Suzhou, a 2,500-year-old cultural city is located in the south of Jiangsu, a province that hugs the coast south of Shandong province in an area of rivers that crisscross the Yangtze River Delta of southeastern China. A sort of oriental Venice, boats bob along waterways interwoven with small yet handsome bridges that run parallel to the streets and traditional houses built along them.
Suzhou’s waterways link with the Grand Canal, located to the west of the city. Originally constructed to carry cereals such as rice from the fertile Yangtze plains to the more heavily populated yet barren northern reaches including the capital Beijing, at 1800km it is the longest canal on earth and ranks alongside the Great Wall as China’s greatest engineering achievement.
The waterways of Suzhou itself feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty over a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Several major gardens of the time have now been restored to their former glory, along with a number of smaller ones. For the most part, Suzhou’s gardens are not known for their size but their delicate designs, containing hills and ponds, terraces, corridors, towers, and almost everything particular to a Chinese imperial garden. The Humble Administrators Garden is perhaps the most famous. Though, at 40,000 square metres, with three linked sections that comprise small lotus ponds, pavilions, islands, bridges and open space, there is nothing humble about the design.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Suzhou, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to China
Tailormade Holidays to Suzhou
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in China — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Suzhou.
The Garden is a traditional hotel with pavillions, terraces and small bridges over the water of its beautiful garden compound. The guestrooms are comfortable and of a good size, and the hotel has a range of amenities.
The Sofitel ia a traditional style hotel with luxurious and elegant rooms boasting traditional Chinese design. There is WiFi access throughout the hotel and the hotel offers a Cantonese and Western restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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