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  • 1 Old Centre of Suzhou Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pingjiang Lu CHN - Suzhou

    The "city of canals and gardens" has stood the test of time in the narrow streets of the old centre, in particular in Pingjiang Street, where a stroll along the canal will bring back some nostalgic memories. A section of the canal network b..

  • 2 The Humble Administrator's Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    QiMen Lu CHN - Suzhou

    Created in the early 16C, the garden was the private estate of Wang Xianzheng, a censor at the imperial court. Its name is inspired by the maxim: "cultivate your garden to meet your needs - this is the policy of the humble". This garden, ex..

  • 3 Suzhou Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    CHN - Suzhou

    The family of the architect, I.M. Pei, who designed the Louvre pyramid in Paris, was born in Suzhou. Pei's design for this museum incorporated a restrained yet bright look influenced by the local habitat and the Zen-like layout of the town's gardens...

  • 4 Master of the Nets Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Suzhou

    Although it's the smallest garden in Suzhou, the Master of the Nets is without doubt the most appealing for visitors. Laid out in the 12C and then abandoned, it was restored in the 18C by a bureaucrat who it is said was tired of his administrative du..

  • 5 The Lingering Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Liuyuan Lu CHN - Suzhou

    The magnificently laid-out Lingering Garden covers an area of 3ha, in which galleries punctuated by windows boasting delightful views link the main sights. This garden was designed to help the convalescence of the sick - as a result everything here h..

  • 6 Couple's Garden Retreat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Suzhou

    During the horticultural revolution in the 1950s, gardens suffered serious neglect as flowers were considered superfluous to requirements. The Couple's Garden was resurrected around 1980 and restored to its original design. Laid out in two distinct p..

  • 7 Lion Forest Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Suzhou

    The Lion Forest Garden was built in the 14C by Zen Buddhist monks in honour of their master Tian Ru. Rocks dominate the landscape and perspectives of the main courtyard, paying homage to their master, who for a long time lived on Lion Rock Mountain i..

  • 8 Great Wave Pavilion Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Suzhou

    Set away from the town's busy main streets, the oldest garden in Suzhou was built in the 11C by the poet Shu Shunqin. The main courtyard is entirely occupied by a hill, on top of which stands the Great Wave Pavilion, and surrounded by a gallery pierc..

  • 9 Pan Gate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Suzhou

    Perfectly restored to how it originally looked when built by the Yuan dynasty (1276-1368), this gate provided the town with effective protection from attack by land and water. Its features include a double portcullis system to protect its granite gat..

  • 10 Temple of Mystery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Suzhou

    This Taoist temple founded in the 3C was further embellished and extended under the Song dynasty. The imposing 12C Pavilion of the Three Purities, adorned with 60 columns, is crowned with roofs with upturned corners. A collection of tablets honours v..

  • 11 Suzhou Museum of Opera Interesting

    Museums and art

    CHN - Suzhou

    Located along a narrow lane in Suzhou's old quarter, the Museum of Opera highlights a 600-year-old Chinese tradition, of which the local kunqu style (classical opera from the 18C) is its oldest form. Visitors to the museum can admire a collection of ..

  • 12 North Pagoda Interesting

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Suzhou

    Inside the oldest temple in Suzhou, founded in the year 238, the 76m-high Buddhist North pagoda, dating from the Ming dynasty, is made up of 8 storeys and offers the best view of the centre of Suzhou, with its grey tiled roofs and low houses. Nearby,..

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