Suzhou, the Venice of China

A tweet has taken me to Suzhou, a Chinese city some 100 kilometers east of Shanghai, on the Yangtze river. Both the city and it’s surroundings are beautiful and very interesting.

Suzhou (simplified Chinese: 苏州; pinyin: Sūzhōu; Suzhou dialect: [səu tsøʏ]), previously transliterated as Su-chou, Suchow, and Soochow, is a major city located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, located adjacent to Shanghai Municipality. The city situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake and is a part of the Yangtze River Delta region. Administratively, it is a prefecture-level city.
Built in 514 BCE, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are maintained to this day. The city’s stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions within China. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it has also been an important centre for China’s silk industry. It is occasionally dubbed the “Venice of the East” or “Venice of China”

More on Wikipedia

Some cool views of Suzhou

For all of you who enjoy traveling virtually through pictures, here’s selection of some of them I ran across while wandering through Suzhou on Google Earth.

Suzhou canals

Kanal in Suzhou

by Siegfried Epp

木渎水街MUDUSHUIJIE

by liweilin

They call this the Imperial canal, though it looks all the opposite.

Imperial Grand Canal

by Henk van Es

Grand Canal of China in Suzhou, China.

by Nicola e Pina China …

Kaiserkanal

by Michael Kunze, Moers

Temples and monuments in and around the city

盘门丽景楼

by jm__xie

Fisherman’s garden?

Suzhou - Giardino del Pescatore

by Liborio Ribaudo

A bit of the modern metropolis

西环高架上近劳动路入口

by yocobel

suzhou new district (SND)

by Sebastian4Lynn

苏州灵岩山上看木渎镇

by TonyMa

Suzhou’s “Disneyland”

欧式建筑

by ch-w

俯瞰

by ch-w

苏州乐园鸟瞰局部

by Chukyu_To

Lake Taihu

Nearby lake Taihu is the largest of the many lakes surrounding the city, and it’s about 70km wide.

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by chenxiaosong

苏州

by 宋祥龙

Other interesting surroundings

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by QQ:36363-2008

If there are some mistakes in the names or something, please notify me. Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour as much as I did. I’ll probably visit Suzhou again through Google Earth (who knows maybe in person too, some day). If I find other cool posts, there might even be a part 2 of this article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzhou