The picturesque city of Suzhou in China is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta region. It is part of the Jiangsu Province with Shanghai to its east and the Yangtze River to the north. Almost half of Suzhou is covered in water and has been dubbed ‘Venice of the Orient’. The city itself is divided in half by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal that runs through its center from north to south. For visitors to Suzhou, serviced apartments are a convenient choice and make for an ideal base from which to explore this ancient, beautifully landscaped city.
The weather remains favourable all year round making it the perfect tourist destination. The classical gardens which have put Suzhou on the map, have gained a reputation for being some of the most beautiful in the world. Many of the landscaped areas were designed and built during the Ming Dynasty. Despite being built thousands of years ago, a number of them are well preserved to this day. The Humble Administrator’s Garden or Zhuozheng Garden, the Lingering Garden also known as Liu Garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets (Wangshi Garden), the Villa with Embracing Beauty known as Huanxiu Mountain Villa are a few of the noteworthy places that are located in close proximity to each other; Citadines Xinghai Suzhou is also located nearby, giving visitors a reputed accommodation option in the heart of the city.
The high praise earned by these gardens is as a result of their breathtaking natural beauty, which has been enhanced with the construction of ponds and pavilions that blend harmoniously with the existing features. The city of Suzhou currently maintains more than sixty gardens, a number of which appear on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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