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Suzhou is Jiangsu’s greatest sightseeing attraction. The city provides visitors a glimpse into classical Chinese history through its famous gardens. Suzhou is also China’s largest producers of silk, making it an important economic and export centre.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.2 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.35 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.59 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.22 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours 
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Saturday

Office Hours
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
9am - 9pm, Monday through Sunday


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou, recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Suzhou except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.


Weather

Suzhou has a temperate climate ranging from very hot during summer (16 C to 40 C / 70 F to 104 F) to cool during the winter (2 C to 7 C / 28 F to 45 F).

Today

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly cloudy

High: 9°C / 48°F
Low: 4°C / 39°F

Tomorrow

Cloudy

Cloudy

High: 10°C / 50°F
Low: 5°C / 41°F
Saturday:
Cloudy High: 11°C / 51°F Low: 5°C / 41°F
Sunday:
Cloudy High: 9°C / 48°F Low: 3°C / 37°F
Monday:
Sunny High: 10°C / 50°F Low: 4°C / 39°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 8ºC 1ºC
Feb 9ºC 2ºC
Mar 13ºC 5ºC
Apr 19ºC 11ºC
May 24ºC 16ºC
Jun 27ºC 20ºC
Jul 32ºC 25ºC
Aug 32ºC 25ºC
Sep 27ºC 21ºC
Oct 22ºC 15ºC
Nov 17ºC 9ºC
Dec 11ºC 2ºC
Facts

Population
6 million

Language
Mandarin, Suzhou dialect

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800