Suzhou – the Venice of the East

Master of Nets Garden

Perched atop the Metropolitan Tower, overlooking Suzhou’s heritage-listed gardens, famed Grand Canal and the majestic Taihu Lake is the Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou.

Room with a view... Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou
Room with a view… Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou

A prefectural city of Eastern China, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history and while the relics of the past continue to grace the city in abundance, the Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou is a modern landmark in the heart of the New District.

The hotel’s mighty tower stands tall (24 floors in fact) and its 390 rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the garden city, or as it is fondly named, the Venice of the East.

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou is currently offering a weekend room package with a tour of Suzhou that allows guests  to explore the city, including a night tour to Master-of-the-Nets Garden, Taihu Lake Wetland Park and Candy Land.

The Premier Weekend Deals room package starts at Rmb1,100 for a one-night stay in a Premier Room.

Picture-perfect... Master of Nets Garden
Picture-perfect… Master-of-the-Nets Garden

The night tour of the Master-of-the-Nets Garden is available from spring to autumn, and includes eight live performances that showcase the cultural legacy of Suzhou. The garden itself is inspired by the simple and solitary life of a Chinese fisherman depicted in philosophical writings.  It has over 800 years of history and is particularly regarded among connoisseurs for its mastery of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.

The Taihu Lake Wetland Park, located west of the city,  is a state-level wetland that adds a natural, ecological and rural charm to the city. Visitors will encounter wild birds and get acquainted with the aquatic treasures from Taihu Lake, including cane shoots, water shield lotus root, Gorgon fruit, arrowhead and water fennel.

The Premier Weekend Deals room package is available now until November 2013.

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