So far I have been to two churches in Suzhou. This one is undoubtedly bigger with stunning scenic spot. It is located by the bank of beautiful Yangcheng lake of Suzhou, China. I didn't go inside the church but I was satisfied enough with the outside scenic view. If you see my captures you might get an idea about this place. From Suzhou downtown (Time Square) this place is about 30 mins drive by car. If you desire to see Suzhou city from bird's eye view then you can experience the helicopter ride which is within walking distance from the church.
A beautiful place with numerous scenic spot like hills, lake, tea garden etc. If you live or stay in Suzhou then you can cover this place within couple of hours and the distance from downtown is about an hour drive by car. Better to be there in the morning and return in the evening to see everything with satisfaction. Don't forget to try coffee while sitting outside the cafe and experience the tranquility of surroundings.
Hanshan Temple, Suzhou, China
Hanshan Temple is situated in the west suburbs of Suzhou. It was first constructed in the Liang Dynasty. During the Tang Dynasty a famous monk called Hanshan lived in the temple. Later renamed after his name. The temple used to be one of the 10 most famous temples in China.
The nearest excursion with lot of travel availability, that you can take from Shanghai is Suzhou. With all of my friends, we drove the car to the Jiangsu province; as we like the road trip but not too far. Also there are very good options available, by taking the high speed train from Shanghai to Suzhou at Hongqiao railway station. Comparatively the trains are super fast, and will get you there in 40 minutes.
On the first day, half of it went in driving and so we went to the Taihu lake straightaway to get some cool breeze. And the serenity and peace it gave us is immense. I always have had deep thoughts when sitting in front of water, and it goes as deep as the water in front of you 😍. We grabbed some coffee and spent the evening there; couldn't move away though. The Suzhou eye is the highlight.
The next day was a visit to the famous Tiger hill. As it was a national holiday as well, we have to wait in the line to get tickets and get inside; which took 1 hour. Then we went around to see the buddhas and the tower. It was a bit crowded, but we managed it. Then we went to a nearby street food, where we got to taste the local cuisine.
On the last day, we don't want to venture into a crowded place; so chose to go to the Suzhou gardens where you can see the golden fishes in the pond. Then there's a nearby temple, where they have tradition of tying things in the tree that they wish. Then we drove back to Shanghai. Have a great trip guys !! #qingmingtravel #urbanexplorer #suzhoutravel
Another trip idea for Qingming Festival - Nanjing!
I managed to pack a ton of activity into one day but there is more than enough to keep you busy in this city for 3 days.
First up was the Nanjing City Wall. This wall acts as one of the best kept records of the Ming Dynasty; each brick is inscribed with the name of the official responsible for quality control as well as the city of origin. If your name was on a brick deemed to be of poor quality it was punishable by death 😵
You can honestly walk along the city wall for hours just taking in the sights of the city.
Next I checked out Usnisa Palace, a 9-floor Buddhist temple with six of the floors being underground (it felt like I’d taken a million escalators by the time I finally reached the bottom!) Only 3 sections of the temple are open to the public, but they are all absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit.
For the last part of my trip I took a boat ride along the QinHuai river. Since this was at night, the lights were gorgeous reflecting on the water. On top of the beautiful lights, there were even dance performances throughout the route of the boat trip!
More things to do in Nanjing include the Nanjing Museum and the Nanjing Massacre Museum if you’re interested in learning more about the city’s history and culture. If you’re a foodie like me, you might want to stroll through the Confucius Temple area and snack your way around it 😉
Hands down one of my favorite cities in China.
#urbanexplorer #qingmingtravel #travelinspiration
From the quaint Humble Administrator’s Garden to Lingering Garden and more, Suzhou makes for a beautiful weekend escape into a city filled with culture, art and nature 💚
I loved wandering past the picturesque canals and exploring the numerous stone bridges, temples, pagodas and lush gardens that have attracted visitors for thousands of years - and for sure, if you haven’t already been, you will too!
Plus, at only an hour’s train ride away from Shanghai, it makes for a super easy getaway when you don’t want to (or can’t) travel too far.
#awesome #holiday #nanjing
Came to Yangzhou for the Qingming festival, and the Slender West Lake is number 1 on literally every “things to do in Yangzhou” list I’ve seen, so with no desire to experience any FOMO, or think for ourselves, we headed there post-haste.
It was CNY100 to get in, which is a bit steeper than other attractions I’ve been to, but you can spend a good few hours there so on balance, I’d say it’s worth it.
As the name suggests, this is a pretty skinny lake, and walking around it doesn’t feel dissimilar from walking along a river. That said, there’s a lot of nice trees (to my layman’s eye anyway), so it’s a pleasant walk. There were A LOT of people there, so it’s actually not so easy to get a picture of that famous bridge without a traffic jam of leisure boats in front of it. It’s probably not so busy when there’s not a national holiday though.
In summary, I’d give Slender West Lake a 7 out of 10: it’s a’ight.