It was indeed a small group - just 5 people. Our leader was very nice, spoke good English, and explained all we needed to know about our tour. The crowds arrived after we had left, and our cozy country Chinese dinner was a delight! The foot massage at the end of the tour was such a blessing. I would recommend this tour to every tourist in Beijing.
The water village was very charming, but we could have skipped the silk factory tour and the city of Suzhou altogether.