Suzhou Municipal Tourism Administration
Suzhou is one of the most key tourism cities in China.
With a history of more than 2500 years, the ancient Suzhou city was first built in 514 B.C, and now still sits on its original site as it was during the Spring & Autumn period. Suzhou was a city of canals, with three vertical, three horizontal and one-ring waterways crisscrossing the whole city. The city still preserves its unique urban pattern of double chessboard —— ‘streets going parallel with canals’, echoing the classic poetic picture of ‘whitewashed and gray tiled houses sitting on flowing canals.