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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).
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).
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.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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

1  Thank SarahKate_73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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

1  Thank Robin W
Reviewed 24 June 2018
EXCELLENT travel to Suzhou, Tongli and Shanghai with Sunny

When my husband I were looking for a private tour in Shanghai, I read the reviews from Sunny's tours and was impressed. I had received other names to check and although they were less expensive, we opted to use Sunny. We didn't regret it at...More

Thank Brenda L
Reviewed 25 May 2018
Private Suzhou and Tongli Water Town from Shanghai 30/3/18.

Dear Sunny, we enjoyed very much your company and your perfect knowledge about the history and culture of Shanghai and the places we visited. It was very interesting and a lot of fun. The gardens are very beautiful and we enjoyed the boat trip in...More

1  Thank 75mag
Reviewed 5 May 2018
Wonderful day in Suzhou and Tongli

My wife and I booked a private tour for the two of us and loved every minute of it. Rita, our guide, was so good to us and helped us really understand the beautiful cities of Suzhou and Tongli. We had a wonderful day!!

1  Thank Don R
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17 April 2018|
Response from ashDawn |
This tour was great for us! Definitely recommend it 👌🏼