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Things to Do in Suzhou – A City of Great Beauty and History

Suzhou is best known for its stunning gardens. The finest examples of Chinese layouts and architecture are present there while the Silk Museum and traditional quarters are marvellous places to explore

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The Suzhou Silk Factory

Testimony to China's silk trade the Suzhou silk industry is one of the foremost in the country. Visiting the Suzhou Silk Factory is a fascinating encounter for the entire family. You will be able to observe the entire process that goes into the manufacture of silk. Learn about the life cycle of the silkworm that spins until its death. A single worm will output 1000 metres during its entire lifespan which is the main factor for the delicate fabrics rarity and high price.

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The China Grand Canal

Famous as the world's oldest and longest canal the China Grand Canal is one of the country's greatest projects from ancient times. In the olden days, this huge canal played an important role connecting rivers and canals between north and south China; this invariably saw the Grand Canal playing an important role in promoting the economy and unifying the country. Do visit this marvellous structure which stretches all the way from Beijing to Hangzhou.

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Zhouzhuang Water Town

This beautiful precinct is located 40kms from Suzhou. The place boasts a history of over 900 years and houses some marvellous buildings constructed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties spanning from 1368 to 1911. This place certainly warrants a visit as one of the finest examples of China's ancient water towns.

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Garden of Humble Administrator

Suzhou's largest classical garden this beautiful parkland is located in the southern quarter of the town. It's ranked fourth amongst China's classical gardens. Built in 1513 AD by Wang Xianchen the garden is made up of three sections. Each area is resplendent with a beautiful water feature such as ponds and streams as well as age-old buildings.

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Tiger Hill Hu Qiu

This is Suzhou's iconic attraction loved for its scenic environs. It is popular as the Wu areas first scenic location. The 20-hectare area measuring at an altitude of just 36 metres boasts areas such as Third Spring, Mountain Villa, Testing Sword Rock, Leisure Spring and Emerald Green. Tiger Hill is an artificial mound with a rich history of over 2,500 years. Well worth a visit it is just 16kms from Citadines Xinghai Suzhou in the city centre. So go ahead and pack up that picnic basket and head over to the precinct where the Tiger Hill Pagoda is the city's best-known landmark.

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Tongli Water Town

A well-preserved town with a history of over a 1000 yeas Tongli Water Town is not too far from most accommodation Suzhou provides. If you are a lover of culture and beautiful surroundings make sure you plan a trip to this place as it is best to experience the diverse nature of Chinese culture.

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