Suzhou

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Suzhou showing a pond and a bridge

Dotted with gardens, crisscrossed by canals and studded with pagoda-style temples, this ancient Chinese city is a relaxing place to discover by bicycle, boat or on foot.

The ancient city of Suzhou is often referred to as the “Venice of the Orient” because of the canals and lakes that weave between its city streets. Suzhou is just over 100 kilometres (63 miles) from Shanghai but the culture and customs of the former Wu capital differ greatly from China’s most populatedcity. Suzhou dates back to the 6th century B.C. and traditional ways of life still resonate in the streets of this rapidly modernising city. Spend a few days exploring Suzhou’s gardens, courtyards and buildings which provide evocative glimpses back through the city’s 2,500-year history.

The star attractions of Suzhou are its splendid gardens, of which more than 60 can be found scattered throughout the city. Take a boat ride through the canals of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the city’s largest garden. Marvel at the intricately carved tree roots and extensive bonsai collection. Explore the design of the Lingering Garden, with lake and mountain scenes. Lose yourself amid the twists and turns of the Lion Forest Garden and on hot days cool off under the forest canopy of the Surging Wave (Canglang) Pavilion. These gardens are among Suzhou’s Classical Gardens, which are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Crisscrossed with charming canal streets and bridges, compact Suzhou is the perfect walking or cycling city. Stroll across 1,000-year-old paving stones on scenic Ping Jiang Road, pausing to admire ancient shophouses and Western-style coffee shops. Shop for souvenirs along Shan Tang Street then explore the quite neighbourhoods beyond. The city is also studded with pagoda-style temples, such as the Cold Mountain Temple, Huqiu Tower and the joss smoke-shrouded Temple of Mystery.

Getting around Suzhou is a breeze thanks to a network of pedicabs and easy-to-follow walking paths. Take a ride along the canals aboard a historic boat to see the city from a different angle. Although Suzhou doesn’t have its own airport, nearby Shanghai and Wuxi are less than an hour away by shuttle bus or high speed train.

Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
4.5 out of 5
229 West Suzhou Ave, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$152 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Gate to the East, Jinji Lake and Suzhou Pingtan Museum. Pingjiang Street ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (139 reviews)
Reasonable accommodation.
"The hotel is nice. It seemed like a standard business hotel."

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2019

Renaissance Suzhou Hotel
W Suzhou
W Suzhou
5 out of 5
Building 7 Suzhou Center, corner of Xinggang Avenue and Suhui Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$265 per night from 7 Nov. to 7 Nov.
Located in Park Huxi, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Suzhou Center and Jinji Lake. Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and Suzhou International Expo ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (69 reviews)
Best breakfast
"Feels like family when arriving here. The service is fantastic, location is perfect, views are to die for and the breakfast and brunch are delicious!"

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

W Suzhou
Shangri-La Suzhou
Shangri-La Suzhou
5 out of 5
168 Ta Yuan Road, Suzhou New District, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$170 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
This family-friendly Suzhou hotel is located in the business district, 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lingering Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Suzhou University and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (129 reviews)
Lovely vacay
"Overall nice stay. Only but far away from City. But our family has fun. Thank you to all the staff."

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2019

Shangri-La Suzhou
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Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$93 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Park Huxi, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gate to the East and In City Shopping Mall. Suzhou Center and Jinji Lake are also within 2 miles ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (146 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Baitang Suzhou
4 out of 5
No 266 Suzhou East Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$150 per night from 5 Nov. to 5 Nov.
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Yuanrong Times Square and Ferris Wheel Paradise. Suzhou International Expo Center ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"Breakfast was just OK and not the best value, but excellent apart from that."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

Somerset Baitang Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No 436 Changjiang Road Suzhou New Distri, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is AU$99 per night from 5 Nov. to 5 Nov.
Located in Huqiu District, this luxury aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hanshan Temple, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shantang Street and Humble Administrator's ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (138 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"Good and comfortable. Will stay again"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2019

Somerset Emerald City Suzhou
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