After 2 days of exploring Shanghai, we took off early to catch our 9:16am train to Suzhou.
If you are planning to have a multi-city trip, i always suggest to but train tickets ahead of time so that you can save time in lining up at the and to avoid rushing all over the station.
Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province. Known popularly as the Venice of the East because of its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture.
First order of business at Suzhou is to have a taste of authentic Chinese noodles at Tongdexing. It was selected to be a part of the Chinese documentary A Bite of China (a Chinese documentary television series on the history of food, eating and cooking in China). Chinese noodles originated in the Han Dynasty during 206 BC – AD 220. Tongdexing has gained popularity among citizens for selling 1,000 bowls of noodles every day.
The very reason of our visit in Suzhou is to see the historic water town.
Let me take you to a photo tour of the vast and interesting Tongli Water Town. Buildings by the river were preserved dated way back Ming and Qing dynasties. There are actually chinese families living here.
The city is separated by 15 rivers into seven islets, which are connected through 49 ancient stone bridges in variety of styles.
There are a lot of cafe’s, restaurants, boutiques, specialty shops and souvenir shops within the water town. You can also rent a traditional Chinese costume and use it for photos and for roaming around the water town to get the ancient feels.
You can also see a traditional way of catching fishes through trained cormorants to fish in the rivers. In Cormorant Fishing, fishermen tie a snare in the base of the bird to prevent them from swallowing big fishes.
Walking around Suzhou is just like walking into a gigantic park. It was spring when we went there and i was in awe of the beautiful peach blossoms everywhere.
Hefu Noodle has expanded to over 88 branches around China which originated in Jiangsu. Offering a handful noodle soups, and dry noodles, such as the signature noodles with crab row and bamboo shoots, cold dishes and healthy drinks such as soy bean milk or black sesame milk at the Chinese traditional library-like venue.
I enjoyed the food at Hefu Noodles. It was very delicious and the place was really nice too.
We then passed by the famous Pingjiang Road which parallels Pingjiang River to cap the night. It was a historical street lined with with a lots of restaurants and shops. There are a lot of street food here too so if you fancy to have a taste of local chinese street food, this is the place for you to visit.
We stayed at Jinjiang Inn in Suzhou. It is a Chinese state-owned tourism and hospitality company headquartered in Shanghai.
As Suzhou is a water-town, there is a high presence of mosquitoes in the summer – luckily insect repellant can be found in every convenience store and they don’t carry any known diseases so they’re more of an annoyance than a hazard.
It was again another busy day for us at Suzhou yet i was happy to have seen another beautiful city. A famous Chinese Proverb states that “Heaven has paradise; Earth has Suzhou and Hangzhou.” That being said, upon seeing the beauty of Suzhou, i can never question that proverb and the fact that the classical gardens of Suzhou is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Off to a another city tomorrow. 🙂