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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

If Shanghai's ultramodern skyline has you pining for the China of old kung fu movies, a day trip or weekend in Suzhou or Zhouzhuang might be in order. Both described individually as 'the Venice of China,' the two cities' lantern-lined canals and traditional architecture make them quite photogenic and well worth a visit.

Zhouzhuang, the oldest of China's water villages, sits about a 90-minute bus ride from Shanghai halfway between Shanghai and Suzhou. The village is surrounded by lakes on four sides with canals flowing beneath stone bridges and between the Ming and Qing Dynasty houses lining either side. Stay the night at one of the private guesthouses along the river and you'll have the streets and canals to yourself when you wake before the tour buses roll in.

Much larger Suzhou, the City of Gardens, sits 50 miles (81 kilometers) northwest of Shanghai. While the canals and traditional architecture here are every bit as picturesque as in Zhouzhuang, the classical Chinese gardens are the stars, earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou's oldest gardens date back as early as the sixth century, but most hail from the Ming and Qing Dynasty periods during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 207 Reviews

Visit two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai. You'll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99

Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Take a gondola ride through the elegant waterways of Zhouzhuang, the 'Venice of the East.’ You’ll step into the old residences of Zhang House and Shen House, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.00

8-Day Eastern China Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan

Spend an entire week exploring the best of eastern China! With a private guide to show you around the different attractions in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

From USD $1,678.66

Shanghai Shore Excursion: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day Trip

Enjoy a privately guided shore excursion to the picturesque towns of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang while in port in Shanghai. On this day trip by private vehicle, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $184.99

4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including the Bund

From the busy streets of Shanghai to the tranquil canals of Suzhou – you will have three-day’s worth of interesting activities and sightseeing experience ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $440.00

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