Top ChoiceStreet in Suzhou

Pingjiang Lu

On the eastern side of the city, this canalside road has whitewashed local houses sitting comfortably side by side with teahouses and trendy cafes selling overpriced beverages. Duck down some of the side streets...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Suzhou

Pan Gate Scenic Area

This quiet part of Suzhou is lovely, with a section of the city wall straddling the outer moat in the southwest corner of the city. Dating from 1355, the gate backs onto a delightful scenic area, dotted with old...

Top ChoicePark in Suzhou

Tiger Hill

In the far northwest of town, Tiger Hill is a major drawcard for Chinese tourists, and the beacon that draws them is the leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda (云岩塔, Yúnyán Tǎ) atop the hill. The octagonal seven-storey pagoda...

Top ChoiceGardens in Suzhou

Garden of the Master of the Nets

Off Shiquan Jie, this pocket-sized garden is considered one of Suzhou'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...

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Suzhou Museum

This stunning museum, one of only two in mainland China designed by IM Pei, is a modern interpretation of Suzhou architecture, with its confluence of water, courtyards and a distinctive grey-and-white motif....

Top ChoiceGardens in Suzhou

Humble Administrator’s Garden

The largest of Suzhou's gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is often considered to be the most impressive, but its fame draws in constant crowds, which are part of the experience. First built in 1509, this...

Gardens in Suzhou

Garden of Cultivation

This small but perfectly formed garden is often overlooked by visitors who are drawn to Suzhou's larger and more famous gardens. Its simple layout makes use of rockeries, water features and covered corridors,...

Street in Suzhou

Shantang Jie

This picturesque canalside street has been in use for more than a thousand years, having been built in the Tang dynasty (around 825–826) to transport Suzhou’s upper classes to Tiger Hill for leisurely outings....

Gardens in Suzhou

Blue Wave Pavilion

Originally the home of a prince, the oldest garden in Suzhou was first built in the 11th century, and has been repeatedly rebuilt since. Instead of attracting hordes of tourists, the wild, overgrown garden around...

Museum in Suzhou

Suzhou No 1 Silk Factory

This museum and working silk factory was established as a state-owned silk factory in 1926. The highlight of the museum is seeing its massive, 80-year-old silk-spinning machines in action, weaving together...

Historic Building in Suzhou

Soochow University

Before the communists took over, this college was China's oldest private university, founded by missionaries of the Methodist church in 1900. The university is still in operation and its beautiful old campus is...

Taoist Temple in Suzhou

Temple of Mystery

Lashed by electronic music from the shops alongside, the Taoist Temple of Mystery stands in what was once Suzhou’s old bazaar, a rowdy entertainment district with travelling performers, acrobats and actors. The...

Confucian Temple in Suzhou

Confucian Temple

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) gingkos and rows of potted bonsai trees, plus a statue of the temperate sage....

Gardens in Suzhou

Garden to Linger In

One of the largest gardens in Suzhou, this 3-hectare plot 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 it: the...

Museum in Suzhou

Suzhou Arts and Crafts Museum

Housed in a historic building, this small museum boasts an impressive range of modern handicrafts created by skilled Suzhou artists. Its nearly 1000-piece collection showcases local talent in embroidery, wood and...

Buddhist Temple in Suzhou

Bao'en Temple

The oldest Buddhist temple in Suzhou, Bao'en Temple dates back 1700 years and its current reincarnation goes back to the 17th century. The temple's star attraction is 76m-tall North Temple Pagoda (北寺塔, Běisì Tǎ),...

Museum in Suzhou

Suzhou Art Museum

A dazzling use of daylight and design merges in this new museum, hung with contemporary landscapes, calligraphy and modern art that stands out boldly from a seemingly infinite white space. In a nod to the local...

Buddhist Pagoda in Suzhou

Twin Pagodas

Beautifully enhanced by flowering magnolias in spring, this delightful courtyard and former temple contains a pair of sublime pagodas, which don't often come in twos. It's one of the more relaxing, peaceful and...

Museum in Suzhou

Suzhou Silk Museum

The Suzhou Silk Museum houses fascinating exhibitions detailing the history of Suzhou’s 4000-year-old silk industry. Exhibits include a section on silk-weaving techniques and silk fashion through the dynasties,...

Gardens in Suzhou

Garden of Harmony

One of the lesser-visited gardens around Suzhou is the charmingly small Qing-dynasty Garden of Harmony, which has assimilated many features of older gardens and delicately blended them into a style of its own.