Discover Suzhou

With its wealth of beautiful canals, water cities, historical monuments and world-famous gardens, Suzhou is a haven for culturally minded sightseers. The WeAreSuzhou “Discover Suzhou” Community is interested in looking beyond the main attractions of this hidden Gem in China, trying to find out the secrets and stories around every corner.Are you seeking a slice of authentic Chinese traditions, are you interested in discovering the beauty and the history of Suzhou? Do you have interesting tips that you would like to share, or do you know Suzhou well, and would you like to guide us on this amazing journey? Join us!

The Discover Suzhou group is an interactive community. Everybody is invited to share and ask for tips and to invite people to discover Suzhou together.

The Discover Suzhou group uses a WeChat group for communication.
If you like to join us, please scan this QRcode in your WeChat and drop us a line.
WeChat id: WeAreSuzhou.


Did you ever hear of the famous Shanghai Mafia Trio “Green Gang Triad”?  Steve Koss, author of “Beautiful Su: A Social and Cultural History of Suzhou”, wrote an intriguing article about the influence of one of the Three Tycoons: “Big Ears Du” on Tongdeli and Tongyili; two untypical and historic lanes in Suzhou with a European ambience.

The Tourism Advanced Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization that was founded in California in 1924. The organization has more than 374,000 members, who improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,400 clubs in over 142 countries.

The Advances Tourism Toastmasters Club in Suzhou – a great community to improve your Public Speaking Skills – by bridging the World.

Album of Suzhou

Album of Suzhou is a series of articles and videos made by a team of international people. They publish on the public WeChat account “Album_of_Suzhou” that you can enter by scanning the QR code. The latest article reports of Campbell’s visit to the Master of the Nets Garden.

The Stone Cats of Shantang Jie

Did you know that Shantang Jie has seven ancient bridges, each guarded by a bluestone cat that differs somewhat in appearance? Find out where to find these cats, which each stand for an auspicious aspect of life.


The Astor Court, located in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is a re-creation of a Ming Dynasty-style, Chinese-garden courtyard. The design of the museum’s Chinese garden is based on Wang Shi Yuan, Suzhou’s Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets.

New Book: "Beautiful Su"

In this monumental new book, Stephen L. Koss paints a vivid picture of just how important Suzhou is to the Chinese nation, its people, and its collective ethos. From its rise as a major cultural and trading center, Koss guides the reader on a journey through more than 2,500 years of Chinese history. He traces the city’s fascinating story from its founding in 514 BCE to its present-day rebirth as a center of hi-tech, pharmaceutical, and textile manufacturing characterized by explosive urban expansion, a fast-growing middle class, and modernization tempered by historical and cultural preservation.

The Wise Traveler

Mr Lincoln Wang, the director of the International Marketing Department of the Suzhou Tourist Bureau, writes interesting blog posts about Suzhou’s Culture and Highlights.

Suzhou - City of Classical Charms

The BBC dedicated a travel special to Suzhou – Gardens, Water Towns, Suzhou Culture, Silk, Modern Suzhou…. Great resources to get a good impression of our beautiful city.

Video - 5 Minute Tour on Pingjiang Lu

Danish Baking Shifu, Lars, is the owner of a cosy coffee shop on Pingjiang Lu.
He takes us on a tour in this historical and famous street.

City Walks in Suzhou

Do you like to explore Suzhou on foot, at your own pace?
There is a website/app that offers five well-designed walking tours that will bring you to temples, gardens, ancient buildings, museums, pagodas, interesting little shops and more.

Historical Suzhou Photos

We found some beautiful historical photos and maps of Suzhou that we would like to share with you. Please visit the photo page to see a slideshow of these amazing images.

Bi Luo Chun Tea

The local tea in Suzhou, Bi Luo Chun, is one of the ten famous teas of China. It has more than 1000 years of history.
Find out where it grows, read some interesting stories about this tea, and learn how to brew the Bi Luo Chun.

The City of God Temple

The Suzhou Chenghuang Miao (also called the City of God Temple) is a Taoist temple in Downtown Suzhou that is very much worth visiting.

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The Discover Suzhou group is part of the WeAreSuzhou community.
Would you like to build or run a group, please contact us, we can make it happen.