Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nánjīng

Línggǔ Temple Scenic Area

This expansive temple complex contains one of the most historic buildings in Nánjīng – the Beamless Hall (无梁殿; Wúliáng Diàn), built in 1381 entirely out of brick and stone and containing no beam supports. Buildings …
Top Choice Memorial in Nánjīng

Sun Yatsen Mausoleum

An astonishing sight at the top of an enormous stone stairway (a breathless 392 steps), Sun Yatsen's tomb is a mandatory stop for Chinese visitors. Reverentially referred to as guófù (国父; Father of the Nation), Dr S…
Top Choice Landmark in Sūzhōu

Pán Gate Scenic Area

This far quieter part of Sūzhōu is lovely, with a section of the city wall straddling the outer moat in the southwest corner of the city. You can find Sūzhōu’s only remaining original coiled gate, Pán Gate, dating f…
Top Choice Museum in Nánjīng

Nánjīng Museum

This fabulous museum had a massive and lavish expansion in 2013 with a brand new, dramatically modern exhibition block added next to its traditional, temple-style hall. All sleekly designed with lashings of marble a…
Top Choice Street in Sūzhōu

Pingjiang Lu

While most of the town canals have been sealed and paved into roads, the pedestrianised Pingjiang Lu offers clues to the Sūzhōu of yesteryear. On the eastern side of the city, this canalside road has whitewashed loc…
Top Choice Gardens in Nánjīng

Zhān Garden

If you don't have time to get to Sūzhōu, visit this delightful traditional Chinese garden at the heart of town. The Taiping History Museum belongs to the garden, but it's the garden itself that's the real draw. With…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nánjīng

Qīxiá Temple

This sacred site on Qīxiá Mountain (栖霞山; Qīxiá Shān), 22km northeast of Nánjīng, was founded by the Buddhist monk Ming Sengshao during the Southern Qi dynasty, and remains an active place of worship. Long one of Chi…
Top Choice Tomb in Nánjīng

Míng Xiàolíng Tomb

Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–1398), the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty (also known as the Hongwu Emperor), was buried in the tomb of Míng Xiàolíng; he was the only Ming emperor buried outside Běijīng. The area surround…
Top Choice Museum in Tónglǐ

Chinese Sex Culture Museum

This private museum is quietly housed in a historic but disused girls’ school campus with an attractive garden and courtyard. Despite occasionally didactic and inaccurate pronouncements, it's fascinating, and ranges…
Top Choice Gardens in Sūzhōu

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 and was later restored in the 18th century as part of the home of a retired offic…