In 1997, the Classic Gardens of Suzhou were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Suzhou, dotted with dozens of classical gardens evoking landscapes of rocks, mountains and rivers, is a perfect getaway for Shanghai day-trippers during this beautiful season. Suzhou is only an hour’s drive from Shanghai, or a 30-minute express train ride.
The small city in Jiangsu Province, known as the city of gardens, has carved out its kingdom in China’s tourism map. Since ancient times, it has been called “paradise on earth” for its gardens, water and architecture.
- Humble Administrator’s Garden
- Pingjiang Road
- Grand Canal
- Panmen Scenic Area
- Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
- Lingering Garden
- Suzhou Museum
Moreover, Suzhou is the best gateway to water towns. You could visit Tongli Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Mudu Water Town…
- Tongli Water Town – a smaller canal town with a many slightly crumbling old buildings;
- Zhouzhuang Water Town – a relatively new town at only 900 years old
- Mudu Water Town – Slightly shabby town with many lanes flanked by crumbling traditional homes to explore
The following Suzhou tours will take you to the exquisite water towns.
Would you like to explore the Jiangnan triangle in one go? The following East China Nature Tour takes you to Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan to see all the urban and natural sights.
>> 9 Days East China Nature Tour (Shanghai / Tongli / Suzhou / Hangzhou / Huanshan / Shanghai)