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I have a lot of places on my travel bucket list. Basically, my bucket list is pretty simple and pretty comprehensive. I want to go to all of the places. That being said, one of the places I’ve wanted to see for a long time is China. As one of the countries that I learned about as a child in school, I’ve just always thought it would be an interesting place to see. From the few people I know that have been there, the country contains many areas with lovely scenery. One of those areas would be the city of Suzhou.
Suzhou is a city on Southeastern China, approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. Dating back more than 2,500 years, it is one of the oldest cities in the region. If you’re thinking that a location that old would only have a limited amount of things to do and see, you would be mistaken. Boasting over 400 attractions, Suzhuo is one of the most popular destinations in China at the present time.
Some of the most popular attractions in the region are gardens. By gardens I don’t mean a backyard type of garden, I mean a formal classically designed setting suitable for the public. Nine of Suzhuo’s gardens have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Two of the city’s gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lingering Garden, are considered to be the most famous gardens in the whole country of China. The Humble Administrator’s Garden, seen in the video below, is the nation’s largest garden. It is well-known for the collections of small forests within and the gentle sounds of water feature.
Other must-see attractions in the city include the Suzhuo Museum, which is next to the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Here you have the opportunity to see artifacts from the region. You can also learn about the history of silk manufacturing at the nearby Suzhuo Silk Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to see a great amount of scenery if they choose to take a relaxing boat ride in the the world’s longest canal. Depending on the season that you visit you may find one of the city’s many festivals taking place. One such festival is the annual Hanshan Temple Bell Ringing Festival. Each year on December 31, thousands travel to the 1,500-year-old temple to hear the monks strike the bell 108 times which is said to bring good luck in the New Year.
If you are trying to decide where your next trip should be, Suzhuo, China is a reminder that unique locations not commonly heard of are a great way to experience the trip of a lifetime.
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