Float along the canals and explore lush gardens in Suzhou, China, often known as the “Oriental Venice.”
Go shopping on Guan Quian and Shiliu Pedestrian Shopping Streets, where you can browse elaborately decorated silks, fans, and lanterns. Golf fans staying at our Suzhou accommodations can play all 27 holes at the Suzhou Sunrise Golf Club; afterwards, sample authentic eats like watermelon chicken and squirrel-shaped mandarin fish on Guan Qian Street, or in one of the city’s many floating restaurants. Try some Bi Luo Chun green tea while you watch Pingtan storytelling and Kun opera performances at local teahouses, and immerse yourself in art and culture at the Suzhou Arts and Crafts Museum, Art Gallery, and Opera Museum.
Only a short trip from our hotels in Suzhou, visitors can go hiking in the Qionlong Mountains, where Sun Tzu wrote his famous book, The Art of War. Wander among ancient temples and maple trees at Tianping Mountain, and explore a veritable labyrinth of rock formations, plants, and walkways at Lion Forest Garden. Not far from our Suzhou hotels, you can admire Guanwa Palace in the historical township of Mudu; the nightly opera performance at the Master-of-Nets Garden is a perfect end to your Suzhou day.