North Temple Pagoda

Yet another pagoda to climb. This one is the tallest in Suzhou, not to mention the tallest south of the Yangtze River, at a height of 76m. The temple complex dates back 1700 years, though naturally none of the buildings from that time still survive. Climbing to the top of the nine storey octagonal pagoda will allow some nice views of the city, so long as it’s a relatively clear day.

Admission: ¥25. Open: 7:45-17:30.

Address: 1918 Renmin Lu. Tel: +86 (0512) 6753 1197.

Directions: North Temple Pagoda is on Renmin Lu, at the intersection with Xibei Jie. It’s a direct walk west from the Humble Administrator’s Garden (10-15 minutes). To get there, show the Chinese above to a taxi driver, or take tourist buses Y1 or Y2 (from Tiger Hill, the train station or the Humble Administrator’s Garden).

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去北寺塔,谢谢。 (Please take me to North Temple Pagoda. Thank you.)