Considering I was in Shanghai from 7 days, I thought I would go to Suzhou for a day trip as it was around 30 mins east of Shanghai on the high speed trains. Suzhou is known to have many classical and elegant gardens, nine to be exact. It is dubbed as China’s Venice of the East and I can see why. Here’s an interesting fact, 42% of the city is covered by water.
Considering I was only here for a day, I did get squeeze a good amount of the scenic spots without feeling too rushed, yet a day wasn’t enough. Visiting Suzhou Museum was on my list however it’s sadly closed on Mondays thus I didn’t get to see it’s wonderful architecture.
In the end, I would suggest two or three days here as there was an ancient water town I would love to have spent a day at called Tongli (同里古镇), as well as other scenic spots I didn’t get the chance to see. I definitely need to make the trip to Suzhou again but not on a Monday next time nor in the winter.
Places featured in this post
Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园)
The Master of Nets Garden (网师园)
Pingjiang Road (平江路)
Shantang Street (山塘街)
Other places I’ve visited
Guanqian Street (观前街)
Places I didn’t get the chance to visit
Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆)
Lingering Garden (留园)
Tiger Hill (虎丘)
Lion Grove Garden (狮子林)
Jinji Lake (金鸡湖)
Tongli Ancient Town (同里古镇)
And many more…