Blue Wave Pavilion
Originally the home of a prince, the oldest garden in Sūzhōu was first built in the 11th century, and has been repeatedly rebuilt since....
A haven of solitude and an oasis of peace in a busy town, the Confucian Temple is adorned with several ancient (one is 830 years old)...
Garden of the Master of the Nets
Off Shiquan Jie, this pocket-sized garden is considered one of Sūzhōu's best preserved. Laid out in the 12th century, it went to seed...
Píngtán enthusiasts get together here to keep the traditions alive. The music usually starts between 8pm and 10pm. Order some tea (the...
The rather gaudy Uighur kitsch atmosphere is entertaining and the Xīnjiāng staples – lamb kebabs (¥2.50) and nang bread (flat bread;...
77 Gunxiu Fang; 滚绣坊77号 · interesting places nearby
Běijīng’s excellent Bookworm wormed its way down to Sūzhōu, serving as a kind of comfy cultural hub, library, bookshop and cafe. The food is crowd-pleasing (lots of Western options) and the cold beers include Tsingtao and Erdinger. There's readings, live music, an open mic and you can borrow or buy books. Ask about its literary festival, held in March.