Mountain in Mudu

Lingyan Mountain

A one-kilometre walk north of the old town, Lingyan Mountain, the ‘Cliff of the Spirits’, was once the site of a palace where Emperor Qianlong stayed during his inspection tours of the Yangzi River valley. The...

Historic Building in Mudu

Hongyin Mountain Villa

Perhaps the most interesting place in Mudu is this villa, with its elaborate opera stage, exhibits and even an imperial pier where Emperor Qianlong docked his boat. The stage in the centre hall is impressive;...

Historic Building in Mudu

Yan Family Garden

This beautiful complex in the northwest corner of the village is the highlight of the town, dating to the Ming dynasty. It was once the home of a former magistrate. The garden, with its rockeries and a meandering...

Historic Building in Mudu

Bangyan Mansion

With a rich collection of antique furniture and intricate carvings of stone, wood and brick (it often serves as a movie set), this dignified complex was the home of the 19th-century writer and politician Feng...

Historic Building in Mudu

Ancient Pine Garden

In the middle of Shantang Jie, this attractive courtyard complex is known for its intricately carved beams. Look out for wooden impressions of officials, hats, phoenixes, flowers and other designs.

Village in Mudu

Mudu Old Town

The old town of Mudu is principally hemmed in by the canal and Xiangxi Xilu. It's a small area to explore, and you only need half a day to do it justice.

Buddhist Temple in Mudu

Mingyue Temple

This large and attractive temple originally dates to the 10th century, but has been largely reconstructed (since last being mostly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution) and received a facelift in 2019. The...

Mountain in Mudu

Tiānpíng Mountain

A low, forested hill about 13km west of Sūzhōu and famous for its medicinal spring waters, Tiānpíng Mountain is a wonderful place for hiking or just meandering along one of its many wooded trails. Tourist bus Y4...