Suzhou

About Suzhou Travel

Introduction:Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze ..

Districts: Nanjing Changshu Changzhou Huaian Jiangdu Jiangyin Kunshan Lianyungang Liyang Nantong Qidong Suqian Suzhou Taicang Taizhou Tongli Wujiang Wuxi Xuzhou Yancheng

Attractions: Chunzailou Huanxiu Mountain Villa Zijin Convent The Humble Administrator's Garden Suzhou Amusement Park Canglang Pavilion Sanshan Island Stone Lake Suzhou New Museum Liuyuan Garden

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Suzhou Introduction

Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta, in the south of Jiangsu Province, with Shanghai to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is praised as the 'Oriental Venice'. Taihu Lake, four fifths of which is in the territory of Suzhou, is o­ne of the four largest fresh lakes in China, with East Hill, West Hill and other scenic spots in its vicinity. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Together with its mild climate, making it an available destination all year round, fertile landscape and abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called 'paradise o­n earth'.
Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with a 2500 years' history. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained in present-day Suzhou. The double-chessboard layout of Suzhou, with 'the streets and rivers go side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel', are preserved basically intact. Strolling the streets, you can feel the unique lingering charm of this landscape left by its long history.
As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not o­nly for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in Suzhou, and a series of them have been listed in the World Heritage List, including the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Garden of Master of Nets and the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty.
Rating alongside these classical gardens are the exquisite water townships in Suzhou. Zhouzhuang, Mudu, Tongli Town and so o­n should not be missed by any visitor. In any water township of Suzhou, a number of Ming and Qing dynasty preserved buildings can be found. The natural sights and human landscape enhance each other's beauty, which is a great attraction to visitors who linger there.
Being the cradle of Wu Culture, Suzhou plays a vital role in Chinese cultural history. Many great names and schools of art arose here. For example, the Wumen Fine Arts School is the finest in the history of Suzhou, represented by Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, Tang Yin and Qiu Ying, whose poems, calligraphy and paintings are considered to be historical artifacts. Pingtan, Kun Opera and Suzhou Opera are praised as 'three flowers' in the cultural history of Suzhou. Furthermore, embroidery, fans and brocade produced in Suzhou are noted world wide. If you want to explore more o­n their history visit the museum of Suzhou folk-costume for a complete description.
As o­ne of the famous tourist cities in China, Suzhou has made a great improvement to its basic facilities and tourist functions. Suzhou is accessible by plane, train and bus. Star-rated hotels with good services and reasonable guesthouses and hostels provide a range of lodging. Of course, tasting local delicacies should not be forgotten in your journey. Authentic Suzhou cuisines and snacks can be found in Guan Qian Street, where delicious food and friendly service are memorable. When night falls, Suzhou City is quiet and peaceful. You can enjoy it while sipping a cup of tea in any teahouse.

Suzhou Traffic

By Air
Despite being an important tourist destination, Suzhou does not have its own international airport at present. It is best to use the airports of nearby Shanghai. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Pudong International Airport (PVG) are used frequently by domestic and international visitors.
Hongqiao Airport (SHA) is 86 kilometers (about 53 miles) away from Suzhou. Every day shuttle buses run between SHA and Suzhou. The whole journey takes about o­ne hour and forty minutes.
By Train
Almost all the trains running o­n the Hu-Ning (Shanghai-Nanjing) Railway stop at the Suzhou Railway Station. Suzhou is the terminus and starting station for five trains to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Ganzhou (Jiangxi Province) everyday. The rest of the trains are bound for Shanghai from Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Qingdao, Xining and Nanjing, etc., but stop in Suzhou. Usually, at least two trains to Shanghai stop in Suzhou each hour. The trains which go direct to Suzhou from Shanghai depart Shanghai at 6:30 and 16:41 everyday. The return trains depart at 7:13 and 17:09.
By Sea
China's Grand Canal, which reaches north to Tong County in Beijing as well as south to Jiaxing City and Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province, passes by Suzhou and has been an important means of water transportation for a long time. At present, the water route from Suzhou to Hangzhou is open. Everyday, four luxury passenger ships travel between Suzhou and Hangzhou, two in each direction. Departure time is 17:30. The journey takes about fourteen hours. You must board the ship half an hour before it leaves.
By Long-distance Bus
Suzhou is known as the 'Southeast Gate' to Shanghai and Zhejiang Province because of its well-developed highway network. Three long-distance bus stations are in use in Suzhou nowadays. The Suzhou North Bus Station has the most bus routes to Anhui, Hubei, Fujian, Shandong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces. Buses also depart for Shanghai from the North Bus Station o­nce every twenty minutes. The ticket fare varies from 26 Yuan to 30 Yuan
By public bus
Like other tourist cities in China, Suzhou has a convenient public transport system. Most of the buses running in the city o­nly take exact change so make sure you have some small coins before getting o­n. The price of regular buses is 1Yuan per person. Air-conditioned buses cost 2 Yuan per person. Buses running from the city to the suburbs vary in price. Check the sign o­n the front of the bus to see the fare.
By Taxi
You can easily hail metered taxis in Suzhou. During the day, the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles) is CNY 10 and then CNY 1.8 for every succeeding kilometer (about 0.6 mile) after three kilometers. After five kilometers (about 2.7 miles), 50% of the price is added to the passenger fee. Each five-minute or more waiting time is added as o­ne extra kilometer to the passenger fee. Late at night (after 23:00), the price is CNY13 for the first three kilometers and CNY12 for each additional kilometer.
By Rickshaw
Suzhou is the classic Chinese water town and many points of interest are located o­n narrow streets and alleyways where it is difficult for a bus or a taxi to pass through. Don't worry. The rickshaws in Suzhou will make your journey more convenient. The starting price of a rickshaw is CNY2 per person and then CNY4 for every additional kilometer. If you want to hire a rickshaw, the price is CNY5 per person for an hour.
By Bicycle
The bicycle is the most popular vehicle in China. If you want to enjoy more of the water town by yourself, why not rent a bicycle. Most of the stores that rent bicycles for visitors are located east of Suzhou Railway Station. Generally, the price is CNY2 for four hours, CNY3 for five to six hours, and CNY5 for the whole day.

Suzhou Festivals

Nanjing Culture and Art Festival: September 25 - October 5
Nanjing Jinling Lantern Festival: o­n the Spring Festival in every year
Wuxi Taihu Lake Arts Festival: lunar April
Wuxi Taihu Lake Mid-Autumn festival: lunar August 14 - August 15
Suzhou Silk Tourism Festival: in September of Every year
Suzhou Yushan Chongyang climb Festival: lunar September 9

Yangzhou Qintong Huichuang Festival: Qingming Festival
Changzhou Chrysanthemum Festival: November 1 - November 5
Liyang suyang tea festival: April 18
Nantong International Kite Festival: September or October
Nantong folk art festival: in  October every two years

Suzhou Service Telephones

Train Inquiries TEL: 0512-67532831
Flight Inquiry: 0512-65104881
Quality Supervision and complaints: 0512-65194315
Tourism complaints TEL: 0512-65223377
Bus complaints TEL: 0512-65252755
Consumer complaints Tel: 0512-12315

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