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Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province and near to Shanghai. In 1981, this ancient city was listed by the State Council as one of the four cities (the other three being Beijing, Hangzhou and Guilin) where the protection of historical and cultural heritage as well as natural scenery should be treated as a prior project. Now the city covers a total area of 8,488 square kilometers with a population of about 5.8 million (1.1 million in the city proper). It is known for its impressive historical gardens and many of them had been listed by the UNESCO.

Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with 2500 years\' history. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained in present-day Suzhou. The double-chessboard layout of Suzhou, with \'the streets and rivers go side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel\', are preserved basically intact. Strolling the streets, you can feel the unique lingering charm of this landscape left by its long history.

The gardens in Suzhou obtain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in Suzhou, and a series of them have been listed in the World Heritage List, including the Humble Administrator\'s Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Garden of Master of Nets.

Rating alongside these classical gardens are the exquisite water townships in Suzhou. Zhouzhuang, Mudu, Tongli Town are beautiful water towns that known by the world. In any water township of Suzhou, a number of preserved buildings of Ming and Qing dynasty can be found.  Suzhou is a key silk production centre in China and the embroidery school here is ranked in the "top 4" for the whole of China. The attractiveness of Suzhou is also evident in its performing arts (folk songs of Wu), Kunqu Opera and storytelling, as well as stelle carving, calligraphy and painting.

As one of the famous tourist cities in China, Suzhou has made a great improvement to its basic facilities and tourist functions. Include the facilities of traffic, hotel, restaurant, etc. The local delicious should not be forgotten in one’s journey. There are many characteristic cuisine in this old city.

Suzhou

Humble Administration

China's classic gardens can be divided into two categories: the royal garden such as the Summer Palace in Beijing, or the private garden. Most of Suzhou Read More...

Lingering Garden

The Lingering Garden is located outside Changmen Gate in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The ccupation of this garden is 23,300 square meters (about 5.8 acres). Read More...

Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin)

Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin) is located on 23 Yuanlin Road, in the northeast of Suzhou-a city with profound cultural background and convenient developmental advantages. Lion Grove Garden is one of the four most famous and representative gardens of ancient classical style in Suzhou City. Read More...

The Garden of the Master of the Nets

The Garden of the Master of the Nets is an example of of Suzhou gardens. Read More...

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is located in the southwest of Suzhou City, it is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Suzhou, which is in fact a hillock about 30 meters in height. Read More...

Panmen

Lying to the southwest of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Panmen Scenery Area was built on the base of some historic sites by using the architectural structure of classical gardens. Read More...

Cold Mountain Temple

The Chinese ancient poem "A Night Mooring near Maple Bridge" written by Zhang Ji, a poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), was described the midnight bell rings of the Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple). Since then, the temple has become famous, especially for its bell rings and Buddhism culture. Cold Mountain Temple, also called Hanshan Si in Pinyin, is situated five kilometers (about three miles) from Fengqiao Old Town in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. It is said that in the Tang Dynasty, a famous Read More...

Canglang Pavilion

Canglang Pavilion is located in the southern part of Suzhou, and is one of the four most famous gardens of the city. Read More...

Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang lies between Shanghai and Suzhou, is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, where abounds with rivers and lakes. It is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China. The history of Zhouzhuang could back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), Zhouzhuang was a part of a king Read More...

Tongli

Originally named Fushi, Tongli is an age-old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Located on the eastern shore of Taihu Lake, just 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Suzhou City, Tongli town is 63 square kilometers (24 square miles) in area and has a population of over 33 thousand. Read More...

Suzhou Silk Museum

The Suzhou Silk Museum is located in this famous city, which people call 'Paradise on Earth'.rn Read More...

Suzhou Brief

Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province and near to Shanghai. In 1981, this ancient city was listed by the State Council as one of the four cities (the other three being Beijing, Hangzhou and Guilin) where the protection of historical and cultural heritage as well as natural scenery should be treated as a prior project. Read More...