Best Things To Do in Suzhou, China

Suzhou is a historical, culturally significant, elegant city and it has been a major tourism hub in China. The city has been home to generations of artists, scholars, writers and boasts beautiful gardens, famous canals, romantic water towns, thousand-year-old temples, world-class museums, magnificent architecture, traditional music, tea and cuisine. The city has often been called as the 'Venice of the East' as it was built around a latticework of 24 canals and attracts a number of tourists to experience the serene, rustic ambience of its classical Chinese gardens and vibrant culture.

The best way to get a complete experience of what this 'Paradise on Earth' to offer is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Suzhou, which include a tour of some of its most beautiful gardens including the Humble Administrator's Garden or Zhuo Zeng Yuan, Lion Grove Garden, Liu Lingering Garden, Couple's Retreat Garden, Yipu Garden and the The Garden of The Master Of The Nets. One can take a tour of the quintessential Suzhou countryside and its water towns like the Tongli Water Town and the Zhouzhuang Water Town. Other top scenic attractions in Suzhou include Tiger Hill, Jinji Lake, Panmen Scenic Area, Blue Wave Pavilion and the Guangfu Ancient Town. Other top attractions in Suzhou include Suzhou Museum, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Amusement Park, Shantang Street, Guan Qian Shopping Street and the Cold Mountain Temple. With an endless list of the itinerary and the tranquil ambience of Suzhou, it is sure to give you the much-needed break from the bustling city life and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the process.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Suzhou

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  1. #1 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    Humble Administrator's Garden Or Zhuo Zeng Yuan

    Tags: Garden, Picnic Spot, Exhibition , Unesco Site

    Address: 178 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215001

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The most famous of all the classical gardens in Suzhou, this one covers an area of 52,000 square metres and is the largest of its kind. A UNESCO world heritage site, it was originally built in early 1...Read more

  2. #2 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 586 itineraries
    Lion Grove Garden Or Shi Zi Lin

    Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Landmark, Observatory

    Address: 23 Yuanlin Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    One of the four most important classical gardens of Suzhou, Lion grove garden was built in mid-fourteenth century during the rule of Yuan dynasty. The garden gets its name from the Lion cliff on Mount...Read more

  3. #3 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 457 itineraries
    Tiger Hill

    Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Hill

    Address: Jinchang District, Suzhou 215008, China

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Also known as Surging sea hill, this large hillock covers an enormous area of 14100 square metres and is 36 metres in height. A bounty of historical sites that can be dated back to 2500 years, this is...Read more

  4. #4 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 577 itineraries
    Suzhou Museum

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Educational Site, Performance

    Address: 204 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Originally a site of the Mansion of Prince Zong, this museum was founded in 1960 and is dedicated to porcelains, relics of the revolution, most notably celadon, handicraft works, calligraphies and pai...Read more

  5. #5 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 652 itineraries
    Pingjiang Road

    Tags: Outdoors, Off Road, River, Educational Site

    Address: Pingjiang District, Suzhou,China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Paralleling the Pingjian River, Pingjiang road stretches for 1606 metres. Lined with typical houses of ancient Suzhou, this street has a phenomenal architecture. White walls and black tiles represent ...Read more

  6. #6 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 287 itineraries
    Suzhou Amusement Park

    Tags: Amusement Park, Entertainment, Neighborhoods , Rides

    Address: No.87 Jinshan Road, Huqiu District, Suzhou215006, China

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Great rides, a huge sign resembling the “HOLLYWOOD” sign and China’s biggest suspending rollercoaster are the highlights of this amusement park. Suspended Looping coaster, Flying Coa...Read more

  7. #7 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 437 itineraries
    Liu Lingering Garden Or Liu Yuan

    Tags: Garden, Historical Site, Architecture , Unesco Site

    Address: 338 LiuYuan Road, Gusu, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Spread over 23,300 Square metres of area, this was originally a classical private garden and is one of the four most famous gardens in Suzhou. Built in classic Qing style, it is famous for its delicat...Read more

  8. #8 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 432 itineraries
    Shantang Street Or Seven-Li Shantang

    Tags: Landmark, Bridge, Walking Area, Entertainment

    Address: Shan Tang Jie, Gusu Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A riverside pedestrian road in the northwest area of Suzhou, Shantang Street is a very popular tourist hub. It begins at the Changmen gate and ends at the scenic tiger hill. It stretches for 2.2 miles...Read more

  9. #9 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 386 itineraries
    Hanshan Temple Or Cold Mountain Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Historical Site

    Address: 24th lane, Hanshan temple, Jinchang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located at around three miles from the Fengqiao old town, this temple was originally built during the Liang dynasty. It was renovated repeatedly and the current 10600 square metres of area represents ...Read more

  10. #10 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 193 itineraries
    Jinji Lake

    Tags: Outdoors, Shopping Center, Lake

    Address: Jinjihu Road, Wuzhong District, Suzhou, 215000, China

    Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The largest inland city lake in China, Jinji Lake gets its name from the legendary golden rooster (Jinji) that once fell into a boat on the lake. Occupying the area of 10 square kilometres, Jinji Lake...Read more

  11. #11 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 501 itineraries
    Guan Qian Shopping Street

    Tags: Market, Street Market, Shopping Center

    Address: Guan Qian Street, Suzhou 215000, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A popular commerce hub of the Suzhou downtown, Guan Qian shopping street is famous for its speciality restaurants, high-quality ham-stores and silverware merchandise. You can also shop for some fashio...Read more

  12. #12 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 187 itineraries
    Panmen Scenic Area

    Tags: Bridge, Historical Site, Boating, Games

    Address: No.1 East Street, Canglang District, Suzhou215002, China

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    A historic site clubbed with fantastic verdant panorama is what makes the Panmen scenic area a top-rated tourist destination of China. Attractions within the scenic area: Ruigung Pagoda: Oldest Pagod...Read more

  13. #13 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 287 itineraries
    Blue Wave Pavilion Or Canglang Pavilion

    Tags: Garden, Hill

    Address: 3 Canglangting Street, Suzhou, Changlang District, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    One of the four most famous gardens in the city, it is also the oldest and date back to Northern Song Dynasty (906-1127). Incredible man-made rock formations, verdant bamboo forests, winding corridors...Read more

  14. #14 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 294 itineraries
    Couple's Retreat Garden Or Ou Yuan

    Tags: Garden, Leisure

    Address: Lane no 6, Newbridge small Pingjiang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Originally built by Lu Jin- a prefect of Baoning district in late 19th century, this garden was later developed by Shen Bingcheng-the magistrate of Susong. Referring to the two parts of the garden tha...Read more

  15. #15 of 68 Things To Do in Suzhou
    - Used in 278 itineraries
    Yipu Garden Or The Garden Of Cultivation

    Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Educational Site

    Address: Pingjiang lane, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A small scale garden belonging to the Ming Dynasty, this elegant enclave depicts the simplicity of a typical Chinese garden. Halls, narrow paths adorned by rocks, pavilions, pond, yards and corridors ...Read more

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