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Q: What is it like to live in Suzhou, Jiangsu?

I have gone to Suzhou twice as a tourist, but want to now know what it is like to live there. 

6 years 20 weeks ago in  Lifestyle - Suzhou

 
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It's quite good
* Several big lakes to walk/bike around, with well made pathways. In the SIP area, two are very accessible

* Overall urban management/planning is good

* There's *a bit* of cultural events, it's not Beijing, but okay, you have a cultural center that organize stuffs.

* Lots of jobs opportunities in tech & education
* Free public bikes, just need to get the card for it

* SIP downtown and Suzhou Uni. area have a good choice of restaurants and bars
* Two subway lines

* 30 minutes from Shanghai, if you're into Shanghai
* Far from nice sea/beach
* Steamy hot summers

* Winter is not that cold, but nothing is insulated, so it *feels* quite cold
* Air pollution is okay *by Chinese standard*, but we get awful smog episodes more frequently since a year

* The locals have their own dialect... but there's not so much locals anymore Laughing out loud

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The Chinese say "There is a paradise in heaven, and Suzhou on earth."

 

I have lived in Suzhou for 5 years and for the most part I love it. Suzhou has a population of 10.5 million people. It has 2 subway lines with a third to open at the end of the year. There are plenty of western restaurants and grocery stores. Shanghai is a 25 minute train ride away. In the SIP (Suzhou Industrial Park) where the majority of expats live you can almost always find an English speaking Chinese to help you out if needed. I travel extensively in China, but I am always happy to return home to Suzhou.

 

The biggest negative is the air pollution. Not bad every day, but when it is it is depressing. 

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Suzhou is peaceful, quiet and a bit boring.

 

Everything is pretty much spread out over three districts (New District, Old City, SIP) so nothing is really close to anything else.

 

There are cultural events, but not really many.  Housing is cheaper than Shanghai, but I live in SIP and it can get really pricey for Suzhou standards (4000 - 5000 RMB for a small, two bedroom apartment with no insulation, single pane windows and no weather stripping.

 

One thing is when you enter Old City, people tend to be the rude types (stares, comments, etc).  No matter what happens, prepare for it.  When those people leave Old City and go into the fringe of New District or SIP, it will happen.

 

Suzhou is relatively safe too.

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I am living in Suzhou for the last two years and I love that its clean and green. The best part about is that the Suzhou Industrial park area is quite good and has quite a large number of expats living there. There are many international restaurants and stores as well. The people are quite kind and humble. You will love it too

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Thanks. So when I move to Suzhou in the end of August, What are some of the first places I should go to?

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