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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai
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Private full day trip to Suzhou and Tongli ancient water town. Entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are inclusive (lunch and optional boat ride at your own cost).
From USD 93.00
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Day Trip
Private full day trip to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang ancient water town. Entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are inclusive (lunch and optional boat ride at your own cost).
From USD 93.00
Visit two of south China’s most celebrated water towns on a private 10-hour trip from Shanghai. Travel to Suzhou to explore its historical canals and bridges, and visit its Humble Administrator’s Garden and one of its silk factories. After lunch (own expense), choose to visit Zhouzhuang or Tongli, two ancient water towns famous for their stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming- and Qing-era houses. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
What to Expect
Meet your private guide and driver at your central Shanghai hotel at 9am, and make the approximately 1.5-hour journey to Suzhou by private, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Founded in 514 BC, the old town of Suzhou is steeped in 2,500 years of history and serves up many well-preserved relics from the past.

Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘Venice of China,’ its canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens all help to make it one of China’s top tourist attractions. The town has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the days of the Song Dynasty, between 960 and 1279.

On arrival, pay a visit to one of the four most famous gardens in China: The Humble Administrator’s Garden. The largest in Suzhou and a stunning example of a south-eastern Ming-Dynasty classical garden, this immaculate oasis features Lake Taihu rocks, delicate pavilions, ponds, and lush flowers and trees, including 150 types of Bonsai tree.

After exploring here, visit Suzhou’s best-known silk factory, located in the former Japanese concession and housed in what was the Japanese consulate. See the process used to produce China’s famous silk, from the tiny silkworms to the beautiful finished garments.

After your morning tour, enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then make an afternoon visit to your choice of one of two ancient water towns: Zhouzhuang or Tongli. Both offer picturesque natural landscapes, classical canals, and wonderful examples of Ming- and Qing-dynasty buildings.

If you choose Zhouzhuang — renowned as the first water town in China — take a stroll to soak up its charms and admire its ancient twin bridges. Plus, visit Mr. Shen Wansan’s House, the courtyard residence of a 14th-century tycoon whose wealth inspired the envy of the first of China's Ming emperors.

Admire the classical architecture of Shen’s House as you learn about his fascinating life, and take an optional boat trip (own expense) along Zhouzhuang’s beautiful canals.

If you choose to visit Tongli, take in its UNESCO-listed Tuisi Garden, one of the most splendid Qing-dynasty gardens in China. Admire the pavilion-dotted garden, see Tongli’s famous ring of three bridges, and enjoy an optional gondola boat ride (own expense) along the serene and pretty canals.

Your tour then finishes with a transfer and drop-off back at your hotel in downtown Shanghai.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
1 1/2 days with Sunny

We enjoyed our time with Sunny. I contacted her not only for the tour but also pick up to and from the airport to our hotels. Drivers were reliable and cars were great. Sunny gave us a really good tour. No issues with language and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank murmur1875
Reviewed 22 October 2018
Great day near Shanghai with Lilly

Lilly was prompt and handled all questions well. She found us a very nice vegetarian restaurant for lunch, and knew al lot about simply everything. We had a wonderful day with her.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank johnlN8276DY
Reviewed 3 September 2018
Excellent tour to Suzhou and Tongli

We wanted to see more of Shanghai than just the city so we decided to take this tour. Sunny, our guide was wonderful and knowledgable. She greeted us on time and had a wonderful day planned. We spent the morning at the Humble Administrator's garden...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank YogaDiva
Reviewed 5 August 2018
Great tour with Rita!

Our family had a fantastic tour with Rita! We started with the Humble Administrators Gardens (very pretty - but very busy), had an amazing lunch and then moved on to Tongli (the highlight of our day!). Rita was very friendly and knowledgeable and it was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank SarahKate_73
Reviewed 3 August 2018
Suzhou / Tongli tour with Sunny

Sunny was a wonderful and attentive guide! She was knowledgeable about both towns, and she was great with all ten of us on the tour--from the youngest member of 9 to the oldest of 65! We would book with her again. Thanks for a great...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Robin W
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17 April 2018|
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This tour was great for us! Definitely recommend it 👌🏼