Explore the two picturesque towns of Suzhou, one of the oldest towns in the Yantze basin, and Zhouzhuang, known for its simple architecture and beauty - each unique in the splendors they reveal.
You will experience two picturesque towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, each unique in the splendors they reveal. Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin, founded in about 600 B.C. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as "The Venice of the East". Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact. The gardens here are the city's most famous attraction. The gardens embody the harmonious principles of Chinese garden construction, which dictate that gardens should attempt to create a microcosm of the universe in a confined space.
Zhouzhuang water town is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture, well preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town's residences were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use. In this water village, locals live life on waterways, still doing everyday activities from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.
Upon arrival in Suzhou, the first stop is Net Master Garden, the best and most celebrated as a model Ming Dynasty Garden in all of Suzhou. Then it's on to view the Ancient City Wall, the Grand Canal, and a tour of a silk spinning factory to see how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century. If the time allows, we will also have the chance to visit Suzhou Museum & Zhong Wang Mansion (Not available on every Monday). After lunch, we visit the water town of Zhouzhuang and board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the waterways of the town.
The schedule of this tour allows you to take other available tours in the evening (these tours are purchased separately):
Net Master Garden
Ancient City Wall
Suzhou No. 1 Silk Spinning Factory
Zhouzhuang Water Village
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Pick-up at Your Hotel in Shanghai
Master of the Nets Garden
Admire one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou, the Master of the Nets Garden. Take in the beautiful sights of the Ancient City Wall and the Grand Canal.
Silk Spinning Factory
Tour the silk spinning factory for a peek into the Chinese craft with a history of more than a thousand years.
Savor a local Chinese meal for lunch, then embark on a cruise aboard a Chinese-style gondola along the waterways of Zhouzhuang, famous for its canals. The small town is renowned for its ancient residential houses, and rich cultural heritage, earning it the nickname, "Venice of the East."
Zhong Wang Mansion and Suzhou Museum
If the time allows, grab the opportunity to visit the Zhong Wang Mansion, and the Suzhou Museum, which houses an abundant number of porcelain, relics, and other historical items from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
*not available on Mondays
Drop-off at Your Hotel in Shanghai
Price & Options
The tour guide will be carrying a sign board with your name on it. Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time.
A local representative will call you or leave a message at your hotel room at about 09:00 PM one night prior to your tour date to confirm the exact pick-up details.
Should there be no messages left for you, please contact the tour operator 24 hours before the service. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
Children two (2) years old and under are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.
You can book a maximum of 7.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made between 6 business days (23:59:00 local time) to 2 business days (23:59:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 23:59:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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