Suzhou, China is situated in the southeast part of the Jiangsu Province. Known for its canals and gardens, Suzhou is the most famous attraction of the Province. Blending nature, architecture, and poetry, the gardens are truly works of art that make Suzhou famous. Suzhou was mentioned in 484BC. And since then it was the capital of the State of Wu during the Period of Warring States from 403-221 BC. It flourished in the early sixth century and was linked to the capital through the Grand Canal. Encircled by the Grand Canal, Suzhou has its unique crisscrossing waterways and streets lined with houses and stone bridges. It was called a paradise on Earth in ancient times and is known as the Venice of the East today. Suzhou was very prosperous during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Many of China rich people settled here and the local traders became wealthy. Much of the money was spent on gardens. Large and small gardens can be found tucked behind houses and behind its narrow streets. The objective behind the gardens was to create the illusion of a universe in a confined area and the objective was surely realized in Suzhou. A Suzhou excursion around the gardens can effectively demonstrate the rocky crags zigzagging bridges, and winding paths mixed with the garden spaces completed with ponds, fountains, and pavilions.
During the Ming and Qing dynasties Suzhou saw a period of economic feudal prosperity and cultural flowering. A number of great masters appeared ad the art of landscape gardening reached its apogee. Many gardens have survived to the present day and are opened to the public such as the Blue Wave Pavilion, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets was built in the Song Dynasty and the Lion Gate was built during the Yuan dynasty. In addition, there is the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Garden of Cultivation was built in the Ming Dynasty. There is the Garden of Lingering In and the Coupling Garden, the Garden of Harmony, the Garden of Maple, and the Zigzag Garden in the Qing dynasty. They are truly beautiful gardens. Ride on the Grand Canal which is China's ancient commercial waterway.
Take a Suzhou excursion to visit the Garden of the Net Master and the Panmen Gate in order to appreciate the silk spinning process which represents perhaps the greatest style in China. A Suzhou excursion to the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the Embroidery Institute is a one of a kind experience. You would also love to visit Tiger Hill where the Administers Garden is. You will also love to visit a silk factory.
A Suzhou garden is the originator of urban scenery which is a bit of the real world made out of water, plants, rocks, and buildings. All of the elements are arranged in such a way that they reflect the sequential beauty of the garden,; there is also the passing of time and the turning of the seasons within the boundaries of the wall add sequestered life to the bustling city. Some other scenic spots in Suzhou include the Temple Garden, Garden of Harmony, and the Garden of Mystery all make China famous.
A Suzhou excursion around the city's gardens is the best sightseeing option for people traveling in China.