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Suzhou lies near the east bank of Taihu Lake, where the Grand Cannel joins Yangtze River. The city has over 20 lakes in different sizes. There are a lot narrow waterways connecting each toher thus it got its name” Venice of China.”
Suzhou served the capital of Wu in the Spring and Autumn Period 2,500 years ago. Suzhou is famous for its picturesque scenery and exquisite private gardens. There were some old sayings about Suzhou: The heaven has paradise; the world has Suzhou and Hangzhou.
Most gardens in Suzhou were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The gardens once numbered 200. The tranquil environment, refined layout, exquisite construction skills, and elegant structural style make Suzhou gardens renowned all over the world. The Humble Administration Garden, the Lingering Garden, Lion Grove and Pavilion of Surging Weaves are the 4 most famous gardens.
The Pavilion of Surging Waves
is one very old garden which was built by a Song Dynasty scholar Named Su Zimei (1008-1048AD). He built a pavilion near the water and named the garden Pavilion of Surging Weaves.
Lion Grove was built in 1350 and believed to be designed by the famous painter Niyunlin in the Yuan Dynasty. There were beautiful rocks in the garden which were shaped like lions.
The Humble Administration Garden was built in 1522 in the Ming Dynasty. The owner of the garden was a high ranking official in the Ming Dynasty. He was demoted because of the confliction with his colleague in the court. Due to his failure in the officialdom he gave his garden the name of Humble Administration Garden. Much of the Garden is covered by water surface. The buildings in the garden either face water or are surrounded by water.
Lingering Garden built in the Qing Dynasty, is divided into several sections, each with buildings, rockeries, ponds, trees, flowers and grass. The different shaped doors and windows offer various views of the beautiful scenery beyond.

The Pavillion of Surging Waves Garden
The Pavillion of Surging Waves Garden
The Lion Grove Garden
The Humble Administration Garden
The Lingering Garden
The Humble Administration Garden
The Lingering Garden

Besides the beautiful gardens, the Tiger Hill in Suzhou is also famous. It is in the suburb of the city. On that hill buried King Wu. According to a legendary story, one white tiger appeared beside the King’s tomb days after he was buried. There is a seven storied pagoda standing on the hill which has around 1,000 year’s history. Now the pagoda leans an angle of 15 degrees. It becomes a symbol of Suzhou.

The Tiger Hill Tower The Broken Beam Hall
The Tiger Hill Tower
The Broken Beam Hall

Silk Museum in Suzhou
Besides the beautiful scenery in Suzhou, silk, embroidery and brocade in Suzhou are also world famous. It is pleasant to visit the Suzhou Silk Museum. Suzhou was the silk capital of China. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties, it was the silk producing center; in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties most of the high quality silk produced for the royal families was made by Suzhou silk weavers. The Suzhou Silk Museum is divided into several parts: the Introductory Hall, the Ancient Exhibit Hall, the Silkworm-Rearing Room, the Silk Weaving Workshop, and the Exhibition Halls. There are also retail stores for purchasing silk. It is worth visiting the Silk Museum in Suzhou. The tour in Suzhou Silk Museum will offer you a good opportunity to learn the history of Chinese silk and the sericulture of China. Of course you can purchase high quality silk products there.
Generally speaking, one day tour in Suzhou is almost enough.

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