Found at the heart of an ancient city, the Suzhou Museum is an homage to China’s design philosophies and creative tendencies. If you want to get a taste of Eastern art – throughout the centuries – this is one of the best places to visit in the region.
In many ways, the Suzou Museum itself is a work of art. Consisting of three floors that have been divided up into three main areas, there’s a comfortable symmetry here that you’ll come to appreciate the more time you spend in the museum. Aside from that, the Grand Hall is brimming with unique architecture and the museum gardens are quite the picturesque sight.
The main relics on display showcase the arts and crafts of ancient China. These include items from the Kingdom of Wu and a number of important Buddhist relics from the region. All of these alone make a trip to the museum worth. If you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments Suzhou has on offer – say for example, the Somerset Baitang Suzhou – you’re just a few minutes’ drive away!
Prince Zhong’s Mansion
Right after the exhibits, visitors have the opportunity to explore the mansion of Prince Zhong – one of the most well-preserved aristocratic abodes found in China. From intricate murals to exquisite paintings, there’s a whole lot to take in here.
The Suzhou Museum also harbours some of China’s national treasures. This includes the Celadon lotus bowl which belonged to five dynasties and later the Song Dynasty. Another Song Dynasty artefact – the Pearl Pillar of the Buddhist Shrine – is also on display here.