Suzhou is a city living with one foot in the past and one in the future. One of the oldest cities on the Yangtze river, it is a world heritage site with its ancient canals meandering between whitewashed buildings, world-famous Chinese gardens and temples yet at the same time a thriving, modern, clean city. All just 25 minutes on the fast train from the bustling metropolis that is Shanghai!
The city is known known throughout China as “Paradise on Earth,” and deservedly so. It is part of the Silk Road and is famous for its silk market and wedding gowns. The beautiful old city, ancient parks and even the new and well-crafted developments, are often the choice of background scenery for couples getting married.
The feeling of open space and cleanliness is one of the first impressions, with waterways and lakes dominating the civil landscape, keeping the air relatively clean. You can shop locally in the bustling old town, or live it up in Times Square or at one of the many upmarket and western-themed shopping malls. Transport is no problem with a clean and regular bus service across the city for 2RMB, taxis starting at 12RMB or the subway at 4RMB!
- Population: 8 million
- Public Transportation: 1 international airport, 3 major train stations, 4 subway lines, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four distinct seasons
- EF Suzhou first school opened in 2003
What Makes Suzhou Unique?
- A stone’s throw from Shanghai, only 25 minutes by bullet train; fast trains to Beijing and easy access to flying throughout China
- Originally founded in 514 BC, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are abundant to this day
- Suzhou’s social scene has something for everyone, with many international companies based here, there are many opportunities and places for expats teaching English to mix and make new friends
- Tai Hu lake and the general low-lying landscape make for great nature walks or cycle rides, and there are several mountains dotted around to make the scenery interesting
- If you want a slow pace, you can find it; if you want to rock the night away to a thriving music scene, you can find that too. Suzhou truly is a wonderful city to live and work in