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Ultimate Suzhou Sightseeing Day Tour From Shanghai by Bullet Train with First Class Seat

From $118 per person

Tour Style:
Riding on first class seat bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, one of the most popular tourist cities in China is very convenient and suit for travelers who have limited time. This tour is 100% flexible and covers all Suzhou attractions, such as Humble Administrators Garden, Suzhou Musuem, Panmen Gate, Shantang Street and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. We will book the entrance ticket onlince in advance to escape the crowd, make you trip more comfortable and relax. Hotel pickup & drop-off, round way train ticket, entrance fee, lunch, private transport and guide are all included.

Duration: 8-9 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Humble Administrators Garden, Suzhou Musuem, Panmen Gate, Shantang Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your requirements in your inquiry)

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

Available: Daily

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Tour by bullet train
  • Today's Activities: Humble Administrators Garden, Suzhou Musuem, Panmen Gate, Shantang Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: L

In the morning, greet your Shanghai driver at your Shanghai hotel, you'll find a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour", drive you to Shanghai train station to catch your bullet train to Suzhou. Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up at the exit of the train station with the same sign.

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Our Pick Up Sign "Suzhou Private Tour"

With your personal tour guide, 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 to Panmen Gate. Panmen Gate, noted as the the historical landmark in Suzhou, is the only water and lan parallel gate existed in China, is one of the signs of the ancient city of Suzhou. Ruiguang Pagoda, Wumen Bridge, Wuxiang Temple, and Fangsheng Pool in the Panmen Cate Scenc Are are all precious historical and cultureal heritages in China. Pavilions, corridors, bridges, forest, and so on were built to reflec the scenery around Panmen Gate.

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Later head to Suzhou Museum. Suzhou Museum is located in the national historic landmark, Zhong Wang Fu Palace complex, it has been highly-regarded regional museum with a number of significant Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and handmade crafts. The new Suzhou Museum designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei who was Chinese-born American architect noted for his large but elegantly designed urban buildings and complexes. The design of the museum takes its cues from the rich vocabulary of Suzhou's traditional architecture, with its whitewashed plaster walls, dark grey clay tile roofs and intricate garden architecture. However these basic elements have been reinterpreted and synthesized into a new language and order, one that is contemporary and forward looking and hopefully one that is a possible direction for the future of Chinese modern architecture.

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Continue your tour to Shantang Street. Shantang Street was one of the streets where the trade and culture were most highly developed in Ming and Qing dynasties, regarded as "the No.1 Ancient Street in China". The renovated Shantang Street becomes the place which shows the essence of natural views and human landscapes of Suzhou, which is rated as "the miniature of old Suzhou and the window of Wu culture". The Shantang Street parallels with the waterway, along the street stand a good many stores and halls which have delicate and graceful styles and scatter properly. 

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Your last stop is Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. Suzhou is regarded as silk capital in China with Hangzhou. Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill is the best place for you to get close to China Silk and the real life of silkworm. It gains a good reputation for its traditional skills to make silk and the exhibitions of culture and history of silk in China, it has been a leader in local silk production. A complete silk manufacturing facility, the No. 1 Silk Factory handles every facet of production from raising silkworms and cocoon boiling to reeling and packing. 

After the tour ends, drive you back to Suzhou train station and you return to Shanghai. You will be taken back to your hotel once you arrived.


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 sharing one 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
6. Admission Fee: All first admission/entrance fee     s 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.

Questions & Answers or Review
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Mark D
Reviewed 24 December 2019
Beautiful Suzhou tour from Shanghai with amazing guide

My friends and I had an incredible tour around Suzhou with Anita who happily answered our questions and informed us about the history and legends of Suzhou in an engaging way that highlighted the area's beauty. I would love to go to Suzhou again to get to know this beautiful and ancient city.

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James V
Reviewed 16 December 2019
Day trip from Shanghai on 5th January 2020

Hello,

We have 4 adults staying at Toy Story Hotel Shanghai Disneyland wanting to do day trip to Suzhou with bullet train on the 5th of January. Can you please quote the price for us. If pickup is unable from our hotel, please let us know where pickup is in downtown Shanghai. We would pay with PayPal.

Thanks

Replied:16 December 2019

Dear Jeams,

Thanks for your inquiry for our Suzhou tour service. Pickup & drop-off service can be arranged at your Shanghai hotel. 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 Tours Customer-care Team

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David
Reviewed 12 October 2019
Suzhou Tour

We are a party of three men. We will be in Shanghai over this coming weekend and would like to arrange with you a private tour to Suzhou for Monday, October 14. We have been to Suzhou once, several year ago, and visited the humble garden, tiger hill, etc.

On this occasion we would like a guide to take us to the Lingering garden, the Panmen gate, the Hanshan temple, lunch and then go to the No.1 Silk Mill or museum tour and silk shopping.

We can take the train to Suzhou and return back to Shanghao on the evening of the same Monday, October 14. Pick up and return would be at Suzhou station.

Please quote and instruct English guide please.

Thank you
David

Replied:12 October 2019

Dear David,

Thanks for your inquiry for our service. Well noted your requirements, visiting Suzhou from Hangzhou by train is a very good option. We will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email by today. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Customer-care Team

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Evelyn
Reviewed 29 August 2019
Excellent Suzhou tour from Shanghai, Great tour agency

The last minute booking was fantastic. We received a prompt response from Suzhou Private Tour to the request I sent out for information the day before. Most companies, we discovered, would not respond that promptly. Sam/Bonnie, the agent who respond to my email, was patient and provided me several tour options. We had a great time with our guide, May. She spoke excellent English and was highly personable and educated. She had extensive knowledgeable about Suzhou, the beautiful gardens, the architectures, pingjiang road and Suzhou no.1 silk mill we visited and China as a whole. By the end of the day, we felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend. There is no doubt that we learned far more from travelling with May that we would have walking around the sites on our own. She was never at a loss for information and she was highly responsive to our needs.

Highly recommend this tour company, Suzhou Private Tour and May is wonderful!

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Elena
Reviewed 15 August 2019
Best guide and customized tour of Suzhou

My husband, my 13-year-old daughter & I booked the 5 days Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou tour package with this Suzhou Private Tour company. This is a review of the Suzhou part of the trip.
We only spent one day in Suzhou, it was a busy day visiting Humble Administrator's Garden, Ouyuan Garden, Panmen Gate, Shantang Street and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. Demi was our tour guide and she was amazing! Demi is the local, she loves Suzhou and shared a lot of valuable information about Suzhou and China with us which made the Suzhou experience extremely memorable. Demi was also a very enthusiastic caring and generous guide taking us to see the unbelievable treasures of the area. She treated us like her friends and acted like a big sister to my daughter.
All in all a great experience and I recommend Suzhou Private Tour for anyone considering a tour of China.

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Alok
Reviewed 02 August 2019
Entertaining Suzhou Private Day Tour from Shanghai with Guide Cathy

This was the experience of a lifetime and on my bucket list. I enjoyed it more than i thought I would. It was hot during the tour we went in July. but we enjoyed this tour with guide Cathy very much. Suzhou is a beautiful city and it has a number of beautiful gardens to visit. We visited the Humble Administrator's Garden, Hanshan Temple, Suzhou old town, a food street and silk factory. Humble Administrator's Garden was my favorite surprise during my whole day Suzhou tour. I dubbed it the "Garden of Ten Thousand Photos," because I literally pointed my camera randomly and get jigsaw puzzle-level beauty in every shot.

Cathy, our tour guide was great, considerate and really knew what she was talking about, she shared the history and culture of this city and sights. This Suzhou tour is perfect that covers all the places we wanted to see. We all had an amazing time with Cathy. Highly recommend Cathy and Suzhou Private Tour company.

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Karen
Reviewed 19 July 2019
Suzhou Private Tour From Shanghai By bullet train

Day trip from Shanghai to probably Suzhou or Tongli or both. We want to see as much as we can seen 1 day while in Shanghai. We arrive to Shanghai followed by a previous 8 day tour and have a free day on November 1, 2019 and a half day on November 2 prior to returning to the USA on the evening of November 2. We are interested in seeing beautiful watertown's and even into the evening to see the beautiful lights. We are also interested in traveling by the bullet train, doing a canal ride and a Rickshaw ride, UNESC world heritage sites and gardens or whatever you feel the must see things to see. We are not at all interested in the silk factory.

Replied:19 July 2019

Dear Karen,

Thanks for your inquiry for our service. Well noted your requirements, we will customize the tour itinerary cater to your needs. And yes, do one day Suzhou city tour with Tongli Water Town from Shanghai by train can be arranged. We will send you the detailed Suzhou itinerary and quotation by email within 12 hours. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Customer-care Team

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