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2 Days Suzhou Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour

Best Treasures of Suzhou

What is the best vacation in Suzhou? Here it is!

Among all the places in China, Suzhou has its own characters – water town, silk and gardens. All are the best one of their kinds, which made Suzhou so famous in the ancient time that even the northern empires liked to travel to Suzhou to enjoy vacations. It simply offers you a quite different vacation that you can barely find in other places of China.

With old town and new modern districts separated by canals and city walls, Suzhou retains its charms very well. As one of the richest cities in China, Suzhou always provides you the top class accommodation, food and tourist-friendly facilities. Come with us to enjoy a true holiday, and explore the very essence of Suzhou with our best-selling Suzhou private tour. Visit the best water town and classical gardens, also marvel at the fancy Silk in a local factory. Be well taken care of by our considerate tour guide and driver throughout your vacation.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SZZT-02
  • Price : from
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : History / Culture / Architecture
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Interesting visit to the largest and most grandiose ancient garden in Suzhou - Humble Administrator’s Garden which is a World Heritage Site;
  • Spend a leisure exploration in Zhouzhuang Water Town which is reputed as the No. 1 Water Town in China with a history over 1000 years;
  • Unlock Suzhou’s glorious history in Suzhou Museum which is praised as one of the most beautiful museums in the world, designed by master I. M. Pei;
  • Encounter with the treasure of Suzhou – Silk, in an authentic local silk factory where you can learn about Silk culture, process of silk making and even purchase some silk items if you want.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Suzhou City Highlights Tour (L)

Today's highlights: Humble Administrator's Garden, Shantang Ancient Stree, Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

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 Suzhou exploration.

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 pastime. After visiting Humble Administrator’s Garden, move on to the 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 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 like 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 for a great entertaining and educational Silk experience. Acting as a living museum of Suzhou Silk, this factory exhibits not only the ancient looms in different dynasties and different weaving techniques, but also the demo of silk manufacturing from cover to cover. You can feast your eyes on each step of the magic process, including silkworms eating mulberries, machinery unraveling cocoons, workers spinning silk and so on. A sea of fancy silk items like scarves, pajamas, bags, cheongsams, shirts, etc. are also on display.

After the sightseeing, be escorted to your hotel in Suzhou downtown.

  • Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Suzhou Tiger Hill Suzhou Tiger Hill
  • Shantang Street Shantang Street

Day 2 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang Water Town - Departure (B, L)

Today's highlights: Suzhou Museum, Zhouzhuang Water Town

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, go to the beautiful water town of Zhouzhuang with about 1 hour's driving. 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.

Optional Activities in Zhouzhuang: 1) riding a boat through the canals to appreciate the fascinating scenery of rivers, bridges and local residences and listen to the old songs of the local sculler. 2) enjoying an authentic Kun Opera Performance.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Suchou City or directly to take your train/flight to the next destination. Tour ends.

  • Suzhou Museum Architecture Suzhou Museum
  • Zhouzhuang Zhouzhuang
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Locals Zhouzhuang Water Town Locals

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The quotation for this trip is from Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains to/off Suzhou;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien,

We really enjoyed the river cruise and all of the help you were able to provide us. The trips were very good. We thought that breakfast was too early every morning and if you do not attend breakfast we should have the option to get some food somewhere else on board.

Hannah - 2021.04.20‚ UK, April 20, 2021

Hi Lyn,

I had a good time once I upgraded my room. The room I had was a futon like bed that I would’ve had difficulty getting up from, barely any outlets and a too small shower. Also, the food in the main dining room was just okay. We ate in the VIP room the last night which the food was much better but it should be served as the regular food. The excursions were good. The staff was amazing. They checked in on us regularly and made sure we had English guides when leaving the boat. They took great care of us.

Sylvetta - 2021.04.19‚ USA, April 19, 2021

Hello Rita 

I'm doing well! How are you?  Just cleaning my house now .

I can't thank you enough for everything! I really had an amazing holiday and I appreciate all the extra efforts you helped me with. I felt like a superstar sometimes .

I'm so excited for Patra as she will get to experience a vacation where she can to do minimal because everything is taken care of.

Thank you for the kind gesture I appreciate it! The lunch was definitely delicious and it was good to get to know Sandy and Mr. Li. during both lunches.

Ashton - 2021.04.19‚ South Africa, April 19, 2021

Hi Vivien

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything. The cruise was amazing the staff were very welcoming and the birthday surprise was so special. Thank you!!!!!!

Most Appreciatively,

Tracy Edwards

 

Tracy - 2021.04.18‚ USA, April 18, 2021

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip Wonder.

Alex was fantastic!!!

Andy - 2021.04.15‚ UK, April 15, 2021
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Suzhou Tiger Hill Suzhou Tiger Hill
  • Shantang Street Shantang Street
  • Suzhou Museum Architecture Suzhou Museum Architecture
  • Zhouzhuang Zhouzhuang
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Locals Zhouzhuang Water Town Locals

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