Suzhou city 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. Originally founded in 514 BCE, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are abundant to this day. The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, 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".
Suzhou City is very near to Shanghai, it is called "paradise on earth" by its beautiful scene, changes all times. From Shanghai to Suzhou only need 25 minutes by high speed train. The house is located in Gusu District, all city center is called Gusu District in Suzhou, it is near to several famous sightseeing spots.
During your travelling, if you choose my house, I think it is convenient for you to visit both Shanghai and Suzhou, also very near to Wuxi City, also easy to go to Nanjing, Hangzhou city etc. Moreover the living cost going down much.
During your stay, you will be free to join our family dinner and try to eat many traditional Chinese cooking, if you like it, you could have dinner with us every night for free. Many guests like it very much. Staying with us, you really could get better understand Chinese culture.
If you want to go to Beijing, there are many bullet trains per day from Suzhou to Beijing, only need 5 hours by train, very fast and convenient, if you wan to save money, you also coud book the night train from Suzhou to Beijing, around 11 hours, in the morning you could arrive at Beijing. I could help you to book the tickets ahead of days, sometimes the train tickets are tight to sell, I will be happy to help you to buy without any charge.
Shanghai is a modern city, there are many shopping malls. For a foreign visitor, in my opinion, the worth sightseeing spots are: Shanghai Bund, Shanghai Museum, and East Pearl TV Tower, Chenghuang Temple. I am also very familiar with Shanghai, I stayed there for 8 years before, so that I can give you some information you need. Comparing with Shanghai, Suzhou is a tourist city, there are many foreign tourists come here everyday. In China, 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. I think 1 day trip from Suzhou to Shanghai, it is enough in my opinion.
The Suzhou city is more worth for sightseeing, because there are much more beautiful famous sightseeing spots. Such as Tiger Hill, Lingering Garden, Hanshan Temple, Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Guanqian Street, Stone Road, Shantang Street, Jinji Lake, Tai Lake. The canal is also very beautiful, you could sit in the ship and enjoy the night canal scene, very cheerful.
The house is very close to Hanshan Temple and Maple bridge Scenic, the Tang Dynasty poet named Zhangji wrote a very famous poet about the Hanshan Temple and Maple bridge. It takes only 15-20 minutes by walk to Han Shan Temple.
One of China's famous four Gardens----Lingering Garden, very close too, it takes about 5-8 minutes by bus or 25 minutes by walk. Many tourists like this garden, inside of this garden, there are also many free ancient music instruments performance, very nice!
A famous Song Dynasty poet, Su Dongpo once said, "It is a lifelong pity to have gone to Suzhou without a visit to Tiger Hill." From the house, It takes 15 minutes to go there by a direct bus. Tiger Hill is famous for the Lean Tower, as similar as Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. If you like walking, you could go by walk, need around 30-35 minutes from home.
Nearby the house there is a transit hub station, there are a lot of bus lines. 5 minutes to the train station. At the same time, it is very convenient for you to visit many other spots, such as the stone Road Pedestrian Street, Guan Qian Walk Street, Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Lion Grove Garden etc, easily and fast.
There are many airport buses everyday from Shanghai Airport directly to Suzhou city, which can take you from Suzhou to Shanghai Pudong airport or Hongqiao Airport very easily. If you want to be easy with luggage, you also could choose the airport bus to Suzhou instead of train and subway.
After check-in, you will see our special made map for famous sightseeing on your room table. I also could make the best tourist plan 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. I think in your whole trip, you could save a lot of taxi fee. Smile...Besides, I will arrange some time at night or on weekends to accompany you to visit some good spot and also some free sightseeing, you never can find it on the travelling book, smile...I also prepare a phone for you to use, when you need my help outside, you could call me. These services are all total free for you. Because I love making friends, and let them know better my city and stay happily, that will make me feel very happy and satisfied. One day when I travel, I expect I will get the same happy experience. Smile…
If you want to explore Suzhou and have much courage to go by bike in China, you could use our bikes for free. But a lot of guests, they are scared of traffic in China, would rather going by bus or walk in China.
Around the house, there are many restaurants, for different taste in China, the coffee shop, milk shop, big supermarket—Carrefour, banks etc many other small supermarket nearby, It is very easy for you to buy daily stuff. I will recommend you some shops according to your taste.
Inside of house, the floor is imported from the Germany, it is a cork flooring, very soft underfoot, really comfortable. However please protect it more carefully, water and other liquid, please don’t drip on the floor, if happens, please clean it in time. Thank you.
Bedding, towels and other toiletries are timely replaced, cleaning, disinfection, please feel easy to use. Shampoo is well-known brand, Sunsilk, bees and flowers. Room with free internet and also support mobile wireless Internet access. We have computers for you to use randomly. The house has 55 inch big TV, you could watch the 3D movie at home, or many other foreign movies by TV. Besides we also can provide free laptop computers, and for you to watch movies, you are welcome to choose my DVD collection, including Chinese and Foreign movies etc.
The breakfast is very good and rich, there are some Chinese traditional food like dumpling, steam bread etc. milk, fruit, porridge, yogurt, Chinese pie， eggs, etc, I assure you will like to taste...If you don't like Chinese food, we also have bread and cereal etc.
If need the whole day translation and sightseeing accompany, Or the car service. Please tell me in advance. I will be happy to arrange well for you.
It is lucky for us to meet, I would like to make new friends, Wish my house would bring you happy, relaxed and home-like mood, add more beautiful and cherished memories to your trip in Suzhou, in China. Warmly Welcome you...
Remarks: The apartment is on 6th floor, there is no lift.(If you want to live in the house of first floor, please let me know. I own an ancient house for your choice.) In China, all building equal or below 7th floor, there are all no lifts. But don’t worry, we could help you to carry your luggage upstairs, for us it is easier. After your arrival of downstairs, you could press 603 by side of glass security gate to ring me, we will come down to help you.
Lily is a truly amazing host. Not only that she helped us navigate the city, buy train tickets, book flights...she also made every effort to make our stay in her apartment pleasant and enjoyable.
It would be hard to find a better host and guide. No matter how early we wished to have breakfast or what complicated bus or sightseeing route we planned, Lily made it all possible. Corresponding with her prior to our stay was also extremely easy, informative and helpful. Her apartment is in a quiet residential area in the west of town, but with good bus links to Suzhou Centre, the train station and major sights (and thanks to Lily`s detailed instructions, using the buses is easy even for non-Chinese speakers). Staying with her family made us feel more like Suzhou residents than like tourists. Every day Lily offered Chinese-style breakfast and dinner, with a good variety of dishes so you can experience local cuisine. We can highly recommend staying with her!
I will never forget my dear friend, Lily. She was not only a host to me, but we became great friends. We began discussions about the trip a few months before my arrival, and she helped me purchase my train tickets online since I was traveling to several cities.
Lily and her husband are very sweet and caring people. Each morning there was breakfast, and every night we would eat dinner together. It was as if I was a part of the family. Excellent food, I might add! :)
Lily was very prepared and had created guides for each site, which was extremely helpful, considering that the travel guide I brought with me was much too vague. There were a number of nights when Lily take me out to show me around various parts of the city.
Suzhou is really a lovely place, and I recommend that if you do visit, you stay with Lily. You certainly will not forget your trip and you will make a friend for life!
Впечатления очень хорошие.Лили - прекрасная хозяйкахозяйка.Гостеприимная и внимательная.Мы с женой пробыли у нее 14 из 30 дней пребывания в Китае.Она обеспечила нас всей необходимой информацией,по Сучжоу,на английском и китайском языках.Дала полное описание садов и окрестностей.Приложила номера и описания маршрутов автобусов.Когда мы ездили в Гуйлинь и Пекин - помогла купить авиа и железнодорожные билеты,забронировать гостиницы.Для нас,комфортное пребывание в Китае стало возможно,лишь благодаря ей. Лили и мать ее мужа - обе замечательно готовят. Научили и нас,в меру наших способностей.Мы постараемся еще раз приехать к ней.
Jean and Jan:"We enjoyed meeting her other guests - from the Netherlands and from Russia, and her family It was interesting staying in a genuine community and apartment block."...And guests from New Zealand.We very enjoyed too. Natalia,George. Russia. Moscow.
Lily was truly a most fantastic host! We were a large group (5 adults and 3 kids) for 2 nights stay in SuZhou. Lily first of all took a day off from work so she could meet us at the train station. She had also arranged a minivan driver to take us around, which was so helpful! She and her mother in law cooked a delicious dinner for us (total 11 dishes) the first evening we were there and each morning she would bought abundance of different Chinese breakfast for us -- all so tasty and thoughtful! I had honestly never ate that much good food in the mornings! Lily was extremely resourceful. Anywhere you wish to go to or anything you need assistance, she'd be there for you and would have all things arranged smoothly. We were so touched by her kindness and efficiency.
Her house is one of those typical Chinese apt. (on the 6th floor, so get ready for some stairmaster exercise), however, it was huge! She had 4 rooms open for us, each had simple and sweet Chinese decor. The rooms and bathrooms were a bit cool for us coming from the U.S. but certainly clean and comfortable. You could always ask her to turn on the heater, which we did for our babies.
Her husband and son and even her in-laws were also so precious! We enjoyed our conversations with them and my son had a great time playing with BeiBei. Staying with Lily was like having a family relatives in SuZhou and we definitely highly recommend Lily's house if you ever wish for a pleasant personal experience in SuZhou!
I stayed at Lily's for 4 nights and found her to be a most exceptional host. Lily met my friend and I at the train station after we arrived from Beijing on the Bullet Train quite late and accompanied us to her home helping us to find the correct bus. She had food waiting for us even though her family had already eaten. She was so welcoming. Each morning breakfast was prepared for us, and the nights that we were there saw us share the evening meal with the family.
The accommodation is excellent. There is a family room - that I stayed in - that has its own bathroom, and Lily provides shampoos, conditioner, body wash and even brand new toothbrushes! There are two other double rooms that share a bathroom. Everything is spotless and immaculate. Remember to take your shoes off at the door!
Lily has prepared travel information sheets with transport directions in both English and Chinese for you to visit the tourist sites in Suzhou - most are easily accessible from the part of town that she lives in, and the buses are close by and easy to work out direction-wise. Lily's house is close to the Old Town - I just wished that I had more time to explore! I also visited Tiger Hill - take time to have tea in the Teahouse; Lingering Gardens is also delightful, and I really enjoyed the Museum and its surrounds.
Lily was fantastic in assisting with everyday things such as banking and posting and was so kind as to accompany us to the local shops to assist with enquiries, and made recommendations for anything that we asked about. She even arranged a driver (at your own cost - but very reasonable) for a couple of days for us so that we didn't have to wait on the street and hope for a free taxi - the driver was ready and waiting for us - on time - each day.
Absolutely first class - many thanks Lily!