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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.
Interaction with Guests
During your stay, you will have chance to join traditional Chinese dinners everyday for free (Except some Chinese holiday, such as National Holiday, Lunar New Year Holiday, May1st holiday etc. because of being very busy on holidays), 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…
1. Being kind and easy to communicate with People
2. Having a nice heart and good character and morals.
3. Loving the neat and tidy living environment, cherish and protect everything in the room.
4. Enjoying the happy holidays when you live here, if you have any question or suggestion, please don’t hesitate to tell me, I will try my best to help you, because I would like to make friends all over the world. Helping foreign friends can bring me a happy and rich life everyday. I wish that someday I would come to your country, and can also get the same kind help from you. Smile…
Lily was a wonderfull host, provided us with helpful information about the route, sightseeings atc, both in Enlisch and Chinese. She cooked delicious meals while we were there, and was very accomodating and eager to help. The apartment is about 15 minutes outside the center of the city, but she provided us with public Bike passes and we realy like bike trough the city (only recommended for experienced bikers like us Dutch people). The Taxi and Bus options are easy an cheap as well.
Suzhou was a really Chinese and wonderfull experience, especially compare to Shanghai. A day trip is not enough to explore it all.
Be aware that her apartment is a 6th floor walkup, which can be heavy if you have a lot of luggage.
Lily, we really enjoyed our stay in your appartment.
Lily provided plenty of helpful information before we arrived, cooked delicious meals while we were there, and was generally very accomodating and eager to help. Be aware that her apartment is a 6th floor walkup if you have a lot of luggage, but that wasn't an issue for us. The apartment is about 15 minutes outside the center of the city, but public transportation and taxi options are plentiful just around the block from her complex.
Hi Jessica, thanks for your review. And welcome you two to come to this city again in the future, perhaps with your kid, smile... Next time you could live at my 1st floor Hutong House, no stairs at all. I think you will enjoy it. Wishing you all the best during working and happy everyday.
Lily from Suzhou city, China
My family stayed with Lily's family in July, 2014. Suzhou, often done in a day from Shanghai, was thoroughly enjoyable over several days. Lily went above and beyond, providing excellent accommodations and personalized hospitality. She even helped our sons by calling them a cab and then making sure they got directed to the right location. She also talked to our driver via cell phone when we had communication problems with him. Great directions and maps; better than what any of my tour books provided. The night walk is not to be overlooked. Slow down and see the side of Suzhou easily missed. Do yourself a favor and book a few nights with Lily in Suzhou!!
Lily went out of her way to help make our experience in Suzhou a memorable one: From taking us out to dinner with her extended family, to printing out city maps and suggesting itineraries for us, to offering us complimentary breakfasts and a home-cooked dinner, all of her gestures were much appreciated by our group, and made us feel right at home. She is a fantastic host, and we definitely recommend any and all to stay at her place!
We stayed with Lily and her wonderful family for a night in April 2014. Finally arriving at Suzhou and meeting Lily was like meeting up with an old friend. Prior to our arrival, Lily and I had made contact numerous times to co-ordinate our initial travel within China. Lily went out of her way to book train tickets for us, then cancel some .. all this is above and beyond her call of duty. Lily was simply wonderful. Lily's home was spacious and clean, we felt very much at home. She cooked a lovely meal for us that enabled us to sample the Suzhou cooking style. There were 9 dishes presented, even one which included home made chinese sausage that her own mother had made. Amazing!! In the morning breakfast again was varied and ample. As it was raining at the time of our departure, Lily co-ordinated a lift for us to the train station at the last minute to enable us to arrive on time. Lily's English is excellent. She genuinely loves being a hostess and left very detailed maps and directions for us to enable us to travel around Suzhou with confidence. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you stay with Lily if you travel to Suzhou.
Thank you Lily!!! Keep doing what you are doing.. it is perfect!
Lily was very easy to communicate with and offered to help us even before we arrived. She was always helpful and recommended different activities and ways to get around the city! Thanks Lily!
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!
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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.