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Top 05 Things to do in Suzhou – Memorable Sightseeing Discoveries

Famed for its classical gardens, the city of Suzhou in China is a truly enthralling destination. It offers much to explore and experience while providing insights into the city's rich history. Here are some of the best things to do and see on your visit.

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Explore the Humble Administrator's Garden

The most well-known classical garden in the region, the Humble Administrator's Garden is a must-visit and one of the main attractions in Suzhou. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it dates back to the early 16th century and features charming pavilions, lotus ponds, bamboo groves, water features, a teahouse, a rockery and more. Amongst the highlights are the 18 Camellias Hall, Pagoda Reflection Pavilion, Orchid and Snow Hall, Lotus Pavilion, Hall of Distant Fragrance and Small Flying Rainbow Bridge. You can also see displays of azalea, lotus and chrysanthemum in spring, summer and fall respectively.

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Head to Tiger Hill and its Leaning Pagoda

Another key site in the city is the famous Tiger Hill which is an ideal place to explore. Within easy reach of properties the likes of Somerset Baitang Suzhou, this area is also home to the Tiger Hill Pagoda which stands at the summit; a symbol of the city, this octagonal 158-foot tower dates back to the Northern Song Dynasty and is not entirely straight since it began to tilt four centuries ago! Other sites of interest here include a shrine dedicated to Sun Tzu, the Tomb of King He Lu and the Verdant Mountain Villa.

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Visit the Baitang Ecological Botanical Garden

If you are looking to spend the day with the family enjoying some relaxation away from the busy streets, then the Baitang Ecological Botanical Garden is worth a visit. Those staying at serviced apartments Suzhou has to offer at its Industrial Park can easily reach this site where one can enjoy spending time amidst nature. Apart from the lush greenery beside a lake, you will find pavilions, bridges and various flora too. Also nearby is the Baitang Arboretum which features diverse plants, flowers and some wildlife.

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Unwind at Picturesque Jinji Lake

Another attraction that can be easily accessed from the Suzhou Industrial Park area, Jinji Lake is the largest inner-city lake in the country; it is set amidst trendy retail centres, riverside parks and a variety of restaurants. There is a pedestrian-only network of paths around the lake which is ideal for a stroll or a fitness walk! When here, you can visit the Ferris Wheel Park and take a ride on its huge Ferris wheel, enjoy the night-time scenery from Moonlight Harbour or embark on a cruise along the lake.

5

Wander Around Shantang Street

Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, the historical Shantang Street is a great place to soak up some local culture. This pedestrian road by the riverside stretches from Changmen Gate all the way to Tiger Hill. As you wander along the street, you will come across ancestral temples, age-old guild halls and even stone cats which guard the bridges! Old Shantang Street, Tonggui Bridge and Yuhan Hall are among the key sites to visit, while not to be missed is a river cruise at night.

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