Suzhou is a typical city blending classical tone and modern air. Living in or visiting Suzhou must be a fantastic feeling- relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable. Classic Chinese performing arts are well represented, with nightly performances of Chinese opera, folk dance, storytelling and theater taking place in the beautiful Garden of the Master of Nets and other spots around town. If you like modern life, a lot bars and clubs are waiting for you. Now let TOC be your guide of this amazing joy-seeking journey!
"Do as the Romans do"
In the spring and autumn months, you can catch performances of Chinese opera, folk dance and theater in the Garden of the Master of Nets every evening at 7:30. For a taste of Suzhou opera, try the Museum of Opera and Theatre. The local music known as ping tan—a male-female duo singing and playing traditional instruments—can be found at various spots around town, including at the Ping Tan Museum.
The Suzhou Museum showcases ancient paintings, calligraphy, carvings and crafts, and its new wing, designed by native son I.M. Pei, pays homage to traditional Suzhou architecture while making a contemporary statement about China's present. More of Suzhou's rich cultural heritage can be found at the Museum of Opera & Theatre, the Silk Museum and explore Suzhou's history in silk at the Suzhou Silk Museum and Silk Embroidery Institute.
Suzhou Silk Museum
Suzhou Silk Museum is multi-functional, and combines exhibits with demonstrations of silk weaving. Exhibits on display in its various exhibition halls reflect the origin, evolution and development of silk production, from primitive times to the Shang, Zhou, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties right through to present day. Among the exhibits are 80 traditional silk looms, 320 fragments of silk from various dynasties, 30 bolts of ancient silk, 350 ancient garments, and a large number of samples of modern silk products. In the Introductory Hall there is a large relief sculpture depicting a camel caravan. It is reminiscent of the Old Silk Road, the road on which the earliest Eastern and Western exchanges took place, surrounded by vast deserts, traversed by camel caravans, site of mystical stone grottoes, ancient temples, and magnificent passes...
Address: 2001 Ren Min Road, Suzhou, China.
Festivals & Events
Try to catch a temple fair if you're in Suzhou at the right time—The Chang Men Temple Fair celebrates YaShenxian in mid-April (the fourteenth day of the Chinese lunar calendar's fourth month)— that's the day one of Taoism's Eight Immortals, LuDongbin, comes to town disguised as a mortal. In September and October, the Huqiu Temple Fair showcases folk arts, puppetry, traditional music, acrobatics and wrestling in celebration of the harvest season. The Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival runs from September 20th to 25th. Spring sees a slew of flower festivals in Suzhou city and in the surrounding water townsSuzhou.
Wearing Chinese traditional dresses, two singers sit on the stage narrating various stories while accompanied by two Chinese traditional string instruments- this is a typical scene from a Pingtan performance in various teahouses and theatres found in East China's Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai. Pingtan usually performs long stories, which are divided into many parts. One part is performed over the course of a day and the whole story telling may last for weeks. There are also some stories of medium length and shorter ones. Traditional tales often follow a historical theme with heroic and epic stories.
Nightlife in Suzhou
The Nanjing-based Scarlet Pub opened its Suzhou 1912 flagship bar on July 18 at 1912 Fashion Block of Ligong Causeway in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) and becomes instantly one of the top choices for young bar-goers. With typical European decoration of the Middle Ages castle in intimate cultural atmosphere, the bar provides nectarial liquors, enchanting music, and colorful night life.
ADD: No.441,Shiquan Street
W9 Restaurant & Bar
Located at west of Jinji Lake, W9 Restaurant & Bar is like a beauty from 1930s; It has not only Western Sofa, but also Chinese traditional chairs, and you can have a strong feeling that the time flows into a traditional Shanghai. Coffee or Wine? Just come to W9 Restaurant & Bar, and you will have pleasure time!
Address: Bldg. 9, Zone B, Outlets Plaza, Shuifang Road, SIP, Suzhou
Lַenburg Brauerei and Restaurant
Alongside the tasty fresh beer brewed by resident Brew Master with state-of-the –art German manufactured microbrewery, hearty German and continental European food are prepared to perfection by our culinary artists led by Germany Executive Chef. Extensive Wine List hand-picked by Switzerland Restaurant Manger and Sommelier is also available for those who appreciate the luxurious and sophisticated side of life. Lַenburg Brauerei and Restaurant in Suzhou occupies a ground area of 1700m2 with seating capacity of 250 indoors and 100 in the outdoor beer garden, 6 private rooms with various thymes and special gourmet menu.
Address: Ground Floor, Lakeside Building, Lakeside Boulevard, Suzhou Industrial Park
Overall, you have to make yourself a plan so that the whole program will be more wonderful- Suzhou has everything that you expect to find. Do not be hesitant any more. Enjoy yourself!