Suzhou Journals

Suzhou, Venice of the Orient

A travel journal to Suzhou by travel2000

Quote: Suzhou is often called the Venice of the Orient, famous for its waterways and wonderful Chinese gardens. A great day trip from Shanghai!

Suzhou, Venice of the Orient

Overview

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The Chinese gardens are definitely the highlights. There are many of them and each one has it's specialties. I had seen a pictorial book on the city but seeing them in real-life was better than I'd expected. I've seen these gardens replicated in certain museums around the world, but walking around the real thing definitely is a highlight.Quick Tips: I would definitely advise you to join a tour and go with a group and a guide. It is difficult to get around, even for Chinese-speakers. If possible, hire an English speaking guide and a car for the day. This enables a private tour at your own pace and saves you from communication problems at every stop. Your hotel can arrange it or check with a tr...Read More

ZhuoZhenYuan garden

Attraction

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This is one of the bigger gardens and is located in NorthEast Suzhou. The main feature is a big lake with man-made hills, islands, pavilions, and paths subdividing the garden into different parts. The paths imitate the natural landscape, twisting and turning, rising and falling. Each pavilion is named after the scenery in which it stands for, such as HeFengSiMian pavilion, after the lotus ponds that surround it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

ZhuoZhenYuan garden
ZhuoZhenYuan garden
Suzhou, China

ShiZiLin garden

Attraction

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This garden is quite close to ZhuoZhenYuan and is in NorthEast Suzhou. The stones and man-made hills are the highlights here, while the water scenery is secondary. The special stones (for example, lion-shaped ones) are showcased individually. The peaks, caves, valleys, rock cliffs, and projecting rocks simulate features of hills and mountains in nature. These elements are used to separate and organize space in the gardens, and to screen, contrast and frame scenery. With each twist and turn, the scenery is different, making this small garden seem very big. It's a real treat to spend time here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

ShiZiLin garden
ShiZiLin garden
Suzhou, China

CangLangTing Garden

Attraction

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This garden is in the southern part of city. The layout is more natural and less architectural. The basic elements of water (shui) and rocks and hills (shan) are present, forming the backbone of the garden. I thought the highlights here were the lattice windows and doors of many different shapes and sizes. Bring lots of film here, as there are a million postcard shots at every turn and corner. These windows and doors serve dual purposes. They are decorative elements and they frame the beautiful scenery. They frame both small sights within the garden and the distanct mountains, including them as part of the garden. This very clever way to mold the viewer's sights also decieves you to thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

CangLangTing Garden
CangLangTing Garden
Suzhou, China

HanShanSi Temple

Attraction

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The HanShanSi Temple is about 1400 years old. This temple appeared in a famous chinese poem, which attracts many tourists who pay homage to this sight.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

HanShanSi Temple
HanShanSi Temple
Suzhou, China

Suzhou Specialties

Story/Tip

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If you would like to know what to buy, here is what Suzhou is famous for:

Silk

Embroidery, espcially double-sided embroidery. This means the work looks the same from the right and the wrong side. These works of art are usually framed in a glass frame to show off the beauty of both sides.

Candies, for example, pine nut candies from CaiZhiZai at the main shopping street. These are delicious.

Shiquan Street and Lindun Street near the Suzhou Museum are good for shopping.