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Best Suzhou Tour of Garden Exploration From Shanghai By Bullet Train

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Best Suzhou Tour of Garden Exploration From Shanghai By Bullet Train covering the most popular classic gardens in Suzhou,let our guide tell you the background.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Shantang Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

Pick-up point:
Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

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Tour Itinerary Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou from Shanghai by train
  • Today's Activities: Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Shantang Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

In the morning, you will take a bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, it takes only 25 minutes. Upon arrival, our tour guide will pick you up at the exit of Suzhou train station with a welcome signage “Suzhou Private Tour”. And start your tour in Suzhou.

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Our Suzhou Pick Up Sign "Suzhou Private Tour"

Your first destination is Lion Grove Garden. The garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks at its center. It is one of the four most famous and representative gardens of ancient classical style in Suzhou City. The other three are Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion), Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) and Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan). The name of the garden is derived from the shape of these rocks, which are said to resemble lions. The garden is recognized with other classical gardens in Suzhou as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Next to 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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Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, our tour guide will give you best recommendations on spot.

In the afternoon, 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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Move on to Shantang Street. It also called Seven-mile Shantang, is located in the northwest of Suzhou, and the total length of it is about seven li (3.5 kilometers). Shantang Street in Suzhou attracts many tourists from home and abroad. Most of them prefer traveling along the canal, enjoying beautiful scenery. Owing to its distinguished geographic location and convenient water and land transportation, Shantang Street was one of the streets which 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”. There is a folk song, singing “There is a paradise in heaven, but there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on the earth. Hangzhou has the West Lake while Suzhou has Shantang. Both are good places with boundless sceneries”, which is the vivid image of Shantang.

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Your final stop is Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory. It was built in Suzhou in 1926. It is divided into three parts: the exhibition hall which showsthe history of Suzhou silk and some ancient collections; the working spot, where you can see how the silk is made; and the product exhibition hall, exhibiting the main products of this factory, the silk wadding quilts. The factorygains a good reputation in the silk industry for its complete technical process of silkworm raising, cocoon sorting,cocoon boiling, and silk reeling, rewinding and packing. Suzhou first silk mill provides magic silk production and fashion show the whole process, so as to prove the Chinese silk glorious history. At the same time,it also describes the history of the development of Chinese silk response which further profound Chinese culture.In this factory you can not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some histories of silk in China.

After the visit of Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, our tour guide will take you back to Suzhou train station and your tour ends.

If you visit Suzhou from Shanghai, there are some useful tips for you to puchase 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

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.

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Philip Sutton
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Best Suzhou Tour of Garden Exploration From Shanghai By Bullet Train

This was my first time to see Suzhou and I saw what I want just in one day. Thanks to Suzhou Private Tour, they ware excellent, the tour operators are very promptly, returned my emails within minutes and were receptive to everything I asked. And they provide very professional guided service and driver service. I travel alone and didnot know this city at all, but David, the guide was very helpful, made my tour very smooth and flexible so that I can see what I want, even some spots were not expected in the itinerary.

David was knowledgeable, told me the profound history of Suzhou as to my preference, he had a great sight into each spot and knew the rich history and stories behind it, which really impressed me. David took me to visit the classical gardens with the flower pond and typical Chinese architecture, I also saw several wedding couples taking wedding photos in the garden.
Another aspect I must mention is our driver, he was very polite and skilfull. It was alway smooth and comfortable for us to different destinations and he came on time once finished one sight so we didn't waste our time.

I absolutely cannot recommend this Suzhou Tour of Garden Exploration From Shanghai by bullet train enough!

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