By Bob Schulman

Sky Screen tops shopping area.

The folks at China’s heavyweight tourism draw at Suzhou realize the destination isn’t yet a household name around the U.S. and Canada, so they’ve come up with a special promotion for the North American market. Called the “Experience Suzhou: The Venice of China and the City of Scholars” sweepstakes, the online promotion will award nine winners (plus a guest accompanying each winner) a six-day package including free jet flights to China, accommodations at one of Suzhou’s top hotels, select meals and daily guided tours to different locations around the city.

Feeling lucky? You can sign up for the sweepstakes through Oct. 23, 2015, at www.TraveltoSuzhou.com/Sweepstakes. Winners can use their awards from November 2015 through January 2016.

Ancient bridge in Suzhou.

Participants will receive one point for their entry submitted on the sweepstakes website and can earn extra points for a better chance to win by sharing their entry on social channels and correctly answering trivia questions within the entry form.

Sweepstake winners will be announced on the website on or about Oct. 28. You can stay connected with the Suzhou tourism agency throughout the promotion by visiting the destination website, TravelToSuzhou.com, “Liking” the Facebook, and “Following” on Twitter.

Located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta some 70 miles west of Shanghai, 2,500-year-old Suzhou (pronounced Sue-Joe) hosts millions of visitors a year. Besides draws such as the world’s largest Sky Screen (even longer than the four-block-long Fremont Street canopy in Las Vegas) and Asia’s largest Ferris wheel, the city offers more than 400 attractions ranging from pagodas and temples to historical districts, UNESCO-listed gardens and world-class museums.

Garden of the Humble Administrator.

Zuzhou’s nickname “The Venice of China” comes from the city’s narrow streets and winding waterways.

Getting there: Trans-Pacific flights serve three international airports in the Suzhou area: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA),

Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX), the latter just 14 miles from Suzhou.

Photos courtesy of Suzhou Tourism.

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