Heaven on Earth: Suzhou, China; Daniel Goh; CNA

China – Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Ancient Suzhou is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghai.

SUZHOU: Whether you are based in Shanghai or on yet another routine business meeting to this Chinese city, you might want to break the monotony of your schedule with a quick side trip to the charming city of Suzhou. At just about 30 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed rail (or a more leisurely 90-minute drive), Suzhou is almost part of Shanghai’s suburbs.

Woven amid its own cluster of skyscrapers and industrial parks, historical Suzhou retains some of its softer charms – winding canals and classical gardens abound in this ancient city long-admired for its Ming dynasty era architecture.

In this city, there are four enormous lakes and a canal system that dates back 2,500 years so you are never far from an Instagram-worthy body of water.

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