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One Day Suzhou Ground Tour

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I hardly join or sign up for any private tours but since my mom requested for it, hence I booked "A Day Trip to Suzhou" from the hotel we stayed in Hangzhou. The tour package seems fairly reasonable which costs CNY288 per person and this including hotel pick-up and drop off, entrance fee, tour guide but excluding lunch and tips. And the best part, I don't have to worry about the transportation from Hangzhou to Suzhou cause they will drop us there. 

2014 China Suzhou 1

When Hangzhou is well-known for its beauty classical lakes, Suzhou on the other hand famed for its beautiful gardens and courtyard parks as well as traditional waterside architecture. In order to get to Suzhou from Hangzhou, you can either take trains (both high-speed train and normal train) or bus. Unfortunately I unable to share more details cause all the logistic has been arranged by the private tour we signed with. 

The first attraction we went in Suzhou was the medieval Pan Gate Scenic Area. It's a historical landmark in Suzhou and known for the "three landmarks of Pan Gate". They are the Ruiguang Pagoda, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou, the Wu Gate Bridge which is the entrance to the gate at that time over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou at the time, and Pan Gate. Pan Gate is part of the ancient city wall that surrounded and protected Suzhou. 

2014 China Suzhou Ruiguang Pagoda 1
#2: Ruiguang Pagoda, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou. 

2014 China Suzhou Panmen Scenic Spot 1
#3: Visiting Pan Men includes access to a large and rather lovely garden with ponds and pavilions

2014 China Suzhou Panmen Scenic Spot 5
#4: Pan Gate - part of the ancient city wall that surrounded and protected Suzhou.

Next, we were brought for a boat ride along the ancient Grand Canal of Suzhou. The Grand Canal is the oldest and longest canal in the world and dubbed "Venice of the East". This is one interesting and fascinating way of overlooking the city low down in the network of canals and exploring the lifestyle of Suzhou locals. Most of the Suzhou's attractions are linked by the Grand Canal cruise and therefore, it is an ideal way to take a cruise along the canal.

2014 China Suzhou Cruise
#5: Boat ride along the ancient Grand Canal of Suzhou

2014 China Suzhou
#6: Spotted Journey To The West (JTTW) sculpture. JWWT is one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature.

Once we done with the canal ride, we then proceed to North Temple Pagoda. The pagoda was once eleven stories tall, but was damaged and reduced to nine stories. The peak of the pagoda is Suzhou's most famous and there is a garden and temples are on the grounds.

2014 China Suzhou North Temple Tower
#7: North Temple Pagoda

A trip to Suzhou is incomplete without visiting any of their spectacular garden and courtyard parks. Our last stop in Suzhou is the Lion Forest Garden. It is one of the four great gardens of Suzhou and is admired for the incredible collection of pitted, eroded rocks that were greatly appreciated by classical Chinese scholars. It was originally part of a Buddhist monastery. The gardens are a reminder of the Buddhist story of the lions. The layout of the garden follows many twists and turns. It is easy to get quite lost in these winding paths.

2014 China Suzhou Lion Grove Garden 1
#8: Lion Groove Garden, or Lion Forest Garden is one of the UNESCO-listed gardens.


2014 China Suzhou Lion Grove Garden 2

As for our hotel in Suzhou, it is one of the best hotels I ever stay throughout my entire trips to China. Well, the hotel room actually looks pretty decent and average but what I like about this hotel is that there is a beautiful garden and grove within it. I felt like I was transported into the past. Too bad we're only staying in this hotel for a night. How I wish we could stay longer cause I really love the classical architecture. And the icing on the cake, there is a shopping and food street just nearby the hotel which my mom and I able to shop and eat at night.

2014 China Suzhou Branch All Seasons Hotel
All Seasons Hotel Suzhou Branch
Date Stayed: 23 to 24 December 2014 (1 night)
Room Rate: RM199 for a superior twin bed room (Booked via Agoda)

2014 China Suzhou Night Market

Before I end this post, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every of you,

"May the year of Rat brings you good luck & good fortune. Happy Chinese New Year!"


  1. Saw the Ruiguang pagoda but we did not stop by. Lion Forest Garden is so beautiful and serene.

  2. nice scenery....when was it taken? last December?

    1. It was December but in 2014. A super long backdated travelogue

  3. For planning vacations, including overseas, do you get better travel deals by using a travel agent who finds deals for you or by researching and putting it together on your own ?
    Travel & Tours

  4. Wow! That price of CNY288 is very cheap lah. You are a good hunter for bargains.

    I do like that All Seasons Hotel you stayed. I must bookmark this place next time.


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