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5 Things to do in Suzhou – things you simply can’t miss!

Suzhou is a stunning destination in China offering may activities to enjoy on a holiday and experience what the place is all about. Here are a few things to do which one just shouldn’t miss out on when in Suzhou.


Night Cruises

Cruises are pretty beautiful during the daytime, especially when it involves gliding along the calm waters of a river with famous attractions on either side. Still, nothing beats the view a cruise at night offers you. Opt for a night cruise at Grand Canal and you’ll see the ancient attractions of Suzhou in a new light! Colourful lights decorate places such as Baodai Bride, the walls of the old city and Couple’s Park which make for a splendid romantic expereince. Jinji Lake night cruises offer you the chance to see Linglong Island, Music Fountain, Peach Island, the Ferris Wheel and much more.


Enjoy operas in teahouses

The operas commonly known as Kunqu Operas include works of ancient Chinese works of art which tell the stories of the writer in music, dance and acts. UNESCO recognised these Kunqu Operas in 2001 as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Find these fine shows done by skilled performers at traditional teahouses like Plum and Bamboo Storytelling Garden, Pinfang Teahouse and Guangyu Storytelling Hall.


Visit museums

This activity is one that many visitors look forward to on their trip to any part of China and it is no different with Suzhou. Being the vast land that China is, there is much history to explore and the best part is that many relics of the past have been restored in these museums for viewers to learn more about. If you are a history enthusiast, then be prepared to have a history adventure like no other as you learn more about Imperial China. Most of the museums are situated in close proximity to Suzhou serviced apartments making them easily accessible.


Hanshan Temple Bell Ringing Festival

This is a famous festival you certainly should witness if you are in town during New Year’s Eve. The grand temple rings it’s melodious bells a hundred and eight times to welcome the New Year. Many people, both locals and foreigners gather inside and outside the temple to listen to the charming sounds of the bell. The scenery around makes for the most beautiful view to bring joy to your entire experience.


Shop in Suzhou

What could be more delightful than a shopping spree on your holiday in Suzhou? Shiquan Street and Guanqian Street are perfect places to hit for some souvenirs with traditional Chinse knickknacks to choose from at the street markets. Don’t forget to taste some of the fabulous street food that is sure to delight your taste-buds. The food in Suzhou is a combination of fresh vegetables and delicious fish which are prepared in unique styles. Taijian Alley, ShiquanJie and Shi Lu are just a few streets famous for local cuisine. Restaurants at hotels like Ascott Midtown Suzhou also serve a variety of local cuisine for tasting.

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