[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nestled a few miles away from Shanghai is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin of China. It’s known as the city of gardens, and was dubbed Gou Wu but the local tribes in the area, but in today’s modern world it’s known as Suzhou.
Suzhou is on the Shanghai-Nanjing corridor which carries three parallel railways. The Suzhou railway station near the city center is one of the busiest passenger stations in China. It serves and provides service between Bejing-Shanghai railways and the Shanghai-Nanjing intercity railway (high speed trains).
Suzhou is also famous for it’s many gardens. The first garden can be traced back to the 6th century BC. These private gardens reached their zenith in the Ming and Qing dynasties, with about 200 gardens scattered around the city. In today’s time there are only 69 preserved, nine of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Another main attraction to this beautiful city are the canals. Some have also dubbed the city as the “Venice of the East” because they have so many enchanting canals and winding waterways. Suzhou’s dynamic water passages are among the oldest and most charming in the world. The most noticeable of all of them would be the Grand Canal.
The Suzhou Grand Canal, like the Great Wall is one of China’s most magnificent and astounding creations. it’s about 1,200 miles from end to end and it’s considered the longest man made waterway in the world. It stretches from Beijing in north China all the way to one of the southern most cities Hangzhou. The origins of the Grand Canal trace back to 495 B.C., making it more than 2000 years old.
Make sure when you come to Suzhou you hit the gardens and the waterways for a great authentic experience.
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