Add:Western suburbs of Suzhou New District, Suzhou
Tianping Hill, located 14 kilometers west of Suzhou, is one of the favored scenic spots around Mudu water town. The hill’s famous rockeries are thought to resemble scholars holding tablets as they seek an audience with the emperor, and so are called “Thousands of Tablets in Audience with the Heaven.” Halfway up the hill, you will find the White Cloud Spring, with waters that were highly praised by Lu Yu, China’s first patron saint of tea culture.
What is perhaps the most impressive view at Tianping Hill can only be seen in the autumn, when the maples covering the hillside turn red. These ancient trees were brought to Tianping Hill from Fujian Province during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), turning the hill into a popular scenic spot over the centuries that have since passed.