Get Inspired / China China: Suzhou Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Suzhou story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Straddling the Grand Canal, Suzhou is a 2500 year old city interlaced with waterways and traditional Chinese gardens. It is known variously as the ‘City of Gardens’, the ‘Venice of the East’, and ‘a paradise on earth’. Its attractions include the humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. The city is also famed for its silk production. Its billing as the “Venice of the East” is testimony to the string of waterways that feed into the ancient Grand Canal. Board a leisurely cruise and you capture the essence of everyday lives in this treasured corner of China. Understandably, Suzhou is a much larger cosmopolitan sprawl than its original 14.2sq km old city, the city’s many leafy gardens as tranquil as they are presented. Despite being small, the old city is able to utilise its space – and nothing appears cramped. If you head out on a shopping expedition, Suzhou is famous for its silk and silk embroideries along with traditional woodblock prints, clay figurines, writing brushes and ink stones, jade carvings and fans made from silk or sandalwood. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Disney: Forever Young Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top 5 Club Med ski resorts for families Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.