Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, Suzhou

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Explore a portion of the world's longest man-made waterway as you drift along Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, a part of the World Heritage-listed 1,776 km (1,104 mi) long canal. Built in stages going all the way back to 2,400 years ago, today the canal still buzzes with industrial and agricultural activity. Contemplate this long history on a boat tour of the canal, with over 80 km (50 mi) of scenery and cultural sites along the way, including ancient waterside dwellings, old city gates, stone bridges, and temples. With our world travel planner, Suzhou attractions like Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Suzhou is known as "The Venice of the East" and certainly lives up to its name. If you want to see behind the scenes how ancient Chinese travelled between cities using canals, then this is a must see ...  more »
  • On a visit to Suzhou we went as a tour group to have a trip on the Grand Canal. The boats were on the smallish size but easily coping with 28 people. We set out for our one hour venture through local ...  more »
  • Mid morning boat trip down the canal was very relaxing after a few days hectic sight seeing. The trip took about an hour but no commentary so we just took in the sights. People along the banks waved a...  more »

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The range of accommodations available in Suzhou reflects the diversity of architectural styles and historical periods on display throughout the city. Crossed by countless canals, the city's most atmospheric accommodations lie close to the knotted waterways, with modest guesthouses and hotels on the lesser waterways, and more luxurious options located in the more scenic canal areas. A wealth of modern development has left the city dotted with high-rise hotels, with the tall tower blocks offering rooms with an abundance of extra facilities and views over the city.
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