The Singapore Industrial Park (SIP) and the Jinji Lake region create a blend of old and new in Suzhou, one of the oldest cities in China’s Yangtze Basin dating back more than 2,500 years. Giving visitors the duality of exploring history and newly created attractions at once, the city of Suzhou showcases a cross section of activities for visitors of all ages. Travelers looking to visit modern day marvels will be impressed by the SIP, which is home the world’s largest Sky Screen, Asia’s largest Ferris wheel, a musical showcase and world-class hotels.
The center piece of the SIP is Harmony Times Square, where guests will find themselves amazed when looking upwards as the area features the world’s largest Sky Screen. The giant LED Screen runs the complete length of the Times Square shopping center and is longer than the Las Vegas Sky Screen. The Harmony Times Square Sky Screen uses the latest technology of art, sound and light to create vivid displays nightly. Every evening at 7pm, the screen showcases a range of animations, shorts and cartoons. Visitors can even submit a photo to be shared on the display.
Fun for the whole family is a ride on the largest Ferris wheel in Asia, known as the “Eye of Jinji Lake,” which rises nearly 400 feet (120 meters) above the water and features 60 carriages accommodating 360 guests at a time. The Ferris wheel is draped in LED lights that can simulate various visual effects creating dynamic expressions on the Wheel and providing onlookers with a show. Taking a trip on the Wheel, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, provides a magnificent one-of-a-kind view of the lake and the city of Suzhou.
A multisensory display can be experienced on the west shores of Jinji Lake, along Xinggang Street, at the Musical Fountain and Water Curtain Movie Show. It is the largest waterscape engineering project of its kind in China, 426.5 feet (130 meters) in length, and 682 feet (208 meters) in width, with the fountain peaking at 354 feet (108 meters) during performances. The fountain performance is integrated with the Water Curtain Movie, a laser show of music and lighting playing on the vertical surface of the water fountain. The show is approximately 30 minutes, held each Friday and Saturday (and public holidays) at 8pm.
Travelers looking to experience the Singapore Industrial Park and the Jinji Lake region can choose to stay in a variety of accommodations such as The Hyatt Regency Suzhou, which opened its doors in August 2014; the Crowne Plaza Suzhou; the InterContinental Suzhou; the Kempinski Hotel Suzhou; and the Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Suzhou. The following hotel specials will enhance the experience for any exploration of the city’s modern day marvels:
Paulaner Package at The Kempinski Hotel Suzhou – Travelers can enjoy authentic Bavarian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at Paulaner Brauhaus, the hotel’s on-site German restaurant, where mouthwatering appetizers, signature main courses, and desserts that will surely satisfy the sweet tooth. Two hours of free-flowing fresh brewed Paulaner beer complete the unforgettable dining experience. The Paulaner Package includes:
• One night stay in a spacious deluxe golf view room for two people
• Complimentary amenities including daily breakfast and internet access
• Access to the Health Club
• A daily three-course set menu with Paulaner beer for two people
Package starts at $206 (CNY 1288) per night for double occupancy. Visit kempinski.com/suzhou to book. Offer is valid until December 31, 2015 and subject to a 15% service charge.
BALANCE at The Hyatt Regency Suzhou – This package invites guests to open the door to natural wellness and restore the balance of yin and yang energies within the body and soul with amenities that include:
• Relaxing accommodation in Regency Room for two people
• Detoxification drink upon Arrival
• 60-minute wellness treatment, Chinese Medical Manipulation (Tui Na), or a 60-minute de-stress massage in YUE Spa for two people
• Buffet dinner and breakfast at Market Café for two people
• Welcome fruit plate
• Late check-out of 6pm, subject to room availability
This special offer starts at $238 (CNY 1488) per night for double occupancy. To book this special offer visit suzhou.regency.hyatt.com and use promotional code SUZ02. The offer is valid from March 1, 2015 until May 31, 2015 and subject to a 15% service charge.
Ferris Wheel Package at The InterContinental Suzhou – Explorers can enjoy an unbeatable experience by the Jinji Lake during their spring holidays by taking a ride on Asia’s largest Ferris wheel. The package includes:
• Daily buffet breakfast for two adults
• Two Ferris Wheel Park Tickets
Package starts at $200 (CNY 1,248) per night for double occupancy and can be booked at ihg.com/intercontinental/suzhou. The offer is valid now through May 31, 2015 and subject to a 15% service charge.
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Suzhou, the “Venice of China,” is known for its elegant stone bridges, canals, flowing water, and noteworthy architecture. Located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, approximately 70 miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the Yangtze Basin dating back more than 2,500 years. The city boasts the beautifully manicured Classical Gardens of Suzhou, many of which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year, millions of tourists travel to Suzhou to experience the destination’s more than 400 attractions, ranging from pagodas and temples to historical districts and world-class museums. As the largest industrial city in China, Suzhou continues to develop, such as the Singapore Industrial Park (SIP), which boasts five-star hotels, the iconic Lake Jinji, and Asia’s largest Ferris Wheel.
Travel to Suzhou is easily accessible via three convenient area airports with non-stop flights from North America: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) offers bullet train service to Suzhou, which is approximately a 50-mile, 30-minute trip; Pudong International Airport (PVG) is approximately 65 miles from Suzhou, an hour and half drive; and Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) is approximately 14 miles from Suzhou, a 30 minute drive.
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