Also known as 'China's Garden City', Suzhou is a city in the
Jiangsu Province which is celebrated for its traditional waterfront
architecture and beautiful gardens. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
are recognised on UNESCO's World Heritage list.
Owing to its position at the centre of the Yangtze River Delta,
almost half of Suzhou's area is covered by water, leading to the
city begin referred to as the 'Oriental Venice'. The city stands on
Taihu Lake, one of the four largest freshwater lakes in China.
Today, Suzhou is a modern city with a bustling commercial
district, but the ancient heritage of the city can be seen in its
beautiful gardens, its original waterways and its courtyard
The highlights of the city are its beautiful gardens and canals,
including the famous 'Garden of the Master of the Nets'. Originally
created in 1140, the enclosed complex is one of the smallest yet
most beautiful of Suzhou's gardens.