Weather of Eastern China in winter can be a little chilly and damp; colors of landscapes are grey and duller than the rest of the year. However, it’s absolutely worth visiting in winter as there’re lesser crowds, lower costs and a greater capacity to deeply explore the best parts of your destinations. There are a lot to see in Eastern China in winter, Suzhou and Hangzhou, just to name a few. Instead of surviving the winter at home, embrace the season and enjoy unique experiences in Suzhou and Hangzhou!
Suzhou is packed with interesting architectures and picturesque gardens, often dubbed as the Asian Venice for its ancient canals that run through the rural parts of the city. Immerse yourself in the lingering charm of the landscapes in classical gardens and scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. In addition, Suzhou silk embroidery is very impressive for people to learn about the local art.
Tiger Hill is one of the must see attractions in Suzhou. 36 meters above sea level, this picturesque hill boasts impressive rocks, 18 scenic spots and a number of historical sites and anecdotes over 2,500 years. Famous poet Su Dongpo of Song Dynasty once said, it would be a great pity if one didn’t visit Tiger Hill when he came to Suzhou. No wonder Tiger Hill has been a spectacular sight in the area south of the Lower Yangtze. Among the attractions of the hill, the Yunyan Temple Pagoda and the Sword Pool are best-known features.
Tongli Water Town
You might have heard or read about this water town in China, but Tongli will still take you by surprise with its timeless charm once you visit it. Tongli Water Town is one of the Great Six ancient towns in Southern Yangtze River. Firstly built in Song Dynasty, Tongli has a history over 1,000 years. Nestled between bridges and cuddled along canals, Tongli has gorgeous water scenes. To catch the most essence of the town, you should take a rowing boat for sightseeing on the river. You will see numerous ancient architectures of Ming and Qing dynasties, stone arch bridges and many other historical sites. You are advised to go early for great photos before the crowds stream in.
Suzhou embroidery has very detailed representations of almost any subject embroidered onto fine silk with silk thread, which is spun from cocoons. One of the distinctive features of Suzhou embroidery is that two completely different pictures are embroidered on the front and back on the same piece of silk! Take a tour around one of the silk factories to be blown away by the skill and beauty of these impressive silk embroideries!
As one of seven ancient capitals in China, the long history and the splendid culture endow Hangzhou with profoundness. Hangzhou is also famed for its natural beauty. With UNESCO World Heritage site the West Lake, Hangzhou was described by Marco Polo as “The City of Heaven”.
Regarded as the influence of artists and poets throughout China, the legendary West Lake is a must visit in Hangzhou. Much has been said about the poetic scenery of the West Lake: pagodas, bridges, causeways all look different through the seasons. In the midst of winter, many views are obscured by mist but it also presents with great photo-taking opportunities. The West Lake’s night scene is truly mesmerizing when it comes to appreciating a touch of ancient China.
Dragon Well Tea Plantation
Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea is renowned for its handmade and high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title. Dragon Well Tea Plantation is a short bus ride from the West Lake. Wander freely through the village on hills with tea terraces and bamboo forests, you can smell the fresh air with a little bit of sweetness. Dragon Well Tea Plantation in winter is very quiet compared to more crowds and busier in summer. Wrap up warm and sip hot, fragrant tea on the terrace overlooking rows of tea bushes coated with a thin layer of white snow this winter.
With these destinations, you can taste different views in different seasons. In addition, traveling Eastern China in winter gives you an opportunity to view and experience the destinations through new lens. Join us on an adventure to Suzhou and Hangzhou on Essence of Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou 5 Days Join in Group Tour!