Check out our guide to life in Suzhou

Those who prefer their cities to be picturesque and packed with culture are sure to enjoy Suzhou. Located in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Suzhou is rich in canals and waterside architecture, leading to its nickname “the Venice of China”. Suzhou has the most UNESCO-recognized gardens in the world with over 60 classical gardens included in the world-heritage site. It’s also home to one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, ‘Kun opera’. Suzhou silk is famous for its high-quality and exquisite patterns, with the city being the centre of the silk trade in the 13th century. 

Suzhou Fast Facts

Prefecture-level city 
Settled 514 BCE 
Population 10,680,000

Suzhou Weather

Hottest Month July (29 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (5 °C avg)
Wettest Month June (93.9 mm avg)
Windiest Month March (14 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 536.0 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Suzhou

Tiger Hill Pagoda

Dubbed the ‘leaning tower of China’ this 907-960 CE building’s real name is Yunyan Pagoda.

Classical Gardens of Suzhou

You’ll never run out of gardens to explore with 60+ local ones on the World Heritage List. 

Grand Buddha at Ling Shan

This park features a huge 88m-high Buddha statue, palace, temple and live performances.

Suzhou Museum

Explore ancient crafts, calligraphy and artefacts in this museum designed by I. M. Pei. 

Shantang Street

Cruise along the canal, explore historic buildings and bridges and do a spot of shopping too. 

Pan Gate

This 2,500-year-old landmark was the only entrance to the wall around ancient Suzhou. 

Suzhou Silk Museum

Discover the history of silk production, see demonstrations, samples, patterns and looms. 

Old Town of Suzhou

The historic and scenic canal town features old stone bridges and wooden houses. 

Suzhou Ferris Wheel

If you’re not scared of heights, ride the giant 120-metre tall Ferris wheel for amazing views. 

Xishan Island

The largest island in Lake Tai with beautiful landscapes, fresh fruit and 41 mountains. 

Cost Of Living

Cinema 35 3.99 7.30 72.79
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 20 2.28 4.17 41.59
Beer in a shop 7 0.80 1.46 14.56
Coke 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Meal at a cheap restaurant 20 2.28 4.17 41.59
Meal at an average restaurant 42 4.79 8.76 87.34
Meal at a high end restaurant 85 9.70 17.73 176.77
Gym per month 300 34.24 62.58 623.88
City bus 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 422 48.16 88.02 877.59
Loaf of bread 11 1.26 2.29 22.88

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