19.9.2014 and will go to hangzhou in the afternoon.

    Which the places i can visit and if i want to join a local tour how much i need to pay.

    Thank you.

  7. Daniel says:

    Hello June,

    Currently we have no organized join-in group tours in Suzhou. We are able to offer a customized private tour for you in Suzhou. For more information on the private tours in Suzhou, check out the link below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/suzhou_tour/

    Suzhous is compact and walking-friendly. You may check online for the practical travel information on Suzhou and visiting Suzhou on your own. You check my Suzhou travel blog for some useful information.

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/jiangsu-travel/suzhou-travel/

    Have a good time in Suzhou!

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