Suzhou is a city in east China near Shanghai. The city is famous for its beautiful historic gardens and the large number of canals, which are running through the whole city, passing the lakeside architecture of Lake Tai which is currently close to 2500 years old. The city is often called the Venice of China. The Classical Gardens, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the numerous historical temples and bridges are the main attractions. One of the finest historical sites is the more and more tilting, about a thousand years old, 47 m high, seven-storey Huqiu Tower (also known as Yunyan Pagoda).
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Suzhou forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Suzhou is a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $34.13, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $97.02, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Basic hotel: $46.75
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.55
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.23
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.01
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.83
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.60
Suzhou has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 83.8 (better than United states average 48.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 87.5 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 73.2 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Suzhou safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
- Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
- Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
- Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.