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TravelPod Member ReviewsPingjiang Lodge Suzhou
Classic Chinese house with modern updates. Excellent location, walking distances to many private gardens and the Suzhou Museum.
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Suzhou was my ancestors' home so it occupied a special place in my heart. It is a beautiful and classic city. Marco Polo praised it as the "Oriental Venice" and the author of "The Allure of Suzhou" said the city needs to be explored by foot and felt by heart. We started our visit at Zhou Zhuang - one of the many small water towns near Suzhou. This …
... s Garden. While lovely, it was crowded and not free. Riley and Jordan joined us for s boat tour of the famous canals of Suzhou. We negotiated a 'deal' for five of us to go for the price of one: ¥120. We soon learned why. We were herded into a small, crowded room full of others, then herded onto a tour bus. What was sold to us as a 50 minute circular tour of the canals turned out to be a long bus ride followed by a cursory ride on a boat followed by a stop at ...
... in. The old town is surrounded by a canal and is very cute with old style, low rise buildings, lots of lanterns hanging and boats moving slowly round. Our walking was at a slow pace as it is so picturesque! After a while wandering we found somewhere for lunch, and decided to ask for a couple of things we knew we would like (tofu, rice, chicken) but then we just did the "point at a random item" ordering method. ...
... than I was aware. We had our maps and GPS though so set off walking to Suzhou museum and the Humble Administrator's Garden. On the way we stopped at an art gallery which had a great mix of works from war to landscape and people and the place, although small, was genuinely interesting and thought provoking. It also provided a welcome break from the rain and some recently refurbished western style toilets (I am reliably informed). Onwards, we accidentally went into a museum ...
A short bus ride followed by a quick walk brought us to the entrance of the famous Suzhou gardens. Vicky explained that in Chinese gardens there is a natural flow between architectural structures and plants. Artificial elements such as fountains are intentionally omitted so that people can experience the beauty of nature in its purest form. The colors used in the buildings are mostly black, red and gold. An ...