Must-See Museum just an hour away from Shanghai

Last month I had the great fortune to have the opportunity to have an extended visit to Shanghai.  Suzhou is one of the most popular day trip attractions for those visiting Shanghai. It’s even possible to visit when transiting through Shanghai because the high-speed trains go almost directly to Suzhou depending on the time. There soon will be a subway line that goes from the Main Train Station to the area where the museum is located.  For now,  there’s just the bus which requires some pre-trip planning to figure out which one and where or just the more expensive taxi.  It’s helps that the museum is free for both nationals and visitors.

Trip to the Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum inner courtyard
The center courtyard and rock garden with Koi Pond inside the Suzhou Museum

It’s hard to figure out what is more attractive at the Suzhou Museum – the featured items on display in the cases or the building itself. Chinese American Architect I.M. Pei is the chief designer of the Suzhou Museum. The museum displays Suzhou’s ancient and modern history, but some may find that the overall design of the building is the main attraction here.

Suzhou Museum
Modern Art on display inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Wisteria Tea room inside the Suzhou Museum
Wisteria Tea room inside the Suzhou Museum
Inside the Suzhou Museum
Display of Snuff Bottles inside the Suzhou Museum
Inside the Suzhou Museum
Detail of a carved Ivory Elephant Tusk inside the Suzhou Museum

 

Inside the Suzhou Museum
Snuff Bottle displayed inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum
Rock garden inside the Suzhou Museum

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