Suzhou is a very ancient city, built in 514 BC, with a history spanning 2500 years. It is the cradle of Wu culture and visitors intent on Chinese travel should not miss this amazing area.
Suzhou is situated to the south of the Yangtze delta with Shanghai to the west and, though it is a very ancient place, the unique characteristics of its past are still there to be explored by those intent on Chinese travel and no holiday in China would be complete without a visit to see its many charms.
To the west of Suzhou is the Taihu Lake, one of the four largest freshwater lakes in China and those intent on Chinese travel will be delighted to discover this “Oriental Venice” with its vast numbers of ponds and streams and the canals which run alongside streets and alleys. Small bridges cross the flowing waters, making this city a delight to explore for those on vacation in China. The city is cut from north to south by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.
Suzhou is also famed for its beautiful gardens and there are more than sixty of them to explore. The visitor intent on Chinese travel will find some of the most famous gardens in the country here. Because of the soft climate and lush surroundings these wonderful gardens are havens of peace and tranquilty and will be remembered long after the holiday in China is over.
As the birthplace of Wu culture Suzhou has played a vital role in Chinese cultural history and is famous for its many artists, poets and calligraphers. Embroidery, fans and brocade produced here are famous throughout the world. There are also three opera companies, known as the “three flowers” which will delight anyone on a cultural tour of China.
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