China was one of the first stops on my big trip in 2010 and it remains one of the most unique and vibrant places I’ve ever been. I lived like a local in Xi’an, visited the pandas in Chengdu, and walked until my feet hurt on the Great Wall of China. I spent over 3 months in total in the country, eating, learning and just soaking up the weird and wonderful ambiance of China.
But I never made it to Suzhou. In fact, I didn’t really know much about Suzhou at all until I was contacted to promote this contest by Visit Suzhou. Then I started researching and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. Even though this post is branded content, believe me when I saw I seriously want to visit this pretty looking city.
Here is why Suzhou is going on my list for our next trip to China:
Suzhou is just a 30 minute bullet train ride away from Shanghai, but it’s an entirely different kind of city. While Shanghai is smoggy and industrial Suzhou is known as the Venice of China due to it’s many canals and elegant bridges.
The Classical Gardens
Suzhou is known for it’s many beautiful gardens, which collectively are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built over the course of one thousand years (!), the gardens are unique, artistic, and look incredible.
The most important reason to go anywhere, but particularly anywhere in China, is for the food. Suzhou has it’s own unique cuisine, which is known to be slightly sweet with an emphasis on fresh produce and fish. Fried crabs are popular, as is a rather perplexing sounding dish called “squirrel shaped Mandarin fish.”
How fun would it be to explore this relatively unknown side of Chinese food?
Win a Trip to Suzhou
Suzhou Tourism is giving 9 North Americans (plus one guest each) the chance to visit Suzhou, all expenses paid.
The winners will receive a quintessential Suzhou experience including visits to a selection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and authentic experiences at iconic restaurants. Trip includes round-trip airfare, hotel, most meals, and transportation within Suzhou.
Enter here to win a 6-day vacation package to Suzhou, China. Enter to win now through October 23.
Disclosure: This sweepstakes promotion is a collaboration with Visit Suzhou, but all writing is my own and I have no say in the contest outcome.