2 Days In-depth Suzhou Culture Discovery Tour

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This in-depth culture discovery tour takes you to see the beauty of Suzhou stretching endlessly along your way of exploration. The exquisite gardens, splendid museums, Kunju opera & music...all are worth discovering.

Highlights of this tour

  • Appreciate the classic gardens in Suzhou - Humble Administrator’s Garden and Master of the Nets Garden;
  • Cruise leisurely along the Grand Canal to experience the very local life;
  • Have fun to see how the exquisite silk garment is produced at Suzhou Silk Factory;
  • Join the locals and enjoy Kunju Opera & Music.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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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
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1Night
Tour Code:
CD-SZCT-02
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Suzhou Arrival & Tour

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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. You will spend about 1.5 hours exploring the spectacular beauty of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, then move on to 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.

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, you will go to take an enjoyable and relaxing cruise (for about 25 minutes) on the Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal -watch the old buildings and streets passing by, come across ancient stone bridges, experience the authentic local living...

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel. Have a good rest!

Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's GardenSuzhou Museum ArchitectureGrand canalTiger Hill Spring
Day 2 Suzhou Tour & Departure (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will go to visit another masterpiece of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou - Master of the Nets Garden, first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi to express his aspiration to live a simple life as a fish man. Though as the smallest garden among all Suzhou Gardens, the Master of the Nets Garden is regarded as the most impressive one because of its adept skills for mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery to make the visitor has an illusion that the garden is much greater than its actual size. At the same time, the Master of the Nets Garden is much more tranquil than others. After all day’s visit of garden and museum, you must want to try something relaxing. Next, transfer 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.

Tour ends. You will be escorted back to your hotel or to train station to catch your train to Shanghai or other destination.

Note: All attractions can be customized according to your arrival and departure arrangements, lowest price & best-value guaranteed. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Suzhou Master of the Nets Garden

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