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Introduction

Suzhou is one of southeastern China's captivating cities, described by many as 'Heaven on Earth'. Visitors often marvel at the picturesque scenery throughout the city - a blend of rivers, bridges, houses, and gardens. Suzhou Gardens, the cream of the ancient classical gardens, can be called the soul of the city, as it adds vibrant colors and hints of the city's ancient culture to the city.

Suzhou, Jiangsu


Suzhou is situated in the southeastern portion of the Jiangsu Province, bordering Shanghai in the east and Zhejiang Province in the south. North of Suzhou is the great Yangtze River and Taihu Lake, the third largest fresh water lake in China, lies to its west. The world's longest canal, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, runs serenely across the city. It has a mild but moist climate, making it known as 'A Land of Fish and Rice'.


Suzhou has been deemed one of the 24 historical and cultural cities in China. The city boasts a history of over 2,500 years, having many distinct cultural eras throughout the dynasties. Throughout its history, Suzhou has cultivated many well-known painters, calligraphers, and poets, many of whom received the top three places in the ancient national imperial examinations. Other popular art forms also have roots in the city, such as the Kunqu Opera (known as the 'Mother of Chinese Operas'), Suzhou Opera, and Pingtan (a kind of traditional narrative where the storyteller sings and plays a traditional instrument). These are called the 'Three Flowers' of Suzhou's culture and have been passed down for hundreds of years. The arts and crafts are also as abundant as they are excellent. Embroidery from Suzhou is considered to be among the best in China. Taohuawu woodcut drawings, sculptures, Song Brocades, and the gems are also worth collection.

 Recommended China Tour with Suzhou
5 Days China Tour: Shanghai -  Suzhou - Zhouzhuang  - Shanghai



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