Garden to Linger In
Sūzhōu Silk Museum
Sūzhōu was renowned for silk production and weaving, and the Sūzhōu Silk Museum houses a number of fascinating exhibitions that detail...
North Temple Pagoda
The tallest pagoda south of the Yangzi, at nine storeys North Temple Pagoda dominates the northern end of Renmin Lu. Climb it for...
Temple of Mystery
The Taoist Temple of Mystery stands in what was once Sūzhōu’s old bazaar, a rowdy entertainment district with travelling showmen,...
Across the way from Zhūhóngxìng Miànguǎn, this place has been around since the Ming dynasty, with a menu featuring over 300 items and an...
Lonely Planet review
One of the largest gardens in Sūzhōu, this 3-hectare garden was originally built in the Ming dynasty by a doctor as a relaxing place for his recovering patients. It’s easy to see why the patients took to the place: the winding corridors are inlaid with calligraphy from celebrated masters, their windows and doorways opening onto unusually shaped rockeries, ponds and dense clusters of bamboo. Stone tablets hang from the walls, inscribed by patients recording their impressions of the place. The teahouse is a fantastic place to recover from crowd overload. Order a cup of lóngjǐng (龙井; dragon well tea; ¥15) and relax.
The garden is about 3km west of the city centre and can be reached on tourist bus Y1 from the train station or Renmin Lu.