What is the weather like in Suzhou and when is the best time to travel there?
Suzhou is in a semi-tropical area and has a comfortable monsoon climate. Suzhou is a beautiful water city in China. Winter is usually rainy, which makes it feel colder than it is. Summer is very hot. So the best time to travel to Suzhou is spring and fall. What a cozy thing to enjoy the amazing scenery on a pleasant day!
What should I take along with while traveling to Suzhou?
It is recommended that you bring comfortable shoes. You will undoubtedly be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. Sunscreen is recommended, as well as carrying bottled water with you. If you are a photography lover, do not forget your camera, film and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself. Besides, an umbrella is a must. Shower in Suzhou is frequent, so bringing an umbrella with you is a good choice.
What kind of vehicles is available for getting around in Suzhou?
In Suzhou, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, buses, minibusses, pedicabs and of course your private driver. There are also cars and bikes for rent.
What are accommodations like?
There are many kinds of hotels in Suzhou. For the 5-star hotels, we recommend the Pan Pacific Suzhou. For the 4-star hotels, we recommend the Bamboo Grove Hotel. For the 3-star hotels, we recommend the Gusu Hotel and the Garden Hotel Suzhou. There are also many small hotels which are clean and pleasant.
What cuisine options are there in Suzhou? Are there other options besides only local foods?
The cuisine available in Suzhou is quite diverse. The local food in Suzhou has an almost endless variety and is far more delicious than anything you can find in a "Chinese" restaurant in the west. We highly suggest you try the foods. We are fairly certain you will love it. There are also many Western restaurants in Suzhou as well as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and KFC.
What are the currency and the ATM system in Suzhou like?
Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Suzhou, but you can exchange your money at the many Bank of China outlets throughout the province. Most major hotels in Suzhou will accept major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find.
Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Suzhou do not need to worry about the language barrier. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the staff in the star-rated hotels can speak English.
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