Suzhou is a beautiful city with landscape gardens, old canals and stone bridges, which make for great places to wander through. It is also a key silk production center, a tour to a silk factory provide an interesting and educational experience. And the nearby water towns like Tongli, Zhouzhuang, and Xitang make for great day trips. 2 nights/3 days allows you to get a good taste of Suzhou and a water town at a moderate pace.
Once you are in Suzhou, a garden tour is a must, choose one or two of the following gardens: the quaint Lingering Garden, then big Humble Administrator’s Garden, Master of Nets Garden and the Lion Grove Garden. When you have had enough of the gardens, pay a visit to No.1 Silk Factory where you can learn how silk is produced from the pure silk products are made from a small cocoon. Take a leisure cruise on the Grand Canal which gives a glimpse of local life along the riverside. And if you a half day or full day left, extend to Tongli Water Town on the outskirts of Suzhou, which lets you have a look back in time.
Going through the tour ideas below will help you know how to best split your time in Suzhou attractions and make the most out of your journey.