Located along the side of lake Taihu in the Changjiang River region, and 100 kilometers east of Shanghai, Suzhou is an ancient cultural city built 2,500 years ago. Suzhou is crisscrossed by rivers. Many private gardens built since the Song Dynasty make the city known for classical gardens. In addition, many historical sites are extremely attractive for visitors.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden: Built during 1506 and 1521 in the Ming Dynasty, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is regarded as one of the four major gardens in China along with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde, and the Garden to Linger In in Suzhou. it is the largest classical garden in Suzhou and is famous for water landscape.
The Embroidery Research: The Embroidery Research Institute is an organization for the study of needling techniques of the Suzhou school of embroidery. Its other task is to provide the State with embroideries for presentation to foreign countries as gifts or for use as exhibits.
Suzhou Gardens: Most of the gardens in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, were private gardens built in ancient China. They are tranquil, exquisite, elegant, and harmonious with nature. Accordingly the builders invented ingenious techniques to put a cramped space to best use. There are lowers and trees, pools, hills, and pavilions, thus forming a natural yet richly landscaped environment. The most famous gardens in Suzhou are the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Garden to Linger In, the Wangshi Garden, and the Lions Grove.
The Garden to Linger In: One of the four major gardens in China, the Garden to Linger In is well arranged and elegant. It was built during the reign of Emperor Jia Qing of the Ming Dynasty(1522-1566). Tiger Hill: Located on the northwestern outskirts of Suzhou, Tiger Hill is 26 meters high. The Slanting Pagoda on the hill was built in the year 959. It is the symbol of ancient Suzhou city.
Hanshan Temple: Hanshan Temple and Shi De, eminent monks of the Tang Dynasty once lived here; hence its name. The temple is famous for its bells, mentioned in a poem by the Tang-dynasty poet Zhang Ji:Beyond the Suzhou walls, the Hanshan Temple rings bells, which reach my boat. On new Year’s eve, the bell rings 108 times, welcoming the New Year.