Suzhou is defined by its many canals, a reason why it’s often compared to Venice. It is equally famous for its innumerable classical gardens, which form a UNESCO World Heritage site. They add to the city’s strong historical and cultural heritage, along with its waterways and the quintessential architecture of its old homesteads with their typical upturned roofs. From tranquil waterside settings and exquisite bonsai gardens to romantic rockeries and stone bridges connecting islands and languid lily pools, Suzhou’s classical gardens are a feast for the senses. Taking a boat ride along Suzhou’s many canals is a popular pursuit of happiness among travelers. In case you’re an avid tea drinker, it might be useful to know that some of the nation’s most expensive green teas are grown in the plantations just outside the city.