Gardens, waterside villages relay ancient, modern-day life.
In a country so deeply steeped in future forward industrialization, China’s few preserved pathways to the past are to be treasured. And so it is with Suzhou, just over an hour from Shanghai but so mired in the Song Dynasty that time must be taken to meditate on the marvels of its 69 preserved gardens and waterside villages where it is still possible to find a seat at the “Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”
Tabbed the Venice of China, Suzhou is an easy day trip from Shanghai, 70 miles away (about 90 minutes drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, PVG). For those hubbing in Beijing, the mileage is a little lengthy – 850 miles and five hours by high-speed train.