Suzhou Tourism Invites Visitors to Make Suzhou Their Own With Specialized Tours

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Consumers can follow #TravelSuzhou on social media to learn about the best itineraries for art lovers, culinary fanatics, culture vultures and photography buffs.

Tongli Water Town in Suzhou offers stunning opportunities for photography buffs.

Suzhou Tourism’s social media channels offer trip planning tips and inspiration, and travelers can visit Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube or search #TravelSuzhou for a visual look at the city’s best attractions, destination news, and more.

Nested on the Yangtze River Delta and coined the “Venice of China” by Marco Polo, Suzhou is an ancient city famous for its romantic winding waterways, abundance of classic Chinese gardens, and influential culture. In addition to its enchanting old city and quaint water towns, the city offers modern museums, attractions, and landmarks that are equally as interesting. With this fusion of old and new, there are plenty of ways for travelers to make Suzhou their own. Suzhou Tourism’s social media channels offer trip planning tips and inspiration, and travelers can visit Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube or search #TravelSuzhou for a visual look at the city’s best attractions, destination news, and more. On, travelers can find tour packages that reflect their specific interests, such as the following:

For Artistic Types
Artistic types will never be let down in Suzhou where centuries-old art forms like Kun Opera and double-sided embroidery are still practiced alongside thriving contemporary culture. The Suzhou Museum, designed by native son and Pritzker Award-winning architect I.M. Pei in 2006, is filled with ancient artifacts and is one of the city’s top attractions. Newer institutions like the True Color Museum, which features experiential modern art, and Six Arts Museum, highlighting ancient folk arts, have found success as well.

For Photography Buffs
No matter if travelers seek to shoot the perfect portrait for the living room wall or a stunning FOMO-inducing selfie, the sights of Suzhou are a photographer’s dream. From the bustling shops of Shantang Street to the picturesque canals and foot bridges of Tongli, Suzhou offers plenty of scenic spots for shutterbugs. Head to the city’s classic gardens early in the morning and Jinji Lake at sunset for the ideal light.

For Gourmands
Foodies obsessed with Chinese culinary culture are sure to find ultimate delight in Suzhou cuisine which emphasizes seasonality, fresh, subtly sweet flavors and exquisite presentation. On Shantang Street, visitors can savor authentic local food available in traditional restaurants like the historic Songhelou as well as small snack shops and local street vendors. Famous dishes like sweet and sour Mandarin fish and flavorful snacks including plum cake, sweet congee, and pan-fried buns are all on the menu. Those who visit in the autumn months should be sure not to miss the hairy crabs, a regional specialty.

For Culture Vultures
The Suzhou experience is synonymous with high culture and elegance, and culture vultures can dive into the essence of Suzhou around every turn. Some highlights include exploring the old city including the UNESCO World Heritage designated Lingering Garden which creates a flawless miniature landscape and emphasizes the profound harmony between man and nature; the Grand Canal, the longest and oldest canal in the world; The No.1 Silk Factory which follows the journey from silkworm to haute couture; and Tongli Water Town, where beautifully preserved residential houses, elegant views and the traditional Suzhou lifestyle are on full display.

About Suzhou
Suzhou, the "Venice of China," is known for its elegant stone bridges, canals, flowing water, and noteworthy architecture. Located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the Yangtze Basin dating back more than 2,500 years. The city boasts the beautifully manicured Classical Gardens of Suzhou, nine of which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, millions of tourists travel to Suzhou to experience the destination’s more than 400 attractions, ranging from pagodas and temples to historical districts and world-class museums. As the largest industrial city in China, Suzhou continues to develop, such as the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), which boasts five-star hotels, the iconic Lake Jinji, and China’s largest overwater Ferris wheel.

Travel to Suzhou is easily accessible via three convenient area airports with non-stop flights from North America: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) offers bullet train service to Suzhou, which is approximately a 50-mile, 30-minute trip; Pudong International Airport (PVG) is approximately 65 miles from Suzhou, an hour and half drive; and Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) is approximately 14 miles from Suzhou, a 30-minute drive.
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