Suzhou is a city that sits west of Shanghai, located in southeastern Jiangsu Province. And not only is Suzhou one of China’s major cities and a strong economic center, it is also known for many of its remarkable features—like its canals, bridges and extensive gardens. Furthermore, Suzhou is a wealthy city that takes education seriously and prides itself on the beauty of its natural landscape and rich Chinese culture.
Whether you are interested in visiting the city of Suzhou as a part of Feng Shui Designs, Inc.’s immersion trips to China for feng shui courses, or you’re planning on a solo adventure, get ready, because you are about to learn some important facts!
- It’s a popular tourist city: There are hundreds of towns and cities of various sizes in China to visit, and Suzhou is near the top as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. People from all over the world are drawn to this city, largely due to its cultural attributes that are mirrored in everything from its structures to scenery, including canals, stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens. So don’t let the fact that Suzhou is a popular city among tourists put you off. Get over there and see it!
- The ancient gardens are praised: Some folks in China will tell you that Suzhou’s gardens are the loveliest, most exquisite classical gardens south of the Yangtze River. To prove it, many of Suzhou’s classical gardens have even been recognized internationally, enough so that many were included on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000.
- There are water towns: Like some other cities and towns in China, the city of Suzhou also has water towns that readily attract tourists from around the world. But these particular water towns are not just tourist attractions, because the locals as well as residents of nearby Chinese cities also pay repeat visits. A fun fact about Suzhou’s water towns is that the city is on the Yangtze River, so there are a number of canals running through, with the Grand Canal being the largest. Since Suzhou is surrounded by water all around, it is often referred to as the “Venice of the East,” “the World’s Oriental Venice” or “Venice of China.”
- The food: Need we say more? If you’re going to be in China, then eating all the food is a must—especially the Jiangsu style gourmet cuisine in Suzhou. This type of food has been around for hundreds of years, first created to promote good health for rich and important people and officials, but it’s now available to be savored by all. And we can’t forget the seafood. If you’re a seafood lover, you will want to treat your stomach to authentic Chinese seafood delicacies in Suzhou as often as your trip allows.
Are feng shui courses in your future, or already a key part of your present? If so, consider letting the experts at Feng Shui Designs, Inc. show you feng shui from a different view: China itself! To begin expanding your knowledge, contact us for more information about our classes and immersion trips to China.