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5 Days Charming Jiangsu Tour (Suzhou, Wuxi & Nanjing)

Classical Gardens, Picturesque Water Town, Vast Lake & Profound Culture


What is the picture in your mind about Jiangsu? Is it the typical Chinese-painting like Jiangnan Area scene? Take our 5-day Jiangsu tour covered three popular destinations – Suzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing will free your imagination, relax your body and widen your mind by exploring the classical gardens, water towns, lake scenery, grand Buddha, silk culture as well as Jinling culture.

Everyone has a Jiangnan dream and why not describing your story in this fertile land on your own? Go with China Discovery now!

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Suzhou / Wuxi / Nanjing
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Suzhou

In the early morning of today, you will be picked up from the train station or your hotel lobby by your private tour guide and driver, then set out for today’s exciting things to do.

Start with an interesting visit to Humble Administrator’s Garden, one of the Four Greatest Gardens in China as well as the largest and most grandiose one among all Suzhou Gardens. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou was listed as the World Heritage Site in 1997 because “the gardens of Suzhou” represent the development of Chinese landscape garden design over more than two thousand years", and they are the "most refined form" of garden art”, according to UNESCO. Among all the Suzhou Gardens, Humble Administrators’ Garden is the largest one in Suzhou and is considered by some to be the finest garden in all of southern China. It is an artistic combination of buildings, ponds, bridges, paths and trees arranged in a specific manner. Scenic, peaceful and eloquent, everything in the garden tells a story of the past time. After visiting the classic garden, move on to next site - Shantang Ancient Street, a wonderful place for a relaxing walking or leisure cruise on canals. It used to be an important trade and culture center during Ming and Qing Dynasties, and now is famous as “the miniature of old Suzhou and the window of Wu culture”. Enjoy the ornate water-town style architectures, marvel at the bustling streets and savor at local snacks.

In the afternoon, you will go to explore the most historical site in Suzhou – Tiger Hill. The famous Chinese poet in Song Dynasty (960-1279), Su Shi, once said, “It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did not visit Tiger Hill.” He was definitely right. The hill is only 36 meters in height, but covers about 3.5 acres areas with a number of historical sites some of which have history over 2,500 years. The most famous sites include the Yunyan Pagoda which is an over-1000-year-old pagoda with seven stories in height and famously leans much the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Sword Pool where the King of Wu, He Lu, tested and buried his treasured swords about 2500 years ago. Apart from the history, the Tiger Hill is also an amazing place to go for a walk, enjoy natural scenery and experience local custom.

Next, transfer from Tiger Hill to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory where you could not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some history and culture of silk in China.

Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's GardenSuzhou No.1 Silk FactorySuzhou Tiger HillShantang Street
Day 2 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou (B, L)

Today after breakfast, you guide and driver will pick you at your hotel to visit the most outstanding museum in Suzhou – Suzhou Museum which is the masterpiece of the world famous architect I. M. Pei who has built Louvre's pyramids in Paris, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the Miho Museum in Japan and many extraordinary buildings all over the world. While he was designing the Suzhou Museum, he combined the features of classical Suzhou Gardens with modern and fashionable characteristics. The museum has collected more than 40,000 decent items of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy, porcelains, jade wares, handmade crafts, etc., from bronze ages to Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Next, take about a half-hour driving to the beautiful water town of Zhouzhuang. Reputed as the No. 1 Water Town in China, Zhouzhuang is one of the “ten most beautiful towns in the globe” and “world charming water town”with a long history of over 1000 years, appealing sightseeing and authentic flavor of regions south of Yangtze River in China. Visiting Zhouzhuang Ancient Town, you can see 14 ancient particular stone bridges built in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, multiple courtyards linking together on the winding water, more than 800 residents living by the river, etc. which is exactly the look of serene historic water town in east China. Besides the scenery, the special folk culture in Zhouzhuang will tell you about the real gem of culture in Wu area and the sole of this charming place. Famous attractions include the Double Bridge, Old Drama Stage, Cultural Street, Zhang’s Residence and Shen's Residence, etc.

After the tour, drive back to Suzhou City.

Suzhou Museum ArchitectureZhouzhuangZhouzhuang Water Town Locals
Day 3 High Speed Train to Wuxi from Suzhou

In the morning, be escorted to the railway station to take a high speed train to Wuxi which takes only 10 to 15 minutes. Your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at the railway station, and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Firstly, drive to the northern bank of Taihu Lake to see Lingshan Grand Buddha. It stands majestically at 88 meters tall and is called the tallest bronze Buddha in the world which is taller 17 meters than the stone-carved Leshan Giant Buddha. You’ll have a fully understanding about Buddhism and enjoy Nine Dragons Bathing Shakyamuni and Ode to Auspice in Brahma Palace, visit Five Mudra Mandala in Tibetan style, touch the largest Buddha hand which is said to bring you good fortune and longevity, enjoy the happy scene of 100 children playing with Maitreya Buddha and marvel at the grand Buddha and even touch its feet…

After the spiritual tour, it is time to relax your body and mind with breathtaking natural scenery. There is a saying “The superb view of the Taihu Lake lies in the Turtle Head Peninsula”. Visit Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Island) to wander through the tranquil path to appreciate the blooming cherry, lotus and orchid, and take a 20-minute cruise across Taihu Lake to the Fairy Island. Get back to Yuantouzhu, if your energy permits, climb up to the top of Luding Hill to have panoramic view of the Turtle Head Island and Taihu Lake.

Later, you are going to visit a famed Chinese classical garden in Wuxi - Jichang Garden which was built in Ming Dynasty by Qin Jin. Even Xiequ Garden inside the Summer Palace and Double-Crane House in Yuanmingyuan Imperial Garden both imitated Jichang Garden. Lost yourself in the exquisite garden with ingenious design, natural hills, elegant water, ancient trees, refined halls and tile carving, etc.

After the tour, drive to your hotel in Wuxi.

Please note:

1. Seize the right time to watch Nine Dragons Bathing Shakyamuni which usually 4 daily at 10:00; 11:30; 14:45; 16:45. And enjoy Ode to Auspice at 10:35; 11:30; 14:00 and 16:00 (Monday to Friday) or at 10:35; 11:30; 13:00; 14:00; 15:00 and 16:00 (Saturday and Sunday).

2. Yuantouzhu is the no.1 place in China to appreciate cherry. The International Cherry Blossom Festival is held during March to April when you can immerse yourself in the sea of flowers. Besides, lotus is blooming during June to September.

Lingshan Grand Buddha Yuantouzhu in Spring Jichang Garden
Day 4 High Speed Train to Nanjing from Wuxi

In the morning, be escorted to the railway station to catch a high speed train to Nanjing (about 1 hour). Our guide and drive will meet you at the train station, and then begin today’s sightseeing.

Your first stop today is Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. Located at the foot of the majestic Purple Mountain, it is the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China. Some 392 steps lead to the very entrance in this mausoleum and it is a definite must-see place when you are visiting Nanjing.

Later, you’ll have a great look at Zhonghua Gate which is the biggest castle-style city in China and the most complicated castle in the world. Built from 1366 to 1387, Zhonghua Gate boasts great skill, delicate structure and magnificent scale. 

Then, head to Confucius Temple. Built in Song Dynasty, the year of 1034, Nanjing Confucius Temple has a history of about 1000 years. The whole temple covers a huge area, mainly consisting of Confucius Temple, Studying Hall and Gongyuan.

The last scenic spot today is the Qinhuai River to explore the local lifestyle. This river remembers the long history of the town and it is inseparable part of all that is happening in Nanjing. Its bank was very popular during the Qing and Ming Dynasties due to the red lantern alley that was placed there.

Qinhuai River
Day 5 Nanjing & Nanjing Departure (B)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll going to visit Presidential Palace. During the 1009 years and from 1840 to 1949, it was the backbone of Chinese military and politics. Now it is a historic site with great importance in modern history of China, also becoming the biggest modern history museums in China.

Later, be followed a trip to Yuejiang Tower which is regarded as one of top 4 famous towers in Jiangnan Area. Built in 1374 in Ming Dynasty, Yuejiang Tower is in traditional, imperial architectural design, at 52-meter-tall with 7 stories. A visit to Yuejiang Tower makes you enjoy panoramic view of Yangtze River, appreciate Chinese architectural art as well as know some history of Ming Dynasty.

After the tour, transfer to the airport or train station for your departure flight/train. Service ends!

Presidential Palace

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