As a Chinese saying goes, “In heaven there is paradise, on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Suzhou was one of most beautiful cities in China. It is characterized by whitewashed houses, three-lined canals and sumptuous gardens. Suzhou is also famous for its classic Chinese gardens. The gardens contains rocks, trees and flowers, lakes and buildings. No trip to Suzhou is complete without being able to explore the gardens and other must-see attractions.
With a history of over 2,500 years, Suzhou is one of oldest cities in the Yangtze River Basin. With the completion of the Grand Canal during the Sui Dynasty, Suzhou began to prosper as the center of shipping and grain storage, bustling with merchants and artisans. Thus many attractions like gardens, canals, and water towns were built and preserved for today.
With history of more than 2,500 years, Suzhou is very famous historical and cultural city. Its history can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn Period (722 – 481 BCE). In 514 B.C, King Fuchai of Wu (a state in ancient China) ordered Wu Zixu to built a city and name the city after the King – Helv city (now Suzhou). The city, lying against a mountain to the north and facing Taihu Lake to the south, had teh ability to prevent the invasion of the neighboring Chu and Yue states. In 589 CE,the city was named Suzhou and is still used now.
The food in China is typically sour in the east, hot in the west, sweet in the south and salty in the north. Suzhou food belongs to the south. With the development over hundreds of years, there are 12 types of Suzhou food such as cooked food, cookies, candies, sweetmeats, snacks, etc.
Suzhou has a large abundance of local products to offer tourists. Suzhou-style embroidery, calligraphy, paintings, silk, fans, writing brushes and fans are for sale nearly everywhere in this ancient city.