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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Tip: Hassle-free Suzhou Guided Tours
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:
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Suzhou Railway Station
How to Visit Tongli Water Town
How to Visit Zhouzhuang Water Town
How to Visit Pingjiang Road in Suzhou
How to Visit The Garden of the Master of the Nets
How to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden
How to Visit Lion Grove Garden
How to Visit Canglang Pavilion
How to Visit Guanqian Street in Suzhou