- Location: In the lower reach of the Yangtze River, in Jiangsu Province, China.
- Time to Visit: During spring and autumn.
- Preferred Timings: During the daytime.
- How to Reach: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
Air: The nearest airport is Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport (JZH), located in Songpan, 88 km away from Jiuzhaigou and 54 km away from Huanglong. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Sichuan Airlines flights are available from Chengdu.
Bus: Bus services are available from various destinations like Chengdu (10 hours), Songpan (2 hours) etc.
- Nearest International Airport: Suzhou
Suzhou — an Introduction
If you are the one who gets attracted to the beauty of the flowers and plants, if you are the one who gets attracted to waterside architecture and if you are the one who gets attracted to the free flowing canals, then you must come at Suzhou, a wonderful city in Jiangsu province in China. A city of gardens and canals, Suzhou is often called both the Venice and the Paris of the East. One of the oldest cities in China, Suzhou has successfully managed to retain much of its traditional Chinese look and essence and also a birthplace of Wu culture. One of the top 24 historical and cultural cities in China, the classic gardens of Suzhou has also earned a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Suzhou is known to the whole world for its wonderful gardens, canals, beautiful stone bridges and pagodas. They say, the gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and the gardens of Suzhou are the best among them. There are more than 60 gardens in Suzhou that have been the most popular attractions of this city of China. But not the number of gardens, it’s rather their charming beauty that has earned the fame for the city. Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, the Garden of Master of Nets are certainly some of the notable ones. Besides these classical gardens, Suzhou also has some exquisite water townships including Zhouzhuang, and Mudu, Tongli Town that one must not miss visiting. You will also find some well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings while visiting those towns. To add with these, the natural sights and human landscape available there are just add more color to your visit.
Being a birthplace of Wu culture, Suzhou also provides tourists to experience some of the finest examples of Wu culture. You can visit the Wumen Fine Arts School. It would also be good to pay a visit to Kun Opera and Suzhou Opera. Visiting the museum of Suzhou folk-costume will also be a good idea.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden: One of the most popular gardens of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden was built in sixteen years. Tours to the garden start in every 5-10 minutes which include Chinese marriage and a boat ride through the canals of the garden.
The Garden of the Master of the Nets: It is one of the most beautiful and also one of the smallest in Suzhou. Traditional performing arts are also organized here on certain evenings.
The Lingering Garden: One of the most important classical gardens of Suzhou. It is also one of the largest one in the city.
The Lion Grove Garden: Known for its incredible collection of pitted, eroded rocks.
Besides these, there are also some Small Classical Gardens like YiPu Garden, Tarrying Garden, the Garden of Pleasure, the Couple’s Garden Retreat etc.
It is also recommended to go for some walking along the paths of the city. Walk down Shantang Street, a traditional Chinese old street, or climb up the North Pagoda for a wonderful panoramic view. You should also visit the Silk Museum, the Silk Embroidery Research Institute, Kunqu Opere School and Pin Tan Museum. And don’t forget to take a boat ride through the canals of the city.
How to Reach
Air: There is no airport at Suzhou. The nearest airport is Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), located at Shanghai, about 86 km away from Suzhou. Shuttle bus services are available from Shanghai to Suzhou from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It takes 1 hour 40 minutes to reach Suzhou from Shanghai. Train: One can also reach Suzhou from different parts of the country by trains. You can catch Myriad trains from Shanghai for Suzhou. You can also reach Suzhou from Nanjing by high speed CRH trains. Train services are also available from Hangzhou.
Bus: Bus services are available to Suzhou from Shanghai, and Hangzhou.
Boat: You can also reach Suzhou from Hangzhou by an overnight ferry on the Grand Canal. The ferry leaves Hangzhou 05.30 p.m. to reach Suzhou around 7 o’clock in the next morning.