Local Attractions & Facilities

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Local Facilities

Amid the hustle and bustle of Changshu City are many tourist attractions, city gardens and temples, restaurants as well as all the local facilities you would expect from a major city.

  • Banks & ATMs
  • A Supermarket
  • Cafes
  • Bakeries
  • KFC
  • McDonalds
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Hospitals and Pharmacies
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What electricity plugs are used in China?

Domestic electricity supply voltage varies between countries. Over 30 countries (including those in North America) use a voltage of 110V~130V, while another 120 countries (including most of Europe), use a voltage of 220V~230V.

The electricity in China is generally 220V, 50HZ, AC.

If you wish to bring electric devices for use during your stay, a transformer, may be necessary. Most of the hotels in China have both 110V and 220V electrical outlets in the bathrooms, though in guest rooms usually only 220V sockets are available.

As the shape of a socket varies between countries, a portable plug adaptor may also be necessary.

Mobile Phones

A Chinese SIM card, combined with an international mobile phone, is the most economical solution for making and receiving mobile phone calls while in China.

SIMs for mobile phones on China’s Mobile networks can be purchased at the Pudong airport, or at, mobile phone dealers in large shopping malls and at China Mobile stores. Please note it can take about an hour to organize and there will be a language barrier. You will require your passport to purchase a sim card. We suggest that you test the service in store to make sure it works.

Please also note, china have restrictions on most western social media including Facebook, Instagram and twitter.

You might want to look at; http://www.saporedicina.com/english/vpn-how-to-access-facebook-in-china/

Local Attractions

Shang Lake

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Located to the south of Yu Hill, Shang Lake, is an extensive waterway of 8 square kilometres, and was named after the legendary Jiang Shang (Taigong) who spent much of his life fishing around the lake.

Zhao Garden

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Situated in southwest Changshu City, Zhao Garden was established during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), it covers 7 square kilometres, with 2.5 square kilometres of lakes, with all of the buildings in the garden surrounded by water.

Yu Hill

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Situated in the west of Changshu City, Yu Hill is one of the important scenic zones of the historical National Tai Lake zone. Formerly known as “Wumu Hill” it was renamed in commemoration of the progenitor of Wu Culture – Yuzhong. The dominating landform of Yu Hill has an altitude of over 260 metres and stretches for a distance of 9 kilometres on the edge of the city.

Xingfu Temple

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Xingfu Temple is classified by the central government as one of the most important Buddhist temples in China. Established as “Poshan Temple” in 494 during the Nan Qi Dynasty (479-502). The temple was given its current name in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The temple complex houses the Square Pagoda mentioned earlier.

Square Pagoda

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The Square Pagoda was initially built in 1130 during the Nan Song Dynasty. It is located in the middle of the city and is a 4 sided, 9 story, post and panel construction of symbolic of ancient Changshu.

Wengtonghe Museum

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Wengtonghe was the teacher of Emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Located in the centre of ancient Changshu City, the museum is based on his house and contains his writings and other works and is filled with furniture from the period.