Suzhou Travel Guide
Location: west to Shanghai.
Area: a total area of 8488 square kilometers.
Being a neighbor of the international metropolis-Shanghai, the ancient city Suzhou has been developing really fast in recent years. Booming not only in economy and finance, the tourism in Suzhou has been greatly promoted as well. In the section, ShanghaiFocus will provide you with all-round and useful information as your guide when traveling in Suzhou.
What to do in Suzhou
Hundreds of Suzhou gardens, celebrated food streets as well as bars and teahouses spring up , being another main point appealing to tourists. Stamped with traditional Suzhou styles, Suzhou Garden is a must-visit spot that should be added on your list. Such yummy delicacies as Squirrel-shaped mandarin fish, Jiaohuazi (beggar's ) chicken, Sweet dried bean etc. enjoy great reputation both home and abroad. While reputable specialties like Biluochun Tea, Song Brocade, Suzhou embroidery along with Taicang dried meat floss are the best gifts for travelers to bring to their families, relatives and friends. If you want to experience the real Suzhou culture and custom, the teahouse is a must-go place, as a variety of famous Chinese Green Teas and the local Pintan are available here.
Transportation in Suzhou is accessible and quite convenient. Suzhou is in possession of a large public transportation network and average daily passenger volume. The means of transportation are various from buses, taxis to trains and ships by which tourists can easily travel around Suzhou or the neighbor towns and cities. However, if you prefer to travel by air, you have to go to Shanghai or Wuxi since it does not possess its own airport. But do not worry, frequent daily bus can easily send you to these cities, which takes you only a small amount of time.
Weather and Best Visiting Time
Located in the lower reach of Yangtze River, Suzhou enjoys the subtropical ocean monsoon climate which is fairly warm and humid, with four seasons distinct. The spring and autumn is shorter while the summer and winter is a little longer. As the average temperature is about 16 degrees, the winter in Suzhou is also comfortable,so it is a hot destination for tourists all year round. Especially, from April to October, the garden city is green and covered with blooming flowers. Strolling the city during this time, you can't help acclaiming the city as"heaven on earth".
When paying the visit in Suzhou, do remember to bring your camera to Kodak your wonderful journey here. Since Suzhou is well policed, safety will not be a big problem here but do keep an eye of your own property as some minor thefts will still happen from time to time. In China, you can call 110(like 911 in US) to inform police and ask for help.