Living in Suzhou, China

In contrast to cities like Shanghai, Suzhou enjoys a landscape of fairly low-rise buildings, green leafy parks and a canal system that winds its way through the city. The city itself and outlying area has about 10 million people and is a bustling metropolis that is the best of new and old China. Suzhou boasts buildings over 2,000 years old while modern cutting-edge skyscrapers glimmer in the distance. Suzhou was listed as one of The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017 by Travel + Leisure and is the only city in China listed in the top 50 on this this list.