Suzhou is a lakeside city accessible by train and bus from Shanghai. It is an ancient city with 2,500 years of culture and history. The gentle, southern climate may have played a role in attracting so many people to this lovely place. Great merchants and builders traded in Suzhou. Politicians have made their names there. Famous poets sang about this beautiful city, called it “Heaven on Earth.” There are still many streets and locations that will transport you the past. Take a boat ride on the water canals! You must visit some of the many residence gardens. They are as intricate as they are scenic at every turn. Don’t forget to try the delicious and unique cuisine as well!
By – Tracy Tian