Top things to do in Jiāngsū

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 quiet 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 (sometimes sign…
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 Cafe in Nánjīng

Element Fresh

Ever-trendy Element Fresh gives the iffy Nánjīng cafe culture a good kick in the pants. The setting is smooth, the ambient tunes funky, the lines clean, the wholesome menu a delight and candles come on at night. Bal…
Top Choice Bar in Sūzhōu

Birdland

Named after a Patti Smith song, Birdland is one of the first bars in Sūzhōu to offer craft beer on tap. There is an ever-changing selection of 12 well-kept, local brews, including some by Master Gao, one of the lead…
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 Noodles in Nánjīng

Xiānmǎn Táng Shíguō Mǐxiàn

If you've only ¥16 to your name and you're half-starved, hand your cash over to the staff. For ¥16 to ¥18 you can get a vast steaming bowl of rice noodles with copious amounts of chicken, beef, pork or fish thrown i…
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…