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From Shanghai: Suzhou Private Full-Day Trip by Car

1. From Shanghai: Suzhou Private Full-Day Trip by Car

Early In the morning at 8.30am, you will be picked up from your centrally located Shanghai hotel by the driver, and drive about 1.5 hours to Suzhou to start your day tour. Note we will inform you if your hotel is too far to pick up from city downtown in Shanghai. Suzhou was the capital of Wu culture 800 years ago and is one of China's leading historic cities. Developing around the Grand Canal that forged much of China's traditional north-south commerce Suzhou is built around a series of canals. Now a modern thriving city, Suzhou maintains a traditional core surrounded by a moat and is world-famous as a UNESCO world heritage site for its traditional Chinese gardens. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide in Suzhou. You will visit one of China's most exquisite gardens, The Humble Administrator's Garden, a Cultural Heritage site including both a residential quarter and a delicately landscaped garden. You will learn the beauty of the well-known Suzhou Garden while wandering around the pavilions, bridges, houses, etc. in the garden. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to Shantang Street which is a good example of a water town in Southern China with well-preserved traditional architecture. You can wander around the old street to view the Opera Stage, Boat Museum, etc. Then you will take a boat on the Grand Canal for about 40 minutes to view the scenery. Then you will be moved to the Suzhou Silk Museum which exhibits the history of Chinese Silk from ancient times to modern times. Afterward, you will be transferred back to your centrally located Shanghai hotel where the tour concludes.

From Shanghai: Private Full-Day Suzhou Gardens

2. From Shanghai: Private Full-Day Suzhou Gardens

At 08:00, your English-speaking guide will await you in your Shanghai hotel lobby while holding a sign with your name on it. Hop in the vehicle and embark on the 2-hour drive to Suzhou. Once you arrive, you will begin your tour with a visit to the incredible Humble Administrator's Garden. It is renowned as the largest classical garden in Suzhou and is typically referred to as on of the most impressive one in southern China. Head to the Liu Lingering Garden, yet another famously beautiful garden. Afterwards, take a much needed break for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Once you are satiated, go for a short visit at the Suzhou Silk Museum, where your guide will tell you the history of the traditional Chinese silks, including the techniques which are used to produce such a fine material. After your tour of the Silk Museum, begin your transport back to Shanghai for a 17:00 arrival. Your tour will end by dropping you off at your hotel.

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The train ride was an experience. Suzhou should definitely be visited. The houses on the water canals give an impression of how they lived here and in the past. The garden of the humble steward shows the pendent that has also been a luxury. Our guide David understood how to convey the fascination of this city. We are happy to use the perfectly organized tour again.