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Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour

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Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour
  • Fully Guided Suzhou Private Classic Day Tour

Tour Style:
"In heaven there is paradise, on earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou". Suzhou features its canals, beautiful gardens, bridges and pagodas. This 8-hour private flexible tour is the most popular Suzhou day tour chosen by our clients from these years. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide over 10+ years, you'll visit the top Suzhou attractions, wander among lotus pond and bamboo groved at Lingering Garden, one of four famous gardens in China; explore the Hanshan Temple's charm, admire Panmen Gate to learn the profound history of Suzhou, take a pleasant stroll down ancient street, see how silk to be made into products and return back in a private air-conditioned vehicle.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, 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! (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: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Pick you up at your hotel lobby or Suzhou train station with a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour".  One day Suzhou classic tour includes the following acctractions:

Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"

Your tour begins with Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest 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. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.A good place to let your mind and body rest.

Private One Day Suzhou Classic Tour with Lingering_Garden4.jpg

Next agenda is Panmen Gate. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Built by Wu State during the spring and autumn period, Panmen is the only ancient city wall still intact in Suzhou.

Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant that recommended by your experienced guide. (THEY ARE FOODIES, they really know where and what to eat in the city.)

After lunch, pay a visit to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens. A good place to let your mind and body rest.

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For an authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down Pingjiang Historic Street, which is a great way to get acquainted with the local vibe. Quiet, leafy and slow-paced, the street is lined with old Chinese houses as well as restaurants and teahouses serving traditional foods and drinks. What’s more, there are a variety of upscale cafes catering to the chic crowd at each corner. You can taste a few traditional Chinese snacks while your guide tells you more about the history of the street.

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The last stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill 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 begining and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Anne Masson
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Private Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

I must start my review by thanking our tour guide for the day Carol. So informative about sites and pleasant to be with on our all day tour in Suzhou. Was able to article many times the daily life in Suzhou and the surrounding area.

Best tip of the tour: book the train ticket ahead. The company tour operator left a message for us fews days before our tour to ask if we had booked the train ticket, they even gave us the detailed train No. and told us how to book it online, which was really helpful.

We had Carol as our guide and she was completely wonderful. She gave us an informative and interesting guide around Lingering Garden, Panmen gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Old Street and Silk Mill. Aside from the excellent English she spoke, she had a delightful and engaging personality along with a good sense of humour. What was also great (and a relief to discover) is that she achieved that difficulty balance between communicating key information and providing space in which my wife and I could enjoy the experience of being in these amazing places. Lingering Garden and Panmen Gate were incredible. Carol took us back to the Kingdom of Wu and provided insight into some of the superstitions and how it translated into the architecture, color and placement of buildings. All very fascinating. Lunch was very tasty at a local Chinese restaurant. Sitting with the local people during lunch was enjoyable as we got to soak up some of the local culture.

Thanks Suzhou Private Tour and Carol. Highly Recommend!

Yoke K
Reviewed 29 January 2019
Excellent Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

This was the experience of a lifetime and on my bucket list. I enjoyed it more than i thought I would. It was cold the morning we went in early Jan. but warmed up during our tour. Suzhou is a beautiful city and it has a number of beautiful gardens to visit. We visited the Lingering Garden, Hanshan Temple, Suzhou old town, a food street and silk factory. Lingering 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 is tour is perfect that covers all the places we wanted to see. We all had an amazing time with Cathy. Highly recommend!

Viola B
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Great Day in Suzhou with Guide Bob

Its my second time back in Suzhou and I really enjoyed it than my first one. Our tour guide Bob speaks very good English and very passionate about explaining Suzhou's history and culture. Out of the 5 places we've been that day the Panmen Gate and trip to silk museum were my favorites. It was also fun looking for our guiding Buddha on the Hanshan temple. I definitely recommend booking this Suzhou day trip. Its obviously cheaper when you make a DIY trip, but having a Suzhou local tour guide plus the comfortable trip is worth the price.

Highly Recommend Suzhou Private Tour!

Reviewed 08 August 2018
Fantastic Suzhou Day Tour with Ruby

We were a group of North American Faculty teaching in Shanghai. We planned a trip to Suzhou with some of our family members and decided to hire Suzhou Private Tours because of the excellent reviews and website we had seen on Trip Advisor. There were 11 of us so we arranged a private tour with a bus, driver, and guide. Our Suzhou day tour was better than we even imagined. Our guide, Ruby was extremely knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, and was very informative answering lots of questions from a group of curious college faculty. Lingering Garden was amazing, We enjoyed the walk around the garden and lotus exhibition. Ruby was very knowledgeable about the Hanshan Temple, sharing lots of information about Buddhism. We had a great time at the Silk Facoty, it was very informative, we saw the whole process of how the silk products were made.
We really appreciated how flexible Ruby was. We asked for a change in itinerary in the late afternoon and Ruby cheerfully made it happen. We had a great time and highly recommend that if you visit Suzhou, you should use Suzhou Private Tour and ask for Ruby!!! We gave her 5 stars.

Kathleen H
Reviewed 07 July 2018
Great One Day Private Tour of Suzhou with May

I live in Shanghai and had family visiting from the States so I thought it would be nice to escape the busy city and venture around Suzhou. The trip was extremely easy to plan and it began by our tour guide, May, meeting us right when we got off the train. May was extremely knowledgable about her home town and we started our trip at the Lingering Garden. We followed that by touring the silk factory, which was fascinating and then we made our way to Panmen Gate. We had a very tasty lunch and then proceeded to try some snacks of Pingjiang Street's and finished the trip with a boat ride through the towns canals. May concluded our tour by showing us Hangshan temple and then very kindly seeing us all off to the train station - even stood in line with us as I waited to pick up our tickets. Overall, May was excellent and her home city is very charming and a nice retreat away from the commotion of Shanghai!

Reviewed 28 June 2018
One Day Classic Suzhou Tour

One Day Classic Suzhou Tour – We will be in Suzhou from Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 20, until Thursday morning, Nov. 22. We would be interested in the following types of tours from your company for a 3-adult family (my wife, adult son and me):

1-day tour of Suzhou (no lunch included) – Wed. Nov. 21


? day tour of Suzhou on Tues. afternoon, Nov. 20 PLUS

Tour of Tongli and perhaps ending with some Suzhou sites on Wed., Nov. 21

We are staying at the Marriott Hotel in Suzhou. Please let me know what it would cost to do either of these two options tomorrow and/or Wednesday. Thank you.

Replied:07 July 2018


Thanks for your inquiry for our Suzhou tour service. We had sent you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email few days ago, plz check. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Fongchol S
Reviewed 07 June 2018
One Day Classic Suzhou Tour with Songhe Lou Restaurant


May I seek for your help to kindly provide quotation of One Day Classic Suzhou Tour with Songhe Lou Restaurant please, detail of traveler is as below.
-1 Person
-Pick up place - Hyatt Regency Suzhou
-Date 19th October 2018
-request for English speaking tour guide
It would be appreciated if you could provide me itinerary.

Replied:07 June 2018

Dear Fongchol S,

Thanks for your inquiry for our service. Well noted your requirements. We will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation for your Suzhou tour within 24 hours by email. Thanks

Lisa T
Reviewed 07 June 2018
Recommended Suzhou Private Tour & Tour Guide

Ruby our tour guide for the Suzhou day trip was exceptional!
She was incredibly knowledgeable, sweet and enthusiastic. The way she spoke and described the gardens and surrounding history was nothing short of poetic.
She went out of her way to ensure we had a fantastic day and also sourced a great local restaurant for us to have lunch.
I would highly recommended Suzhou Private Tours, they were professional and diligent throughout the entire process and Ruby was the best guide we’ve had in China.

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