48 Hours in Sozhou, China

All about Gardens

Sozhou is all about the gardens. There are nine big ones, over hundreds of acres dotted throughout the old part of town. The gardens have been developed since the 11th century and give a real insight into Chinese design, and their emphasis on tranquility and contemplation. They are beautiful spaces and it is worth staying a couple of days in Sozhou so you can see a few. Click here more information on these UNESCO-Listed gardens.

We stayed at the very central and very beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel. It is located Right Behind the Panmen Gate Garden and has a lovely indoor and outdoor Pool, along with magnificent garden settings. The hotel website has a lot of information on what to do in and Around Sozhou. http://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/china/suzhou.html

We stayed at the very central and very beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel. It is located Right Behind the Panmen Gate Garden and has a lovely indoor and outdoor Pool, along with magnificent garden settings. The hotel website has a lot of information on what to do in and Around Sozhou. http://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/china/suzhou.html

Out and About

Just a 30-minute fast train from the centre of Shanghai, the ancient water town of Sozhou has a wonderful old-world meets high technology feel. Wander the lanes in the old part of town for some delicious hole-in-the wall eateries and a plethora of traditional artisans. Give the kids the camera and let them record what matters most. We got around mostly by bike, and tuk-tuk! The traffic is crazy. Really crazy.

Take an evening boat ride down the old canals at night to see the old parts of town lit up and for a completely different view of this ancient trading city. 

Food, Glorious Food

Spicy curries, oodles of noodles, bean paste treats, iced milk from baby bottles (I know ... a bit weird!), chewy chicken feet amd duck's tongues, fruit from street stalls ...Sozhou was the kid's pick for the best food in China.