Last updated on Feb 29, 2012
To the city’s northwest lies the popular Tiger Hill (Huqiu Shan), the burial place of the king of Wu and founder of Suzhou. His spirit is said to be guarded by a white tiger, which appeared three days after his death and refused to leave. Great Song-dynasty poet Su Shi once said: “It would be a great pity if you miss Tiger Hill when traveling to Suzhou.”
Tiger Hill Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:30
Contact Number: 0512-67231305
Tiger Hill Ticket Office: 60 yuan from March 1 to May 31, September 1 to Nov. 30; 40 yuan from June 1 to August 31, December 1 to February 29
Dome Hill (Qionglong Shan) is the highest landscape on the eastern bank of Taihu Lake. It is famous as the birthplace of “The Art of War,” a Chinese military treatise written by Sun Tzu in Suzhou (at that time known as the State of Wu) during the Spring and Autumn period (770-467 BC), that was later widely implemented in both Asian and Western culture and politics.
Dome Hill Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:30
Contact Number: 0512-66245716
Dome Hill Ticket Office: 60 yuan per tourist, free for children under 1.2 meters tall.
Piaomiao Peak is at an altitude of 336 meters, which makes it the highest of Taihu Lake’s 72 peaks. The peak with its misty and mysterious atmosphere looks like a vision from some fairyland location. On the peak lie over twenty scenic spots such as the Shui Yue Buddhist Temple, cradle of Tea Biluochun, Tablet Corridor and Tea Culture Exhibition Pavilion.
Piaomiao Peak Opening Hours: 08:30 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday; 08:30 to 17:00 on weekends.
Contact Number: 0512-66277898
Piaomiao Peak Ticket Office: 60 yuan.
Get VIP access to Suzhou’s gardens
An efficient way to visit Suzhou’s world-famous gardens and various other amazing attractions is with the Year Card of Suzhou Gardens. This card allows you, for 100 times each year, to visit: Tiger Hill Scenic Area, Humble Administrator Garden, Linger Garden, Lion Grove Garden, Master-of-Nets Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Garden of Cultivation, Couple’s Retreat Garden, the Garden of Pleasance, the Five Peak Garden, the Eastern Garden, the Zoo, the Tianping Hill Scenic Area, the Scenic Area of the Maple Bridge, the Stone Buddha Temple, Lengjia Pagoda and Shangfang Hill Forest Park.
The card can only be used by its owner, as a “one person, one card” policy applies. It is sold every June and December. Cards bought in June can be used up to June 30 of the next year, while cards bought in December can be used up to December 31 of the next year.
To get the Year Card of Suzhou Gardens, expats and people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao must meet the following two requirements: first, the applicant must already have his or her passport registered in Suzhou for two successive years (for example, if you want to get a card in June this year, you must have had your passport registered in Suzhou before June 1, 2010); second, the applicant must have his or her passport registered in Suzhou for the entire next year.
If the parents both qualify, their children can also apply for the card with documents to prove their relationship.
Address for card application:
26 Minzhi Road, Yuzhai Tea House in Suzhou Park
Tongjing Park, Tongjing Road S.
56 Fenghuo Road, Suzhoutong Service Center; Tel: 0512-68296688
556 Ganjiang Road E., first floor of Hongsheng Mansion, Suzhoutong Service Center; Tel: 0512-65223311