The long history of Suzhou can be seen from its cityis famous historic structures - old village canals,stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed UNESCO WorldHeritage gardens, but also cultural aspects such as silk, handicrafts,and Kunqu Opera drawing millions of domestic and overseas touristseach year. Marco Poloonce described Suzhou as the 'Venice of the East'.Suzhou's historic Pingjiang Road offers tourist shops,coffee shops and art galleries. Other popular culturalattractions include the Suzhou Museum designed by theworld famous architect I M Pei.
There are a number of religions, including major Christian denominations, as wellas Islam, Buddhism, and Taoism.
Suzhou is one of the largest economies in China, witha GDP of over RMB 1 trillion (approximately USD 195 billion).One-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies operatein Suzhou. This creates internships and many employmentopportunities for our students and graduates.
Favourite student places and activities
Some of Suzhou's main entertainment hubs are locatedaround the scenic Jinji Lake, SIP. TheSuzhou Art and CultureCentre houses contains a theatre IMAX cinema, one of the qualified .Suzhou also has many sports centres and internationalhotels. For nightlifeof the city, there are many restaurants, barsand clubs in Ligongdi area one of the most popularlocations. Students can also visit many traditional Chinese gardenswhich are mainly located at the downtown: Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion's Grove Garden, Lingering Garden etc.Besides its classic gardens, Suzhou is also famous for Kunqu Opera and Pingtan (ballad-singing in Suzhou dialect). You can find silk, handicrafts such as embroidery, fans, traditional Chinese musical instruments, lanterns, furniture, jade carvings, silk tapestry, traditional paintings, wood-block prints, etc, not to mention the crabs from Yangcheng Lake.
The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) has been providing hospitality education since 1991. The school was the first of its kind in Australia when it opened and has grown to be recognised as the leading provider of Hospitality Degree Courses. Over 24 years the Leura campus has developed hospitality degree courses where students live and study in a simulated hotel environment. This reflects the famous Swiss hotel school model of teaching and learning.We provide internationally recognised hospitality and business degree courses that are highly respected within the global hotel, restaurant, catering and event management industries.
You can choose to study an Undergraduate business degree in International Hotel and Resort Management, International Event Management or International Restaurant and Catering Management We also provide Masters Degree Programs, which include International Hotel Management and Global Business Management. In 2013, BMIHMS ranked as the number 1 hospitality management school in Asia Pacific and Australia (TNS Survey 2013).
You can find more information about us through: www.bluemountains.edu.au
The campus offers first class facilities and features the new practical training laboratory, which opened in November 2011. This features an 'in-situ' Hotel Reception with uses the 'Opera' Property Management System, Restaurant and Bar with Micro Point of Sales, Commercial Kitchen, a Wine Exhibition Centre, a Hotel-Style Mock Room and a Research Centre for Hotel Operations.
- The Practical Building
The practical building contains with world class facilities thatprovide a simulated hotel environment for students to developtheir skills in Food & Beverage and Front Desk. We are alsorunning our BM Restaurant for our students during the practicalclass weeks. The BM Restaurant is also the most popularvenue for SRC events after class.
- Research Centre
The Research Centre more commonly called the "RC" by the students. It is one of the best places for group study, reading a book, collecting secondary data research and also to ask advice from our friendly academic staff on site who are always happy to help.
Research Centre is located in the middle of our campus, opposite to our Blue Mountains Restaurant. The research centre provides books related to the subjects taught in our program, and also provides access to Mac book computers and a printer in order for the students to print their reports or presentations.The research Centre opens from Monday to Friday from 13.00 to 17.00.
- Customer Designed Dormitory
Starting in March 2015, all students have now moved into the new dormitory, designed to provide a more comfortable living environment to all students.Each room is equipped with furniture, air-conditioner, water heater, network sockets, free Wi-Fi and a wash room. In the accommodation area, a public study room, laundries, and a bicycle park area are also available to all students.There are staff members on duty 24 hours a day in the dormitory to provide any help students need, and they work as the first contact point for any housekeeping, maintenance and other enquiries.
- Games Room
The Student games room is located within the grounds of the student dormitories. This Building is designed for the students to relax, build lasting friendships and to have fun. The games room is equipped with a home cinema, Bar, Foosball table, pool table, darts, as well as vending machine. The games room is also where staff and students operate and run school and social events from cultural nights, school parties, movie nights and in-house competitions.
- The Student's Square
The Student's Square encompasses the dormitory precinct offering a student canteen, cafes, a mini-market, retail shops, hairdressing salon, printing & photocopy services and more.
- Sports Centre
Students can use theSports Centre locatedwithin the International Education Park for allkinds of sports and exercises.It is about a 10 minutewalk from Campus.The Sports Centre is athree-level complex forsports and entertainment,and includes an indoorswimming pool, fitnessclub, basketball and badmintoncourts, billiardsand table tennis tables.