Guangzhou + Southeast China

Guangzhou + Southeast China Travel Guide

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai, the garden dates to the Song dynasty. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with arched bridges and flowering shrubs. Following Taoist philosophy, the garden was designed for contemplation.

The mall is reported to be the biggest in the world: aside from dozens of boutiques and a handful of department stores, the complex has rocket-ship, roller-coaster, and space-needle rides as well as a gargantuan Teletubbies World, where young kids frolic.

Take an afternoon to explore the maze of stalls and shops across from Shamian Island.

Take in the view from Solitary Beauty Peak and marvel at the formations of the Reed Flute Cave. Spring and fall are best; avoid the heat of July and the crowds of the holiday seasons.

Windows of the World's re-creations of international landmarks have been built on a scale to please a pharaoh, with a nearly life-sized copy of the Eiffel Tower, a mini Mount Rushmore, pyramids that look exactly like the real ones at Giza, and a slavish replication of Manhattan, complete with a l

To get to this "wedding dress street," head south from Haizhu Circle on Jiangnan Road.

A must see in Suzhou, 45 minutes by train from Shanghai. In the main area, covered walkways open onto a pond with arched bridges and flowering shrubs.

The 16th-century Garden for Lingering In lives up to its name: a covered walkway meanders through ginkgo groves, bursts of wisteria, and traditional pavilions surrounding a pond that has inspired some of China's most famous poets.

Stretching over an area twice the size of Manhattan, Mission Hills has 10 18-hole courses, each one designed by a leading golfing figure, from Ernie Els to Vijay Singh.

The silk and wool market is located next to Haiyin Bridge.

Also called Yuying Garden, this is one of four major Qing dynasty gardens in the province.

The I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum, an angular masterpiece of skylights and white polygons, is the city's newest draw. Completed in October 2007, it houses a collection of 30,000 Chinese artifacts, including 18th-century porcelain vases, silk tapestries, and Ming dynasty landscape paintings.