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Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride
  • Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride
  • Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride
  • Shanghai Suzhou Tour: Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Tour Style:
This Suzhou tour from Shanghai is truly the only way to do a trip from Shanghai to Suzhou like this. Having a private driver and a tour guide, not having to worry about taxis mde thing worry free. It's an ideal way for visitors who want to explore the old part of Suzhou, admire the ancient small bridges and black-tiled-roof house while enjoy the private rowing boat cruise on Grand Canal, stroll down Shantang Street to get an insight of Suzhou old lifestyle, experience the rickshaw ride to gain a more understanding of its traditions and culture, visit some famous Chinese classical gardens can not missed.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Lingering Garden, Take Riskshaw, Private Boat Cruise on Grand Canal, Pingjiang Historical Road, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

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

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai or Shanghai 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


Tour Itineray

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai to Suzhou day tour
  • Today's Activities: Lingering Garden, Boat Ride on Grand Canal, Take Rickshaw, Pingjiang Historical Road, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Shanghai, you will find a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour". And transfer you to Suzhou directly (it takes around 1.5 hours for one way). Once you arrived, and your Suzhou tour start as below:

Our Pick Up Sign "Suzhou Private Tour"

Firstly, you will visit Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classic gardens. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.


Next head to Grand Canal(Including Private Boat Ride) (also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal or artificial river in the world and a famous tourist destination. It is the oldest and longest artificial waterway in the world. The Grand Canal in Suzhou, with wide surface, abundant and crystal clear water, has been the best part of the Grand Canal for shipping. The old canal is about 35km long from Hushu Pass to Wujiang City, running through the centre of town and there is a network of smaller canals and passageways. It is a wonderful example of a waterside town with whitewashed and black-tiled-roof houses and small bridges.


After lunch, take Rickshaw ride in Suzhou city. It likes the rickshaw in Beijing, you will see the small Hutongs, 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.


For an authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down, Pingjiang Historical Road, 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.

Private Suzhou Classic day Tour with Pingjiang_Road.jpg

Then visit the 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. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill 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.


After the tour end, you will be taken back to your hotel in Shanghai.

There are some useful Tips liseted as below for you if you want to visit Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train
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

Note: Plz book the train ticket in advance in case sold out, especially on weekend or public holiday. You can ask your hotel help you book it or you can book it online by yourself. (Recommended Web: www.ctrip.com)

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.


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. 


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
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Reviewed 23 October 2019
Great Suzhou Day Tour, Great Tour Guide

I had the pleasure of meeting May at the train station. She was so pleasant and helpful in helping me to arrange the rest of my travels. She was very knowledgeable about the area, and I appreciated her sharing her culture with me. She chose the best boat captain, the best Rickshaw driver, and was able to fill in all of the tour information even though I came later in the day. We got everything in that I wanted, and even later that evening, she was my guide for the Master of the Nets performances as well. May went out of her way to befriend me and explain in detail the history and significance of everything we saw in Suzhou. She held all my bags, provided me with a lot of water, found great spots to take pictures of me, and looked out for my general well being throughout the entire tour. She even kept in touch with me as I traveled to other provinces. I really enjoyed May taking me to places like the flea market and the tea house where I could talk to locals and enjoy a typical day with them and her talking about the day's events. She knew a great restaurant with excellent food. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with May, and I now consider her a brand new friend across the miles! May was exceptional for me as a solo middle aged woman traveler.
Highly recommend Suzhou Private Tour company and guide May, I give 5+ stars.

Reviewed 12 September 2019
Wonderful Suzhou Day Tour with Guide May

After looking at the reviews and doing some research we decided to book a one day tour with Suzhou Private Tour. They promptly responded to e-mails we sent arranding the tour. You pay 20% deposit by PayPal and the rest of the amount due in cash on the day of your trip. This is standard for private tours in China. May, our guide met in our hotel lobby right on time with a sign. May spoke English very well, was a wealth of knowledge about China and Suzhou, and has a great sense of humor. We visited Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, took a riskshaw ride in Suzhou old town, enjoyed a private boat cruise on Grand Canal and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. May provided a great deal of information and history at each stop. We absolutely had a great time and the cost of the tour made money well spent.
Highly recommend Suzhou Private Tour company if you want to plan Suzhou trip.

Reviewed 12 August 2019
One Day in Suzhou--Go with Suzhou Private Tour!

Last week we spent four days with our family in Shanghai. We decided to spend a day in Suzhou and tried to orginised a tour from Shanghai that could cover the key highlights of the city. We found Suzhou Private Tour online, the description provided on their website promised to fit in everything we thought we could see in one day. They definitely delivered!

Our tour guide Carol and driver picked us up from the train station, it was very easy to find her and the trip was well prepared the entire way. We saw beautiful sights such as Lingering Garden, Panamen Gate, took a rickshaw ride in Suzhou old town, enjoyed a private boat ride on Pingjiang road and the Silk Factory.

Carol was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. She had made our holiday magical, we were all very impressed by the level of her English. She was a ture story tellers, could bring her extensive knowledge about Chinese culture, history and customs to life in a very engaging way. Very accommodating, flexible and always answers our questions and concerns. The car and drivers were fantastic as well.

Thank you Suzhou Private Tour and Carol. Highly Recommend!

Tarek M
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Perfect Tour of Suzhou from Shanghai via Bullet Train

I booked a day tour to Suzhou from Shanghai by train for my family last week and we really enjoyed it. The tour was well organised by Suzhou Private Tour. We took bullet train from Shanghai in the morning and Jeremy, our tour guide picked us up at the train station with a sign on time. We visited so many attractions in one day, Jeremy was passionate and knowledgeable that made our tour memorable. He used his way to show us the best part of Suzhou and explained the history and culture about the city to us and told us some folktale related to the scenic spots.

Suzhou is such a beautiful city, definately worth to visit it. Highly recommend Suzhou Private Tour if you visit Suzhou.

Naomi F
Reviewed 23 November 2018
1 Day Suzhou Tour

We took the Bullet train from Hangzhou to Suzhou and had a brilliant Suzhou day Tour. The train service is fantastic and very well organised. Linda met us at the Suzhou train station and took us on a amazing day. We went to the gardens / silk facoty / canals and local markets but the highlight was an amazing couple of hours on rickshaws in the old part of town. Linda was very flexible and adjusted the day to meet our needs and we loved it. Highly recommend Suzhou Private Tour!

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