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Skip The Line: Incredible Suzhou Garden Day Tour

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Suzhou is noted as "City of Garden", is famous throughout China for its classical gardens. If you love Chinese garden and architectures, this tour is perfect for you! Accompanied by your expert guide over 10+ years guiding experience and skillful driver, enjoy a 7-hour tour to discover the top Suzhou gardens in one day. From Humble Administrator's Garden, to the Lingering Garden, the Master of Nets Garden, the Surging Wave Pavilion and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. You'll not only get a better understanding about Chinese architecture and special elements for gardens, but also learn the rich history, culture, people's old lifestyle of Suzhou.

Duration: 6-8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):
Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of Nets Garden, Surging Wave Pavilion, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely (based on your requirements)

Payment Types:
Cash, Wire, Paypal, Western Union, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, The Master of Nets Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

In the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby or Suzhou train station with a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour". One day tour in Suzhou includes the following attractions and activities:

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Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"

Your tour starts with The Humble Administrator’s Garden, it is the largest private garden in Suzhou with a total area of 51,950 square meters (5.2 hectares) in the northeastern part of Suzhou. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the Summer Palace, Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde and Lingering Garden of Suzhou. The garden consists of Eastern, Central and Western sections as well as some residences of the former owners. The art of the Humble Administrator's Garden has a prominent position in the history of China's garden creation. It represents the historical characteristics and achievements of south-east China's private gardens.

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Next you visit Lingering Garden. Lingering Garden is located the southern city of Suzhou Chang outside. It is a famous tourist scenic spot, is the world cultural heritage. It is with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Summer Resort Palace, Chengde summer Resort are called China's four big gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing.The garden of the space 23300 square meters, the main style of Qing dynasty style. Lingering Garden looks concise and rich forest of. Building looks a lot, but does not lose the feeling of quiet.

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In the afternoon, move on to The Master of Nets Garden, which is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. The garden is divided into three sections: a residential section, the central main garden and an inner garden.This12th century gem (later refurbished in the 18th century) and UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an impressive garden and nightly Kunqu opera performances, but it’s best known for its architectural splendor. The garden is especially fancied by overseas visitors and is praised as the most ornate and intact private gardens in Suzhou.

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Continue your tour to The Canglang Pavilion, it variously translated as the Great Wave Pavilion, Surging Wave Pavilion, or Blue Wave Pavilion, is one of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou that are jointly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest among the existing classical gardens in Suzhou and also one of the four most famous gardens in the city -- the others being the Shizilin (Lion Grove), Zhuozhengyuan (Humble Administrator's Garden) and Liuyuan (Lingering Garden). Situated in the southwest quadrant of the city, it is located directly to the west of the Confucian temple. The garden underwent numerous renovations in the centuries to follow, but retains its essential form.

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The last stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Suzhou has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. Suzhou's climate and soil are perfect for silk production, and the city has been a center of China's silk trade for many centuries. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has been a proud steward of this heritage for over 80 years. It's more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the beginning and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.

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After the tour, drive you back to your hotel or Suzhou train station and the tour ends.

If you visit Suzhou from Shanghai, there are some useful Tips for you to Purchase Train Ticket:
From Shanghai to Suzhou:
Option 1: G7104 Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 08:54AM and arrive at 09:30AM
Option 2: G7006 Shanghai Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 09:00AM and arrive at 09:25AM
Please choose one of the above options according to your hotel location

From Suzhou to Shanghai
Option 1: G7119 Depart at 17:56 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 18:32
Option 2: G7243 Depart at 18:02 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Station at 18:27


Optional Activities
We provide off the beaten track Suzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).

A Touch of Life in Suzhou - Morning Wet Market Experience    (Free of Charge)
Visit the local wet markt is an oppotunity to experience the local's life in the hidden parts of the city, avoiding the beaten tracks or fully packed tourist sites. You will be immersed in the local culture as we make our way through the hustle and bustle of narrow alleyways surrounded by the buzzing of vehicles and yelling of street vendors. For the time being the Wet Market scene in Suzhou is all still very much "old China"and is very much alive.

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Getting into Suzhou Tiger Hill Wedding Gown Street    (Free of Charge)
If you want to look gogorgeous on your wedding day but don't want to splurge your entire life savings on your wedding, then Suzhou Tiger Wedding Gown Street is a paradise for you. It is a street after street of endless shops selling nothing but wedding stuff with affordable price but good design & quality. Think of it as a one stop solution to all your wedding day needs.

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Delvo into the brillant culture of Su Embroidery     (Free of Chagre)
Gian a comprehensive cultural introduction of Su Embroidery with your guide by visiting the Su Embroidery Research Institute. Su Embroidery is one of the four major styles of Chinese embroidery. Here you'll be able to learn the process of how to make the most exquisite silk hand embroidery - Su Embroidery.

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Shopping Like A Local   (Free of Charge)
Shopping at Suzhou is not only enjoy the materials, but also to receive a kind of taste and culture. The rivers and lakes at the south of the Yangtze River bring intelligence to the Suzhou people, which make them produce particularly delicate goods. Just follow your tour guide, enjoy your shopping in Suzhou, you'll get a feeling of leisure.

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Experience Chinese rickshaw ride at Suzhou old Town      (100RMB/rickshaw, max: 4 people)
If you want to travel Suzhou in-depth, riding on a rickshaw at Suzhou old town is fantastic. See the narrow lanes, the open markets and the local people's life more clearly. And the professional rickshaw pullers are often familiar with Suzhou’s history, culture and folk customs, from whom you will gain a more understanding of traditions and cultures of this famous garden city.

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Private Boat Ride on Grand Canal      (180RMB/boat, max: 6 people)
Enjoy a private boat ride on Grand Canal in Suzhou to appreciate the ancient black-tiled-roof houses, old bridges, and get a fell for the life of the locals. Tranquil, peaceful and historical, just like a time machine to take you back to the old era when ancient people communicated mainly by shipping on the waterway. 

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Act as A Local - Enjoy A Cup of Tea at Local Teahouse    (80RMB/person on average)
Drink tea and enjoy the Suzhou opera in an old-world ambience is a prat of local's life. The local teahousw is famous for its tea and "Ping Tan" (a Chinese form of storytelling accompanied with music played by stagers.) You'll definitely be attracted by the architecture and the Ping Tan nice sound from inside. It is a good way of appreciating the Suzhou culture by drinking tea and listening to the traditional Ping Tan. 

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Experience Pottery in Suzhou   (100RMB/person)
If you are interested in Chinese ceramics culture, why not take a short class to learn how make a pottery in your way.  Your teacher will teach you how to make a good pottery artwork even you are the first time to experice the ceramic pottery making, our tour guide will translate to you. 

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Learn How to Perform Suzhou Kunqu Opera        (Price is TBA)         
Kunqu Opera in Suzhou is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. Under the guidance of your teache, get your own way to know how to use Kunqu style body language to show your emossion.  you'll wear the Kunqu dress and learn how to act the Kunqu Opera. Also, you could have chance to learn how to do Kunqu Opera style make-up.

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Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide


Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Lisa D
Reviewed 24 December 2019
Great Shanghai to Suzhou Day Tour with Anita

I went on a tour around Suzhou with Anita who was a lovely, friendly tour guide. She was very informative and was always willing to answer any questions we had. I'm looking forward to returning to Suzhou to explore more and would definitely tour with Anita again.
Highly recommend Suzhou Private Tour and Anita, 5+ service!

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Kevin
Reviewed 05 August 2019
Suzhou Day Tour From Shanghai by Train

Hello

I am interested in custom one-day tour with 1-2 Suzhou Gardens, Hanshan Temple, Tongli water town with boat excursion. We would come by train from Shanghai on Monday, September 9. Can you let me know is it possible and what will be the price of a private tour for three of us?
Dose tickets to all attraction included in the price?
Will you help us to purchase the round-way Shanghai Suzhou train tickets?
Please contact by email.

Thank you,
Kevin

Replied:05 August 2019

Dear Kevin,

Thanks for your inquiry for Suzhou Private Tour service. Well noted your requirements, we will customized the itinerary cater to your needs, the entrance ticket, English speaking guide, private transfer and round-way Shanghai Suzhou train ticket will be included in the quotation. We will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email within 1 hour. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Customer-care Team

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Elise
Reviewed 02 August 2019
Amazing Suzhou Garden Tour

My wife and I booked this last minute while on vacation in Shanghai. Our tour guide Demi was great. This is truly the only way to do a trip like this. Having a driver and not having to worry about taxis made things worry free. There is no way we could have seen everything on our own. Demi was able to explain the history behind the places we went to. Lunch was good to, we were able to try food we would have never ordered. I would definitely do this again.

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Steven P
Reviewed 07 July 2018
Suzhou Gardens private tour - Ruby is a gem!

I highly recommend the Suzhou garden tour. Everything was managed very smoothly, and began with or tour guide Ruby meeting us at the train station. She was very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable throughout the entire day.

The gardens were beautiful, and Ruby provided a lot of context and insight into their design and composition.

Overall a great experience!

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Michele B
Reviewed 13 June 2018
Visit Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Dear Staff at Suzhou Private Tours, I would like to visit Suzhou with my friend in Mid Oct. We will travel to Suzhou from Shanghai by high speed train. I saw several Suzhou day tours are very interesting. Since this is our first time visit China, may I ask how long should we stay in Suzhou for a basic tour? Thank you.

Replied:13 June 2018

Hello, thanks for your inquiry. Normally, one day is enough for Suzhou city area. The one day Suzhou garden tour listed on above covers most popuar gardens of Suzhou. If you want to explore historic sites and culture, then you can choose one day classic Suzhou tour or Suzhou essence day tour, which including Hanshan Temple, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Pingjiang Historic Street. For those who are interested in China water towns and want to see the traditional buildings and experience the old lifestyle of ancient China, you are recommended spend one more day to Zhouzhuang or Tongli water town. Plz advise. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

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Joemcz
Reviewed 05 June 2018
Excellent guided tour of Suzhou Gardens

Very well organised tour. We were met at the train station, and the whole day was well planned. Both the guide and driver were very friendly. Susan, our guide spoke perfect english and had extensive knowledge of all the attractions. Suzhou gardens are well worth a visit, as is the shopping street in the old town. I thoroughly recommend visiting Suzhou with Suzhou Private Tours!

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