Designed by I. M. Pei, who spent his childhood in Suzhou, the Suzhou Museum is a joy. The architecture reminds me of Pei’s museum in Miho, Japan. It’s modern with bold geometric lines and takes its cues from nature and culture by using local materials and creating traditional gardens.
The exquisite collection of ancient artifacts, porcelain, jade, nephrite, bronze, calligraphy and paintings are presented well. Unlike many collections in China, this one features plenty of English signs for international visitors. The collection’s fascinating, but not so large that you get overwhelmed or tired. What’s more the museum is free.
There’s no better way to spend a few hours in Suzhou.
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