Hangzhou and Suzhou

Hangzhou was described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and elegant city in the world’. Nowadays Hangzhou is a bustling city. Relative peace can be found at West lake and the Lingyin (Soul’s Retreat) Temple, a beautiful Buddhist monastery. The temple also features a large number of grottoes and religious rock carvings. Besides that Hangzhou is a good place to go to a tea plantation and taste some of the famous Dragon well tea.

Both Xiamen and Hangzhou can be reached from Amsterdam by direct flights run by KLM.

Suzhou is a city with historical significance and beautiful landscape gardens, the most famous being the Humble Administrator’s Garden, listed as a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Site. Suzhou is a ‘water town’ filled with canals and bridges. Life around the canals still shows you glimpses of a very old lifestyle. Suzhou, the historic silk capital of China also offers an excellent chance to see for yourself how the world famous Chinese silk is produced in a silk factory. Other interesting things to do are visiting the Tiger Hill and the Suzhou Museum.

Suzhou can be reached easily by train or car from Shanghai.

Other trips

China highlight trip
Beijing and Xi’an
Yunnan 7 days
South China 14 days
Guizhou 5-12 days
West china/ Tibet