One of eastern China’s most popular tourist destinations, Suzhou is known for its classical gardens, which combine serene water, rock, tree and pavilion elements to create peaceful natural settings. In addition to gardens, the town is also home to picturesque canals and pagodas. Set about 40 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train, Suzhou can easily be visited in a daytrip. If you go in the spring, you also have a chance to check out the Biluochun Tea Culture and Tourism Festival, which runs through April. Celebrating biluochun, a well-loved type of green tea, the festival involves opportunities to pick tea leaves, watch the tea-making process and enjoy traditional performances.