Suzhou

City in China.Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens.

Suzhou

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City in China.Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, is known for its canals, bridges and classical gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden, dating to 1513, contains zigzag bridges over connected pools and islands. The Lingering Garden features ornate viewing pavilions and the Crown of Clouds Peak, a striking limestone rockery. Tiger Hill is home to the 7-story, leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda at its summit.

Spanning the main canal to the southwest, the Pan Gate (a surviving section of the ancient city wall) stands near the early Buddhist Ruiguang Pagoda, which affords views of the old city. The northeasternneighborhood around Pingjiang Road, a centuries-old historic district, is filled with shops and restaurants. Combining elements of a classical garden with modern geometry, the I. M. Pei–designed Suzhou Museum exhibits Chinese art and antiquities. The nearby Suzhou Silk Museum explores Chinese silk weaving and embroidery. In the west part of the city, Hanshan (Cold Mountain) Temple is a celebrated Buddhist monastery.