Suzhou, the cradle of Wu Culture, is a city with a history of more than 2,500 years, tracing back to the later Shang Dynasty. While talking about Suzhou, the old saying mentions it as a “Paradise on the Earth” or the “East Venice of the World”, referring to its natural beauty, classical gardens, bridges and waters, traditional operas and soft dialect tone.The city is well-known to its classical gardens, in which two of them have been listed as the great world heritage sites.
Situated in the downstream of Yangtze River Drainage Basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Suzhou has been a national tourist center and has attracted visitors around the world.
Suzhou is in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu between north latitude 30°47’ – 32°02’, east longitude 119°55’ – 121°20’. The city borders its great neighbor, Shanghai, on the east, Wuxi on the west, and other three cities of Zhejiang Province on the south.Dubbed “East Venice of the World” Suzhou is crisscrossed by rivers and lakes. Yangtze River, the most spectacular river in the region, flows through the city’s north boundary but the Grand Canal runs down from north to south. The city has the jurisdiction over the Lake Taihu, being equal to about 2/3 of the proportion of the lake, nestling in its southwest territory. Yangcheng Lake, located in Changsu, attracts hundreds of thousands of travelers, coming each year to enjoy its beauty and aquatic food.
The city is located between Shanghai and Nanjing that is the provincial capital, and all road traffics connecting two cities are through Suzhou. The railway, Jinghu Railway (Nanjing-Shanghai), passes the city and Suzhou Railway Station is among the busiest passenger stations in China, having 139 trains stopping daily. T-Trains take only 45 min to Shanghai and an hour and a half to Nanjing.Suzhou is also conveniently linked by several highway/expressway including Huning (Shanghai-Nanjing) Expressway, Yangtze Riverine Expressway, Suzhou-Hangzhou Expressway. The new Suzhou Outer Ring Expressway was completed in 2005, connecting the peripheral county-level cities of Taicang, Kunshan, and Changshu.
The city’s waterway is one of the most convenient transportations for locals, travelers and cargo. Taking these rivers and canals, you can easily reach its water towns, neighbor cities including Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province and Suzhou Port.Suzhou has its own airport, Suzhou Guangfu Airport, but this airport is principally a military base and is only partially used for civic transportation. Three nearby airports, including Wuxi Shuofang Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong international Airport, serve the city’s air passengers.
The city is one of China’s popular tourist destinations with historical and cultural significance. It provides more than 400 tourist sites including its classical gardens, parks, temples, lakes, and more. Each year, millions of tourists travel in Suzhou and bring back with memorable experiences.