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Suzhou

As a Chinese saying goes like, “In heaven there is paradise, on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Suzhou was one of most beautiful cities in China. It is characterized by whitewashed houses, three-lined canals and sumptuous gardens. Suzhou is also famous for its classic Chinese gardens. The gardens contains rocks, trees and flowers, lakes and buildings. It is necessary to spend your days to explore the gardens and other must-see attractions during your Suzhou travel.

Things To Do

1. Ride a Boat on the Grand Canal

Grand Canal (also called the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal) is the longest canal with the total length 1,776 km. It passes through Tianjin and Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang province to Hangzhou, connecting Yellow River with Yangtze River. In Suzhou, you can head over to Pingjiang Road where you can find a 45-minute man-powered ride through narrow canals for 130RMB/boat. The Grand Canal or Shangtang Street carries wider waterways for Chinese gondolas to sail through.

2. Drink Tea in Suzhou Teahouses

After days of sightseeing, you should consider to visit Pin Von Teahouse on Pingjiang Road, a quaint street with classical architecture. This teahouses serve a selection of Suzhou-style dim sum and a wide variety of tea. Suzhou’s Green Spiral tea is China’s No. 2 imperial tea so you can try it.

3. To Watch Opera Shows

Suzhou is the hometown of the Pingtan opera which is a unique opera style sung in Suzhou dialect. Pingtan is famous for its story-telling about historical romance and epic heroes, joke cracking, music playing and aria singing.

Kunqu Opera is another famous and oldest Chinese opera which is said to have originated in the 14th century in Suzhou’s Kunshan area. You can head to Fu Xi Qin Guan or Pingtan Teahouse for a traditional opera show plus drinking tea. If you want to learn more about Suzhou operas, you can go to Suzhou Opera Museum.

4. Appreciate Suzhou Classic Gardens

Classical gardens in Suzhou is very famous. During Ming and Qing dynasties, it is heyday of garden buildings and there were more than 200 private family gardens. Till now a dozen of them are still in good condition, including the top four classic gardens – the Fisherman’s Net Garden, Lion Grove, Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lingering Garden. You should not miss these gardens during your Suzhou travel.

Best Time to Visit

Although Suzhou is an all-year-round travel destination, the best time to visit there is from April to October because of pleasant weather and beautiful scenery during this period.

In spring (from March to May), Suzhou is decorated with beautiful flowers and green trees. The temperature is around 15°C and tourists can wear spring clothes but you can take a coat or sweater for sharp changes of temperature. Summer is hot and humid in Suzhou. Summer sometimes can push temperatures above 35 °C. Tourists can pay a visit to some indoor attractions like Suzhou Museum and classical gardens. Autumn is a comfortable season to visit Suzhou. It is neither cold nor hot. But during China National Day (October 1st), it is crowded in Suzhou so foreign tourists should avoid this 7-day off holiday. Winter is cold and damp but rarely snows. It is not the best time to visit this city. But Suzhou presents a completely different scene so some young tourists can consider this city for their winter holiday.

Suzhou Attractions

With the history of over 2500 years, Suzhou is one of oldest cities in Yangtze River Basin. With the completion of the Grand Canal in Sui Dynasty, Suzhou began to become prosperous as the center of shipping and grain storage, bustling with merchants and artisans. Thus many feature attractions like gardens, canals, and water towns are left behind. It is worth your enjoyable several days to wandering this beautiful city – Suzhou.

Lingering Garden
Lion’s Grove Garden
Net Master Garden
Pan Gate
Suzhou Museum
Tiger Hill

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Suzhou Culture

With history of 2,500 year old, Suzhou is very famous historical and cultural city. Its history can trace back to Spring and Autumn Period (722-481BC). In 514 B.C, King Fuchai of Wu (Wu, a state in ancient China) ordered Wu Zixu to built a city and name the city after the King – Helv city (now Suzhou).The city, lying against a mountain in the north and facing the Taihu in the south, had very good function of preventing the invasion of Chu and Yue states.In 589AD,the city began to name Suzhou and is still used now. It is very rare that Suzhou is still on its original site.

Culture

With history of 2,500 year old, Suzhou is very famous historical and cultural city. Its history can trace back to Spring and Autumn Period (722-481BC). In 514 B.C, King Fuchai of Wu (Wu, a state in ancient China) ordered Wu Zixu to built a city and name the city after the King – Helv city (now Suzhou).The city, lying against a mountain in the north and facing the Taihu in the south, had very good function of preventing the invasion of Chu and Yue states.In 589AD,the city began to name Suzhou and is still used now. It is very rare that Suzhou is still on its original site.

Suzhou Dialect

Suzhou dialect, also known as Suzhounese, is a branch of the Wu languages and considered as one of the most elegant languages of China.It uses literal and ancient words which are not commonly used in Mandarin. It is spoken in Suzhou city and surrounding area.

Suzhou Opera

Kunqu Opera was listed as the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001. It originated between late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty. During Qing Dynasty, Kunqu reached its heyday and was spread to the most big cities.The Kunqu Opera features: strong lyricism, exquisite actions, artfully and harmoniously combination of dancing and singing.

Suzhou Pingtan is very popular in Jiangsu and Zhejing provinces as well as Shanghai. With long history, Pingtan evolved from the storytelling art of Tang and Song dynasties, and the performers only spoke instead of song. It is performed solo, in duet or a trio. The small three-stinged plucked instrument or pipa accompany during the performance.

Suzhou Ballads

10 kinds of folk ballads can be found in Suzhou including Prologues, love songs, children ballads, ballads of ceremony, ballads of life, ballads of current politics,and so on. With long history, Wu songs are main part of Suzhou ballads and play an important role in the history Chinese literatu

Suzhou Food

The food in China features sour in the east, hot in the west, sweet in the south and salty in the north. Suzhou food belongs to sweet in the south. With development of thousands of years, there are 12 types of Suzhou food such as cooked food, cookies, candies, sweetmeats, snacks, etc.

Food

The food in China features sour in the east, hot in the west, sweet in the south and salty in the north. Suzhou food belongs to sweet in the south. With development of thousands of years, there are 12 types of Suzhou food such as cooked food, cookies, candies, sweetmeats, snacks, etc.

What to Eat

The Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish
The Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish is the representative dish of Suzhou food and is always listed as the top dish in the area of south bank of Yangtze River. It features in the color, flavor, taste and shape. The authentic Squirrel-shaped Mandarin Fish can be tasted in Songhelou Restaurant. The chef of the restaurant carved on the boneless carp, covered yolk paste on it and fried it, then scattered some sweet and sour sauce on it

Oiled Eel Paste

Eels can be found in rivers and channels in the area of south bank of Yangtze River. Eels feature tasty, aromatic flavor, appetizing. Oiled eel paste are enjoy great popularity in Suzhou area.

Xi Gua Ji (chicken placed in watermelon rind and steamed)

Xi Gua Ji

The watermelon using to make dish began in royal kitchen of Qing Dynasty. Xi Gua Ji was created by cooks of Kong Family Mansion. When cooking, some nutritious ingredients like campoys and Tricholoma are added. This is a course of dish with balance of fruit and meat.

Taihu Boat Dish

Taihu Boat Dishes, also called Wuxi Boat Dishes, first appeared in Tang Dynasty. 1000 years ago, government officials and rich businessman loved to hold a banquet on boats as they enjoyed scenery of Taihu Lake. Taihu Boat Dishes feature original flavor and taste and fish and prawn are from Taihu Lake. Now 13 boat restaurants stand on the fishing harbor.

Dazha Xie of Yangcheng Lake

Dazha Xie of Yangcheng Lake (a kind of crabs) is very famous in China and is reputed as the “king of crabs”. The best time to consume Dazha Xie is from September to November. So when you travel to Suzhou during this time, you should not miss this palatable dish.

Where to Eat

Suzhou Food Street

Shantang Street
Shangtang Street is located in the northwest of Gusu District, Suzhou. With the history of 1100 years, the street linked Changmen in the east with Tiger Hill in the west, about 7 li (1 li is equal to about 3.5 kilometers). You can find local famous snacks and some famous restaurants like Songhelou here.

Taijian Lane

Located in Guanqian Street, Taijian Lane, about 200 meters long, is a famous food street in Suzhou with more than 10 famous restaurants. According to historical records, two Taijian (eunuches) of Ming Dynasty, once lived here, hence the name. You can find the best food of Suzhou in Taijian Lane.

Phoenix Street

Phoenix Street borders Ganjiang Road in the north and runs to Shiquan Street in the south. Some famous historical spots such as Garden of the Master of Net stand on this street. Besides there are several dozens of restaurants which mainly serve Su-style dished. But other kinds of cuisines from the north, east and west also can be tasted here.

Zhenshanmei Food Garden

Zhenshanmei (Truth, Kindness and Beauty) Food Garden is located in the east part of the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Taking an area of 15000 square meters, some western restaurants and Taiwan restaurants can be found here. In Ding Tai Feng, you can have a taste of authentic Taipei small steamed buns. Emerald Restaurant provides Guangzhou cuisine. Teahouses, bars, cafés will be the best places for you to relax.

Suzhou Restaurants

De Yue Lou
Description: The multi-leveled restaurant is famous for Suzhou boat dishes, with a menu featuring over 300 items and an emphasis on freshwater fish from nearby Taihu Lake.
Phone: 86 512 6523 8940
Address: De Yue Lou, 27 Taijian Nong, near Guanqian Jie
Opening Time: 11a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Song He Lou
Description: With the history of more 200 years, Song He Lou is known as one of the oldest restaurants in China. The feature dish of Song He Lou is squirrel-shaped mandarin.
Phone: 86 512 6524 4921
Address:Song He Lou, 72 Taijian Nong, near Guanqian Jie
Opening Time: 11a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Pingvon
Description: A cute little teahouse serve excellent dumplings and delicate little morsel in basket and on small plate.
Address: Ping Fang, 94 Pingjiang Lu

Yangyang Dumplings
Description: It mainly serve the pan-fried dumplings. Dumplings average rmb 1 each. These pan-fried dumplings are crunchy on the outside but doughy inside.
Phone: 86 512 6519 2728
Address: 420 Shiquan Jie, near Nan Shipi Nong
Opening Time: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Lu Gao Jian
Description: Founded in 1663 (Qing Dynasty), Lu Gao Jian is a take-out restaurant with such specialties as honey sauce duck and braised pork head with soy sauce.
Address: 8 Guanqian Jie, near Bifeng Fang
Opening Time: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Huang Tian Yuan
Description: With more than 320 varieties, the historical snack shop provides baking pastries according to seasons. It also sells noodles and wontons.
Phone: 86 512 6728 6933
Address: 86 Guanqian Street, near Dongjiao Men
Opening Time: 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Suzhou Shopping

With history of over 2,500 years, Suzhou has a large abundance of local products to offer tourists. Suzhou-style embroidery, calligraphy, paintings, silk, fans, writing brushes and fans are for sale nearly everywhere in Suzhou. You can choose to purchase some feature local products as souvenirs. The following will give information on what to buy and where to buy during your Suzhou travel.

Shopping

With history of over 2,500 years, Suzhou has a large abundance of local products to offer tourists. Suzhou-style embroidery, calligraphy, paintings, silk, fans, writing brushes and fans are for sale nearly everywhere in Suzhou. You can choose to purchase some feature local products as souvenirs. The following will give information on what to buy and where to buy during your Suzhou travel.

What to Buy in Suzhou

Su Embroidery

As one of “China’s four great embroideries” together with Xiang Embroidery, Shu Embroidery, Yue Embroidery, Su embroidery can date from Spring and Autumn Period (more than 2600 years ago).

Su embroidery mainly depicts such themes as people, landscapes, flowers and birds and animals. After establishment of the People’s Republic of China, artists of Su Embroidery successfully created bifacial embroidery. Su Embroidery Museum is the best place to appreciate the art of Su Embroidery.

Song Brocade

Brocade is a kind of high-grade silk. Song brocade together with Yun brocade in Nanjing and Shu brocade in Sichuan is very famous and the best in China. As its name implies, Song brocade began to appear in Song Dynasty. Song brocade features exquisite patterns and elegant tints. If you are interested in silk culture and history, you can pay a visit to Suzhou Silk Museum where houses a number of fascinating exhibitions of silks.

Biluochun Tea

Biluochun, one of top ten China’s teas, belongs to the category of green tea. According to historical records, Biluochun Tea was very famous during Sui and Tang dynasties. The tea is characterized by smooth shape, fragrant aroma, mellow taste and fresh color. If you are a tea-lover, you can consider to buy it during Suzhou travel.

Taohuawu Woodcut New Year’s Pictures

With history of more than 350 years, Tiaohuawu Woodcut New Year’s Pictures can be dated back to the late Ming Dynasty and reached its heyday during Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns of Qing Dynasty. It, together with Yangliuqing Woodcut New Year Picture in Tianjing and Weifang Woodcut New Year Picture, is regarded as one of three great woodcut New Year Picture in China.The composition of picture is plump, bright and decorative with such themes as folktales, festivals, figures of Gods and drama which all expresses people’s good with through techniques of symbols, metaphors and exaggeration.

Suzhou Fan

Suzhou Fan includes folding fans, sandalwood fans, silk palace fans and paper fans. With long history, Suzhou fans are famous for its exquisite shapes and workmanship. Suzhou folding fans, pieces of art, are always painted with mountains and rivers, flowers and birds, human figures, calligraphies. Bamboo, wood, ivory and sandalwood are essential materials for making folding fan frames. Palace fans were used only by aristocratic ladies in Han Dynasty and became popular in Tang Dynasty. Taking the shape of round, hexagon, rectangle, silk palace fans looks fine and pleasant with silk as its face and pictures drawing on.

Where to Buy

Shopping Streets

Pingjiang Road
Located at north east Suzhou old city and running alongside a canal, Pingjiang Road is a small pedestrian street with white-washed local houses and trendy cafes on both sides. The layout of this ancient alley is basically similar to structure of double chessboard of “Pingjiang Picture” 800 years ago.

It is a best place to spend your nightlife. For example, you can choose a teahouse to watch opera shows or ride a boat down the canal.

Guanqian Street

Built in Qing Dynasty, Guanqian Street is a large commercial strip and houses many traditional or modern shops. It is the earliest pedestrian street in China. The area of Guanqian Street houses shopping malls, teahouses, restaurants, theaters, hotels for tourists to relax.

Shiquan Street

In Song Dynasty, there were ten wells on the street, so the street got its name “Shi Quan” (ten springs). Here you can easily find the historical marks in celebrities’ residences, on 14 quaint bridges and traditional buildings. Stretching about 2,000 meters, the street houses boutiques, bars, pubs, restaurants and souvenirs shops.

Shopping Malls, Department and Supermarkets

Pishijie Flower & Bird Market
Address: 172 Pishi Jie, Suzhou
Telephone: 0512-67279047
Opening Time: All Day

Rainbow Mall
Address: 368 Suya Road
Telephone: 82769268

Harmony City
Address: 269 Wangdun Road
Telephone: 6296-9066/6296-9166
Opening Time: 9am-10pm

Xinghai Square

Address: 119 Xinghai Jie
Opening Time: 9am-11pm

Suzhou Pearl Market
Address: Weitang, Xiangcheng District
Telephone: 6540 1281

Matro Shopping Mall – Guan Qian
Address: 245 Guanqian Street
Telephone: 800 8282090
Opening Time: Sun-Thu: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-10.30pm

Matro Shopping Mall – Xin Qu
Address: No. 211 Changjiang Road, High-tech Zone
Telephone: 0512-67378888
Opening Time: Sun-Thu: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-10.30pm

The Emerald City
Address: No. 436, Changjiang Road, Suzhou New District,
Opening Time:10:00am-09:30pm

U-Town Digital Plaza
Address: 456 West Ganjiang Rd., Canglang District
Opening Time: 9am-6pm

Sunshine Department Store
Address: No.199 ShiShan Road,SND
Telephone: 0512-68188111

Link City
Address: Xihualin Street, No. 88,
Telephone: 400-8840-100 Opening Time: 10am-10pm

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