Tiger Hill is located at 5 kilometers northwest of Suzhou center. Although it is only 36 meters high, the hill not a little resemble a crouching tiger and is notable for its intricately woven pathway and pagodas. This hill is a must-see for history buffs and anyone up for a stroll.
The most famous attractions on the hill are the Pagoda of the Yunyan Temple and Sword Pool. With the history of more than 1000 years, the Pagoda of the Yunyan Temple is the oldest one and become the symbol of Suzhou. As the world's second leaning tower, the Pagoda with height of 48 meters has leaned 359' to the northwest. As for Sword Pool, a legendary story goes like: He Lv was a fanatic collector of rare and precious swords, so he ordered to excavate a man-made pool to remain these swords beneath the pool as funerary objects. Emperor Qinshihuan once tried to find these swords but failed. After exploring this pool, the pool is proved to be a natural one.
At the east foot of the Hill, Wanjing Villa, a miniature replica of Suzhou gardens, is an ideal place to enjoy the ancient art of bonsai tree growing. With dense and lush vegetation and rich kinds of plants, the villa display thousands of specimens.
By the way, Tiger Hill is the very important folk assembly site. In spring, the flowers show impresses tourists with numbers of rare flowers like peony and tulips. In autumn, temple fair is held to show the folk art and customs.
Opening Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Admission: RMB 60 (October 31-April 5), RMB 80 (April 6-October 30)
Address: 585 Huqiu Hill, near Shantang Street
Telephone: 512 6532 3488
How to Get to: Take the tourist buses Y1 and Y2.