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Updated: 2011-09-23

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If you’re living and working in Suzhou, Shanghai or other nearby cities, you have probably made your own conclusions about Suzhou. Yet, there is always more to be discovered in this ancient and beautiful city. The more you know about Suzhou, the more you’ll feel blessed about spending a few years here!

To get yourself prepared for an in-depth tour around Suzhou, do your homework carefully before setting off. Buy a copy of the Suzhou Tourist Map and Guidebook to help you get a general idea of the locations of different attractions and to estimate the distance from your residence. A good way to lower your costs is to purchase the annual Suzhou Travel card for 120RMB, so that within the validity date, you can visit repeatedly the attractions you like.

The following is a list of interesting places in and around Suzhou:

Suzhou City Moat and the Grand Canal Agricultural Tour in Changshu Ancient Luxiang Village on East Mountain Lake Taihu Leisure Clubs

No.1 Suzhou City Moat and the Grand Canal

Take a river cruise along the moat and you’ll appreciate the best view of the ancient city of Suzhou, including the famous Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple and Midu Bridge, etc. This river cruise is special in that it stops at different attraction sites so that you can get off the boat and explore the attractions along the moat. It takes about 45 minutes to travel all the way along the moat. There are several access points for this river cruise, including the railway station, the North Bus Station, Nanmen Ferry Port, Xinshi Bridge Port at the Grand Canal and Xumen Gate Port.

No.2 Agricultural Tour in Changshu

Jiangxiang Village, covering an area of three square kilometers, accommodates 186 families with a total number of 800 villagers. You can have fun walking though the bamboo corridor, rowing a boat in the lake and the fresh air of the countryside. In addition, you may even try your hand at growing vegetables, picking fruits, and feeding chickens and other animals. Meanwhile, in the agricultural museum, you’ll witness the countryside lifestyle in olden times. What a wonderful experience!

No.3 Ancient Luxiang Village on East Mountain

Located beside Lake Taihu at the rear of East Mountain, Luxiang Village is a destination combining natural scenery with a cultural connotation. Walking through the narrow alleys in this ancient village, you’ll feel as if time has been turned back to the Ming Dynasty. Visiting the former residences of ancient scholars, you will be amazed at their wisdom in creating such a place.

No.4 Lake Taihu Leisure Clubs

Suzhou Cowboy Countryside Club is a place where you can go horse riding along Lake Taihu as well as go rappelling, canoeing, swimming and have a barbeque. Just pack some light clothes and you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing weekend far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club skillfully transplants the gardening technique of Suzhou Classical Garden, such as the piling of rockeries, the layout of the ponds, and the flower and bamboo assembly to this excellent golf course. The abundant Suzhou classical garden elements are incorporated into a par 72, 18-hole course alongside Lake Taihu, and will have you feeling as if you are in ancient China. The whole course is 7,272 yards in length, an international tournament course and has a floodlit 9-hole course and the all important 19th hole! A state-of-the-art facility at the Taihu International Golf Club!

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