Suzhou, famous for the elegant landscaped gardens, is a popular tourist destination in China. The landscape gardens show a unique Chinese architectural style. Besides, there are several water towns near Suzhou. The tranquil village, bridge, river and people get along harmoniously with each other. Here, visitors may feel that time stops.
Lingering Garden: It is one of Suzhou's four most famous gardens. The garden used to be the private residence of a very rich merchant. It is so huge and so beautiful and extravagant. In this garden, there are full of people wearing Tang Dynasty style clothing and playing a musical instrument, such as Pipa and Sanxian. They do that simply for the enjoyment of visitors. It really made the garden come alive. The cool thing about these Suzhou gardens is that they are designed so that visitors can only see what the creators intended them to see at any given moment. As soon as you turn a corner a whole new scene opens up and visitors are rewarded with scenes more splendid than the one they were just in. The Lingering Garden was filled with small hills, rockeries, caves, paths, pavilions and much more. How wonderful it is!
Pan Gate: It is one of the two remaining ancient gates in Suzhou and the only remaining water gate in China. The area originally had a temple, and only the pagoda is left from it now. The pagoda is well over a thousand years old and quite beautiful. The entire area has been turned into a scenic spot. It is large and very nice. There are many gardens, pavilions, and ponds scattered throughout the area. It is a very nice place to stroll and relax.
Humble Administrator's Garden: It is also one of Suzhou's four famous gardens. It was totally different than the Lingering Garden. It was built during the Ming Dynasty by an official who was disillusioned with official life and decided to retire and move back to his hometown of Suzhou. He built the garden as a place to relax and forget about the cares of the world. The garden is huge! Each building and pavilions were meticulously placed and each has wonderful stories about them. The garden's ponds and rivers are filled with lotus plants and when they are in bloom the garden draws visitors from all over for its Lotus Flower Festival.
Grand Canal: Also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, is the longest ancient canal in the world. It was first built in the Sui Dynasty. The Grand Canal communicates the north and the south in ancient times. It plays an important role in increasing the economic, politic, and cultural communication between the north and the south. It is an architectural wonder in the world!
Water towns: One of the most renowned is Zhouzhuang, an ancient water village. It is also filled with canals and ancient buildings. It has some very famous bridges, such as the Twin Bridge and the Fu An Bridge which shows the traditional architectural style. They have been used in advertising around the world, but most people wouldn’t know where they were from unless they actually went to Zhouzhuang. The streets are lined with shops selling antiques, food, local snacks, artworks, and so on. It is a very popular place with visitors. A lot of movies are played here.
Another good example is Tongli Water Town, which is quiet and peaceful. No cars are allowed into the Tongli village. The village is filled with elderly people and they are quick to smile at visitors. Sitting next to a canal with your feet in the water, or sitting in a teahouse watching the gondolas pass by is a cozy thing! Tongli has several gardens also and when the tourists leave they are deserted and very magical. In such a quiet water town, visitors may fully experience the harmony with nature.
In Suzhou, there is much more surprise waiting for you and many things to do. It is really a nice place to experience the wonderful landscape and culture of China!
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