Jinji Lake is a small fresh water lake
located in the central part of the Suzhou Industrial Park
. It covers an area of 7.18 square kilometres and has an average depth of about 2.5 to 3 metres. There are two man-made islands in the lake. The government invested 8.9 billion RMB to meticulously create a cultural exhibition area, including functional areas for leisure, food and shopping, including a sightseeing and central water scenery zone. At present, the landmark buildings of Jinji Lake include the SSCAC Culture and Arts center, the Suzhou Expo Center, and the Ferris Wheel Park, as well as the soon to be open Gate of the Orient building.
The Gate of Orient is located on the west side of Jinji Lake. It’s a 301.8-meter high skyscraper. Known locally as the "big pants", there is no doubt that the Gate of Orient has become a new Suzhou landmark.
The Expo Center is located on the northeast side of Jinji Lake. It covers an area of 188.6 thousand square metres. It first opened on 20th October, 2004. The shape of the Expo Center is very unique, like a huge open fan.
SSCAC is located on the eastern side of Jinji Lake, covering an area of about 150 thousand square metres. It includes an arts theatre, restaurants, an IMAX cinema, a museum of science and technology and a business centre. As the architecture bears a resemblance to Beijing's "birds' nest". People often call it the Suzhou birds' nest.
The Suzhou Ferris Wheel Park is located on the northeast corner of the lake, covering an area of more than 30 thousand square meters. The park features a Sambo playground, carousel, roller coaster and of course the signature Ferris wheel. The wheel is 120 meters high and the entire expanse of Jinji Lake can be seen while taking a ride on it. The Ferris Wheel Park also offers boat rides to the centre of Jinji Lake Island.
Boat trips: there is a wide range of boat trip options on the lake for tourists. Read more here
Opening hours and admission fees
Opening time: all day.
Special points of interest
SSCAC, Expo Centre, Ferris Wheel Park, Li Gongdi, Moon Harbor.
Address, phone / contact person:
Hubin Guangchang, Jinjihu Lake, Suzhou SIP.