Suzhou has more than 4000 years of history since recorded, and was founded in 514 B.C. Fu Chai's father He Lv commanded Wu Zixu to build the capital of Wu, which has a history of more than 2500 years. Suzhou was once capital of multiple regime---the Wu Kindom in Spring and Autumn period( 770-476BC), the Yue Kindom in Warring State period( 403-221BC), the Wu Kindom in the Three Kingdoms (220-280,three kindoms is Wei魏220-265, Shu Han蜀汉221-263 and Wu 吴222-280)and the Zhang Wu at the end of the Yuan Dynasty. The famous historian Gu Jiegang proved that Suzhou is the first ancient city in China. Suzhou has totally 489 cultural relics protection units, 34 state-level scenic spots, 101 provincial tourist attractions. Suzhou's sightseeing spots numbers are only after Beijing and Xi'an city in China.
Suzhou city is near to Shanghai, it takes 25 minutes by high speed train from Shanghai to Suzhou. It is a famous garden city in the world. Many tourists around the world come here everyday for sightseeing. It is popular, you will love it. The city's canals, stone bridges, p(website hidden)s, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Since the Song Dynasty (phone number hidden)), it has also been an important centre for China's silk industry. The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East " or "Venice of China" and "the Heaven on Earth" .
My house is 1st floor----Hutong Style ancient house, traditional white wall and deep grey old style brick roof. If you like the old style house, living here is the good choice. It is very easy for old people or kid’s trip, you don’t climb the typical Chinese apartment floor. It is located in very center of Suzhou city, nearby you could see canals everywhere, also very easy to many famous sightseeing spots by walk. Such as 1 minute walk to Master of Nets Garden, 2 minutes to a famous bar street, 10 minutes to Historical Pingjiang Road etc, 10 minutes walk to the oldest garden in Suzhou—Canglang Pavilion etc. If you like walking, you can walk everywhere, such as Guan qian Street, Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum etc. I believe that you will save a lot of taxi fee…
The house has a yard for you to have a good rest after one day’s trip, drinking some beer and looking at sky stars and enjoy the quiet city night…There are total three rooms inside house, every room has private bathroom. Decoration is new with Free Wifi, closet, air-conditioner, refrigerator etc. No matter 1 person, 2 persons or 6 persons trip, you all could enjoy your stay. If you are more than 6 persons, you please let me know, I will arrange you to live in another big apartment.
Bath Towel, Towel, Slipper, Tooth Brush and paste, body washer, hair washer, drier etc are all available. During your trip you only need bring your clothes with you then you will have a cozy trip in Suzhou city or one day trip to near cities, such Shanghai, Wuxi, Nanjing, Hangzhou etc.or go to some water towns, such Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Wuzhen, Xitang. Even you also could go by high speed train to Beijing from Suzhou city, which need around 5 hours by train. Between Suzhou city and Shanghai International Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport, there are airport long distance buses. So no matter you go to airport from Suzhou, or from airport to Suzhou directly, both are very convenient, airport bus is another choice besides of trains.
Interaction with Guests
During your stay, you will have chance to join traditional Chinese dinners for free, taste some Chinese alcohol etc. Many foreign guests enjoyed it very much. I had good and rich hosting experience, hosting many guests around the world, such as America, New Zealand, Netherland, France, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Singapore etc. All guests like the staying and there are no complains. So please don’t worry, just go ahead for booking. I like making friends and will treat every guest as my family member, I believe that some day we could meet again in one corner of the world…
Around the house, life is very convenient and easy. Many restaurants, Chinese or Western food, and vegetarian restaurants, tea house, bars, coffee house, massage shops etc. Around Streets are very old and fun to see both day and night. You will love this place. Suzhou also had a good transportation system, bus, subway, train, public bike etc. If you love bike, you also could use my bike for free. However many guests think that the Chinese transportation rule is very complicated, they would rather walking and going by bus or taxi. If you stay here long time you will get used to it. Smile…
After check-in, you will see our special made map for famous sightseeing on your room table, and also some good trip plans for your reference. To different sightseeing place, I will give you the bus route both in Chinese and English. You can show it to the bus driver, they will let you get off the bus when arrival. You will have a good bus experience here Smile...
Other Things to Note
I can speak English very well, so there will be no any communication problems.
Loving my house as your own, and treat yourself at home, I belive you could do it.
Landlady are very fluent in English and have knowledge of a variety of popular attraction. Then, she have a map of near the location and that would be helpful. And meals that treat us are very satisfied.
We had the best time staying with Lily and her family and touring around the Suzhou area. Lily was very knowledgeable about Suzhou and had prepared all kinds of information for us ahead of time, along with Chinese dialog in case we needed help. She knew everything about bus numbers, schedules, train stations, etc. She also prepared delicious meals for breakfast and dinner, even when we slept late and returned late. She speaks English very well so communication was not a problem at all. She was there when we needed her but also gave us plenty of privacy at the same time. Suzhou in the December can be quite cold, but our room was warm and comfortable.
This is a great opportunity to experience everyday life for a Chinese family, as well as to explore the city of Suzhou.
Lily was a wonderful host during my one week stay in Suzhou. She supplied information for getting about in the town, help with rail bookings and excellent advice.Lily and her husband have very good English skills, which is important in Suzhou if you have no Chinese.
Lily and her mother prepared Chinese breakfasts and dinners and invited me to eat with her charming family. The room and amenities were very comfortable with a queen-sized bed, and very light.
Lily has two locations available. The one I chose was her family apartment about 15 min by bus out from central Suzhou. She also has a small, self contained apartment in the centre of Suzhou old town. I can fully recommend Lily as a host in either of these locations.
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I am Lily, born and raised in China. I am very familiar with Suzhou City and Shanghai City, if you plan to travel around the city, please live here and I will try my best to help your traveling here.
I also like travelling very much, and wish that we could be good friends and will recommend some good place for me when I come to your country someday. So when you come to my place, I will treat you in the best way and let you feel like being home.
I like making friends and help foreign visitor to know my city, to know China better, it will make me very satisfied and happy.
Suzhou is a very special city, it has thousands of year history, and it likes the book, when open very page, you will find different. There is a saying "In the heaven, there is the beautiful paradise; in the earth, there are beautiful Suzhou & Hangzhou. Suzhou is the typical southern Chinese riverside town. It is worth for you to spend several days here.
Welcome to live my place. The best cost performance and house will give you a cherished good memory among your whole trip in China.
Thank you and good luck.