Suzhou is only 30 minutes away from Shanghai on the fastest high-speed train. The city offers four railway stations to easily connect you to the surrounding cities and the rest of China. The mild climate makes the city a desirable place to live all year round. The entertainment guide, That's Suzhou, has a wealth of information on restaurants, bars, events, and local news.
The location of the Suzhou Industrial Park campus is also very convenient. You can find many apartment options around the campus, and there is easy access to public transportation with just a 10-15 minutes’ walk from campus to metro and bus stations. You can also use taxi-hailing applications on your phone to quickly get you around the city.
We’ve made every effort to create an inspiring, stimulating environment that has everything you need while also providing facilities that look great.
Full of striking, architecturally impressive buildings, our North Campus provides state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory, research and support facilities. This includes the award-winning and iconic Central Building, which houses our Library. Buildings for Science and Engineering programmes are mainly located in the North Campus.
The campus also has world class, fully equipped laboratories, as well as a variety of catering facilities, including a branch of international fast-food sandwich chain Subway, coffee shops and cafes, a Chinese restaurant, and canteen-style offerings.
The first phase of our South Campus was opened to the public on 26 July 2016, as a major part of the University’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Phase II, which included the new building for the International Business School Suzhou opened in 2018. Most recently, XJTLU Gym has opened, offering students and staff a place to focus on physical activities. Within the next year, our School of TV and Film Arts will open, offering a creative space fitting for this field.
Architecturally, the South Campus contrasts our North Campus and features modern designs that complement the surrounding area. The South Campus satisfies the learning and teaching needs of approximately 6,000 XJTLU students as well as the University’s academic exchanges and research development plans.
The Taicang campus is currently under development and in the construction phrase. When completed, it will cover about 1 million square meters. This campus will house 6 schools and be centred around a learning mall. The circular architectural design reflects the integration of the University, industry and the wider community. Programmes here cover a wide range of emerging academic fields, including Intelligent Manufacturing, Internet of Things, AI and Advanced Computing, Robotics, etc. There is a capacity to grow further to a total of 10 schools.
The Taicang campus will focus on:
The campus started enrolment in 2019. When finished the facilities on the campus will be able to accommodate more than 5,000 students by 2025.
Suzhou cuisine is one of the eight famous Chinese cuisines with specialities that include hairy crab and ‘squirrel’ fish. Traditional restaurants can be found downtown on streets such as Guanqian Jie, Ganjiang Lu, Shiquan Jie and Xueshi Jie. Li Gong Di causeway in Suzhou Industrial Park also has a number of Chinese restaurants.
There are many international restaurants and bars, catering to a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements, all over Suzhou Industrial Park, especially at areas around Jinji Lake including Xingdu Plaza, Li Gong Di, Moon Harbour and Times Square. Home delivery services also make both Chinese and international cuisine easily accessible and convenient.
Of the many museums and galleries in Suzhou that are well worth a visit, one of the most popular is the Suzhou Museum, designed by world-famous architect I.M.Pei.
If you are interested in paintings and calligraphy, the Suzhou Art Gallery displays regional paintings, calligraphy and modern art, whilst a smaller French-owned gallery on Pingjiang Street, displays both Chinese and foreign art.
For music lovers, the Suzhou Ping-Tan Museum and Suzhou Kun Qu Museum perform traditional Suzhou dialect and Chinese opera.
In addition to the traditional shops located in old Suzhou, there are modern international shopping malls and centres such as Times Square, Suzhou Centre, Shin Kong Place, Harmony Plaza, Eslite Bookstore and InCity Mall that house clothing, homeware and electronics stores as well as supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops.
In addition to the many local food shops selling fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, Suzhou also has a number of large international supermarkets selling Chinese and imported food, such as Sam’s Club, Auchan, Carrefour, and Metro. There are also a variety of smaller international food stores that stock imported goods. The proximity to Shanghai also makes online shopping possible with a wide range of online supermarkets catering to foreign cuisine.
On the North Campus, there are several outdoor tennis and basketball courts. Two gyms are open for XJTLU staff.
There are many other choices of gyms and sports facilities around campus, such as Dushu Lake Higher Education Town Sports Centre and Suzhou Olympic Sports Center. Sporting events are also held throughout the year including the Suzhou Jinji Lake half marathon in April and a Tai Lake half marathon in November.
Suzhou is a remarkable city to explore, whether you visit the old streets, canals and gardens, the modern attractions around Jinji Lake, or the scenic spots further out, such as Tai Lake of the mountains of Mudu.
This historic street is a popular place for both tourists and locals of all ages. The canals, bridges and buildings have been maintained and incorporate a variety of tourist shops, art galleries and museums, coffee shops and restaurants.
In addition to Pingjiang Road, there are many areas in Suzhou that feature canals, such as Shantang Street, which at over 1,200 years old is one of China's oldest and most famous streets.
This lake at the centre of Suzhou Industrial Park is surrounded by parks, winding paths and statues, as well as many commercial areas with shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. You can expect great views during both the day and night.