Weather: As March, the month of April sees a significant rise in temperature. There are also temperature fluctuations during the month, and temperatures might drop back down to 0 °C (32 °F) late in the month.
The average nightly low temperature is 11 °C (52 °F), and the average daily high temperature reaches a cool 19 °C (66 °F). It rains about 10 days of the month, and total precipitation is about 100 mm.
Clothing: A long-sleeved shirt and a sweater or a light jacket should be fine for most days, but temperatures sometimes drop low to the point that you'll need winter clothing. On rainy days, you'll need rain gear. Since the weather changes so drastically, it is a good idea to keep abreast of the weather forecast. Check the current Suzhou weather and forecast>>
The Suzhou tourism festival in April features lighted and decorated ships, entertainment, and performances around Suzhou (as in the picture above). The theme of the festival is different each year. It features local products, Chinese fashion, a food fair, local art, and various exhibitions or competitions.
This festival lasts about a month and is sponsored by the government. Each year, there are many different programs for the visitors that showcase the gardens, architecture, and history of the city. The city promotes foreign tourism because it is visited by about a million foreigners a year, and it is one of China's top 10 cities for tourism.
See the flowers and the new growth in April before the large crowds arrive at the end of of the month. It is a good time for a spring outing to enjoy the flowers in Suzhou's large gardens with less crowds. The gardens are best enjoyed when its quiet.
Humble Administrator's Garden: It's the largest of the several popular large and artistically landscaped Chinese gardens in Suzhou. It has had a long history since 1509, and it is one of Suzhou's main tourist highlights. It measures 52,000 square meters (12 acres). It features a pond with a lot of birds, little bridges, and pavilions with artistic stonework where you can sit and contemplate the views.
The Lingering Garden: This garden is designed to look like an ancient Chinese countryside and forest. Chinese instrumental music is played as you walk the winding paths. There is an artificial hill that looks like a mountain along with smaller hills, boulders, and caves. You can walk on paths that wind among them and the pavilions. There is a coffee shop where you can sit and enjoy the view.
The first part of April is low season, but at the end of the month, tourism and travel surges before the 3-day May Day public holidays. The high travel season extends from the end of April to October, and the city receives a great number of visitors. Tourist attractions and restaurants gear up for the crowds in April.
If you are planning to visit Suzhou in April, it best to visit before the end of the month for lower prices and more convenient travel. Hotel accommodations, flight tickets and train tickets increase at the end of the month.
2-day Tour of Suzhou's Gardens: This tour features the Master of Nets Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden. You can take a rickshaw ride in an old city hutong and tour the Grand Canal by motorboat.
5-day Tour of Suzhou and Shanghai: This tour features Suzhou's Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden, Shanghai's Bund and Yu Garden, and Zhouzhuang's Water Town.
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