Southern Suzhou (Self Guided), Suzhou

The southern region of Suzhou is home to a number of historic attractions and prominent city landmarks. Here you will find the famous Grand Chanel, Pan Gate, Ruiguang Pagoda, Wu Gate Bridge, Great Wave Pavilion, Confucian Temple and Master of the Nets Garden.
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Southern Suzhou Map

Guide Name: Southern Suzhou
Guide Location: China » Suzhou (See other walking tours in Suzhou)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Wu Gate Bridge
  • Pan Gate
  • Ruiguang Pagoda
  • Confucian Temple
  • Great Wave Pavilion (Canglang Pavilion)
  • Shi Quan Street
  • The Master of Nets Garden
  • Guihua Park
Wu Gate Bridge

1) Wu Gate Bridge

Wu Gate Bridge is situated on Grand Canal beside Pan Gate. Wu Gate Bridge is the highest bridge in Suzhou and now the second oldest structure of its kind in the region. The bridge was named so because it was the gateway to the Wu state.
Pan Gate

2) Pan Gate (must see)

Pan Gate, Pan Men, Panmen or Panmen Gate is a famous historical landmark in Suzhou. It is located on the south-west corner of the Main Canal or encircling canal of Suzhou. Originally built during the Warring States Period in the state of Wu, historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old. It is now part of the Pan Gate Scenic Area. Pan Gate is part of the ancient city wall built in 514 B.C. that surrounded and protected Suzhou. Pan Gate was the only entrance to the wall that surrounded ancient Suzhou. It is also known in China for its architecture. It is so famous for its complex of both land and water city gates that many times, people directly refer to it as the "Land and Water Gate". In order to attract more tourists, in recent years, the city of Suzhou has renovated the old wall and built many other attractions around the original gate in the Pan Gate Scenic Area. The present Pan Gate was built in the 11th year of the reign of Zhizheng in the end of the Yuan Dynasty.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ruiguang Pagoda

3) Ruiguang Pagoda (must see)

Ruiguang Pagoda is easily one of the most celebrated historical landmarks in the city. Located on the southwest corner of Grand Canal, Ruiguang Pagoda was built in 247 B.C. with brick and wooden platforms. It was the first pagoda in Suzhou and has officially became a member of the Pan Gate Scenic Area.
Confucian Temple

4) Confucian Temple (must see)

Confucian Temple is a temple dedicated to the memory of Confucius and philosophers of Confucianism. The landmark was originally founded by Fan Zhongyan in 1035, under the Northern Song Dynasty, however construction did not begin until 1474. The complex consists of two courtyards: one eastern and one western. The first courtyard is used for worship, while the second is home to the Confucian academy.
Great Wave Pavilion (Canglang Pavilion)

5) Great Wave Pavilion (Canglang Pavilion) (must see)

The Great Wave Pavilion is located at 3 Cāng Làng Tíng Jie. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Wave Pavilion was built in 1044 CE by the Song Dynasty poet Su Shunqing (1008–1048), on the site of a pre-existing imperial flower garden c 960 CE. It is the oldest of the UNESCO gardens in Suzhou, keeping its original Song Dynasty layout. The 1.6 (ha) garden is divided into two main sections. The garden is sited on a branch of the Fengxi Stream which forms a lotus pond. The garden has 108 leaky windows each one with a unique design.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shi Quan Street

6) Shi Quan Street

Shi Quan Street is one of the most important shopping streets in the city, also home to a large number of first-rate shopping venues. Here you will find fashionable clothes, Su embroidery, splendid handcrafts, as well as antiques, paintings, pottery and porcelain.
The Master of Nets Garden

7) The Master of Nets Garden (must see)

The Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou is among the finest gardens in China. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The initial garden was first constructed over 800 years ago and even though its physical form has changed drastically since, the name and spirit of the garden still remain intact. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Guihua Park

8) Guihua Park

Guihua Park is situated on the south-east section of Suzhou. Surrounded by Grand Chanel, this large park is also home to the southeast corner gate tower as well as the ancient city wall which once protected the city from enemies.

Walking Tours in Suzhou, China

Create Your Own Walk in Suzhou

Create Your Own Walk in Suzhou

Creating your own self-guided walk in Suzhou is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Suzhou

Central Suzhou

Downtown Suzhou is a mix of modern business hub and historic area where time seems to have frozen. Among the attractions worth visiting here are The Suzhou Police Museum, Dinghui Temple, Twin Pagodas, Xuanmiao Temple, and lively Guan Qian Street, all located within a walking distance from each other in the heart of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Northeast Suzhou

Northeast Suzhou

Suzhou is famous not only for its numerous classical Chinese gardens, but also for its variety of cultural venues and sacred temples. While in northeast Suzhou, you will find many attractions, including Suzhou Silk Museum, Folk Customs Museum, Suzhou Museum of Opera and Theatre, and prominent gardens.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
West Suzhou

West Suzhou

Suzhou's western region is an interesting tourist destination, where one will find sacred temples, Chinese classical gardens, ancient buildings, and streets with a variety of shopping options. Check out west Suzhou today!

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 Km or 5.5 Miles
Suzhou Shopping

Suzhou Shopping

Suzhou is an excellent shopping destination, where many travel to purchase prominent Chinese silk embroidery, hardwood articles, sandalwood fans, silk fans, palace fans, jade carvings and various other handcrafts. Visit these shops and you're sure to find something of value.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles