Weather: December's weather is cold and comparatively dry. It is the driest month of the year with only 35 mm of rain.The month is generally dry, but it snows some nights.
The average daily low and high temperatures are 2 °C (36 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F). In spite of the cold, the sun shines often. The temperature drops by 9°C (16°F) on average between day and night.
Clothing: Bring coats and head coverings. When rain or snow is likely, you'll need rain gear and waterproof shoes. On some days, there is slush on the ground. Check Suzhou's weather forecast>>
December might be a good time to visit a museum and shop. However, a sprinkling of snow makes the local gardens look beautiful, and there is much less crowding because December is low season. We recommend that you visit the local gardens when they are not crowded so that their beauty and the music can be better appreciated when its quiet.
The Humble Administrator's Garden: This famous garden is considered one of the four best traditional gardens in China. If there is snow, people can appreciate the white scenery in the 52,000 square meter (12 acre) park that is also recognized by international bodies such as UNESCO. It is Suzhou's biggest garden, and it is one of Suzhou's main tourist highlights.
Guanqianjie Street: On cold days, the restaurants and malls along Guanqianjie Street 观前街 are places to stay out of the weather. The pedestrian street is popular with foreign tourists. It is a kilometer long and is a place for entertainment, dining, and having a good time.
Pingjiang Lu 平江路 is an intersecting cobblestoned lane with small shops, tea houses, and antique shops. It is quieter and more relaxing, and it could be a place to go for a break from shopping.
Suzhou Silk Museum: This museum is a combination working silk factory, silkworm farm, and small museum. It is a place to learn about the whole process of silk fabric creation from tending the silkworms, to collecting their silk, to weaving fabric and silk artwork.
Silkworms weave beautifully colored cocoons. Their cocoons are naturally golden, white, or golden orange. You may see thousands of them crawling and munching on mulberry leaves.
There are a few exhibits about ancient silk, late Qing Dynasty silk, and modern silk products. High quality silk products are sold. Entry is free.
It is low tourist season in December since the weather is cold, and there are no big holidays. The public generally stays home for work and school. You'll have an easier time travelling and will enjoy lower prices. The outdoor attractions are more enjoyable without big crowds.
3-day Bullet Train Tour of Hangzhou and Suzhou from Shanghai: From Shanghai, enjoy a half hour bullet train ride to Hangzhou and watch the scenery in comfort. In Hangzhou, see the Lingyin Temple, the Six Harmonies Pagoda and West Lake. Then in Suzhou, ride on the Grand Canal by motorboat and visit the Humble Administrator's Garden and Tiger Hill.
5-day Tour of Shanghai and Suzhou: In Suzhou, visit the Lingering Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Zhouzhuang Water Town. In Shanghai, see the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The Shanghai Tower is optional.
Enjoy the scenery, economy and convenience of bullet train travel between Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai and other cities.
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