Suzhou

2 Days/1 Night

 

 

Day 01Arrive in Suzhou

Train Station picks up, tour the Humble Administratorís Garden, and then transfer to your hotel.

 

†† Day 02Leave Suzhou (AB,L)

Visit the famous Grand Canal, Tiger Hill, and Hanshan Temple. Then transfer to Train Station, depart Suzhou.

 

 

 

Hotel

Rating

Low Season

Single Supp

High Season

Single Supp

Conference Center Hotel

4 star

$99

$50

$129

$ 60

v       High season Ė Apr, May, Sep, Oct

 

          Suzhou was named Wu in the ancient times. First built in 514B.C. the city has a rich history of 2,500 years. The old city has generally retained the unique characteristics of the past. We can see its double-chessboard layout in which "the streets and rivers go side by side, while the water and land routes run in parallel"; We can also see its "3 longitudinal. 3 horizontal and one ring like" river course; its small bridges over slowly flowing waters: its "red brick walls with black tiled roofs" and its "historical interests and well-known gardens". Historically this is a remarkable place rich in outstanding talents and natural resources. The city is praised as "the earthly heaven" for its fully developed traditional culture and its scenic gardens.

 

†††††††† The Humble Administratorís Garden 

 

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Built in 1509, the garden is regarded as one of the four major gardens in China along with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde, and the Garden to Lingering in Suzhou. The garden's scenery is focused on a central pond with various buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers and towers located by the water or on hillocks in a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition. Magnificent ponds cover three-fifths of its area. All of the buildings are right next to the ponds, so that the garden seems to be floating on the water. The garden landscape and waterscape are simple, extensive and natural, possessing the traditional appearances of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty.

 

 

††††† †††Grand Canal

 

 

 

 

 

†††††††† Tiger Hill 

 

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Entitled as "the most famous place in Wu region", Tiger Hill, a major tourist attraction in the city, is located on the northwestern outskirts of Suzhou.

36 meters high, 630 meter in perimeter with a total area of 200,000 square meters, It was an artificial hill built more than 2,500 years ago, the same time with the ancient Suzhou city. According to the historic records, it was the tomb of King of Wu Kingdom In 496 B.C., Later it was also famed as a Buddhism hill. With the change of the dynasties, Tiger Hill experienced the rise and the fall endlessly during 2400 years, which leaves us numerous relics of legacy of history. The ancient carving, the horizontal inscribed boards, the couplets, the poems of the celebrities, the various scenes, the paintings and the handwritings, the proses, so forth and so on, the whole reaches a seldom seen amount, that could be hardly found around the world.
The scenery of Tiger Hill has always been regarded down through the centuries as the best in
Suzhou. The Tiger Hill has been the favorite place for poets, writers and painters in various times. Su Dongpo, literary master of the Song dynasty once remarked, "It's a thing for regret to visit Suzhou without seeing the Tiger Hill". So popular is the saying that the Hill becomes a must on the itinerary of every visitor to Suzhou.

The hill features rocks, plants, pagodas and waterfalls together with large number of historical relics. There are 18 famous sites of Tiger Hill, all are the subjects of many a fascinating legend and fairy tale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

†††††††† Hanshan Temple 

 

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Hanshan Temple situated near Maple Bridge to the west of Suzhou City. It was first established in the Liang Dynasty (502-557), more than 1000 years ago. It is said that Hanshan, famous monk of the Tang Dynasty, has been lived and in charged of the temple, hence the name Hanshan Temple.

Destroyed and rebuilt for many times, the present complex mainly dates from the end of Qing Dynasty. Covering an area of 45 hectares, the main architectural structures in this temple include the main hall of Buddha, the hall with a circular gallery, the sutra library, the bell tower, a pavilion tower known as Maple River Tower, etc. There are also cultural relics including the few dozen stone tablets with inscriptions by well-known persons from earlier centuries among which a stone tablet with the poem "A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge" of Tang Dynasty poet Zhangji is the most famous one.

Moon sets, crows cry and frost fills all the sky;
By maples and boat lights, I sleepless lie.
Outside
Suzhou Hanshan Temple is in sight;
Its ringing bells reach my boat at
midnight.

By Zhangji

Nowadays, listening to the bell tolls of the Hanshan Temple on the New Year's Eve is an exceptionally grand occasion and a special tour item. On every New Year's Eve, thousands of visitors at home and abroad gather inside and outside of the temple to listen to the one hundred and eight bell tolls and pray for luck and happiness in the next year.

 

 

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