SCENERY AND OUTDOORS

Pingjiang Road

This historic street is a popular place for both tourists and locals of all ages. The canals, bridges and buildings have been maintained and incorporate a variety of tourist shops, art galleries and museums, coffee shops and restaurants.

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is located in the north-western corner of the city and is famous for its 36-metre high, leaning pagoda. The 1,000 year-old Yunyan pagoda is surrounded by Suzhou-style bonsai trees as well as a museum, small scenic gardens and a temple.

Canals

In addition to Pingjiang Road, there are many areas in Suzhou that feature canals, such as Shantang Street, which at over 1,200 years old is one of China's oldest and most famous streets.

Jinji Lake

This lake at the centre of Suzhou Industrial Park is surrounded by parks, winding paths and statues, as well as many commercial areas with shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. You can expect great views during both the day and night.

Museums and culture

If you are interested in paintings and calligraphy, the Suzhou Art Gallery displays regional paintings, calligraphy and modern art, whilst a smaller French-owned gallery on Pingjiang Street, displays both Chinese and foreign art.

For music lovers, the Suzhou Ping-Tan Museum and Suzhou Kun Qu Museum perform traditional Suzhou dialect and Chinese opera.

UNESCO World Heritage Gardens

There are numerous historic gardens in Suzhou, all providing great places to relax. Two of the most popular are the Humble Administrator’s Garden - next to Suzhou Museum - and the Master of Nets Garden, however many more are worth a visit.

Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

In addition to an IMAX cinema, this centre houses a theatre where you can watch numerous shows. Past performances include Swan Lake by the Russian Royal Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, and the Suzhou Dance and Acrobatics Show. The centre also holds art and photography exhibitions often free of charge to the general public.