Ranks highly among China’s most liveable cities, largely because of its wealth and beauty. Suzhou is famous for its historic gardens and canals, as well as its place in Chinese art history.

Suzhou – China

Known as the Venice of the East, it is one of the most popular cities in all of China. For many expats based in Suzhou, while a weekend trip to Shanghai is a common event, many would claim the night life and general social scene is lively. Go on the ‘bullet train’ travelling at speeds of over 350km/h, you will get into Shanghai main train station within 25 minutes. Living and teaching in Suzhou gives you the best of both worlds; cheaper cost of living and more relaxed surroundings during the week with the option of visiting Shanghai at the weekends.

Location Information

Known for Beautiful Gardens / History meets high tech
Safe for solo travellers
Advanced public transport
Cost of living per month inc. rent ¥9,000
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant ¥200
Lunch local restaurant ¥20
A beer for one .5l ¥10
One-way Subway ticket ¥4
Cinema Ticket ¥50
Monthly gym membership ¥300