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  • 1. Humble Administrator's Garden


    More than half of Suzhou's largest garden is occupied by ponds and lakes. The garden was built in 1509 by Wang Xianjun, an official dismissed...Read More

  • 2. Master of the Nets Garden


    All elements of Suzhou style are here in precise balance: rocky hillscapes, layered planting, undulating walkways, and charming pavilions overlooking...Read More

  • 3. Blue Wave Pavilion


    The oldest existing garden in Suzhou, the Blue Wave Pavilion dates back more than 900 years to the Song Dynasty. With a rambling, maze-like...Read More

  • 4. Grand Canal

    Other Attraction

    Suzhou is threaded by a network of narrow waterways, with an outer moat surrounding its ancient center. The canals that now seem quaint were...Read More

  • 5. Hanshan Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Best known as a subject of one of the Tang Dynasty's most famous poems, which described the sound of its massive bell at midnight, this large...Read More

  • 6. Joyous Garden


    The youngest garden in Suzhou, Joyous Garden was built in 1874. It borrows elements from Suzhou's other famous gardens: rooms from the Humble...Read More

  • 7. Lingering Garden


    Windows frame yet more windows, undulating rooflines recall waves, and a closed corridor opens out into a tranquil pool in this intriguing garden...Read More

  • 8. Lion's Grove Garden


    This garden employs countless craggy rock formations from nearby Lake Taihu to create a surreal moonscape. A labyrinth of caves surrounds a...Read More

  • 9. North Temple Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the symbols of ancient Suzhou, this temple towers over the Old City. The complex has a 1,700-year history, dating to the Three Kingdoms...Read More

  • 10. Pan Gate

    Notable Building

    Traffic into Old Suzhou came both by road and canals, so the city's gates were designed to control access by both land and water. This gate...Read More

  • 11. Precious Belt Bridge


    Spanning a small lake, this ancient bridge of 53 stone arches has a neglected air, overgrown with grass and surrounded by nondescript modern...Read More

  • 12. Suzhou Arts and Crafts Museum


    This impressive collection of contemporary art is proof that Suzhou craftsmanship remains very healthy. It's just a shame that, all too often...Read More

  • 13. Suzhou Museum


    This is the most modern building to emerge amid a neighborhood of traditional architecture. The museum is the valedictory work for 90-year-old...Read More

  • 14. Temple of Mystery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the best-preserved Taoist complexes in Suzhou, the Temple of Mystery is a rare example of a wooden structure that has stood the test...Read More

  • 15. Tiger Hill


    This hill is the burial place of the king of the State of Wu, who founded the city in 514 BC. At the top of the approach is a huge sheet of...Read More

  • 16. West Garden Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple is most notable for the Hall of 500 Arhats ( wubai luohan tang ), which houses 500 gold-painted statues of these Buddhist guides...Read More

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