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

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 these unique old towns. Visit the Suzhou's magnificent gardens, feast on a Chinese lunch and travel through Zhouzhuang's waterways on a Chinese-style gondola.

Highlights

  • Visit the two picturesque towns of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water village
  • Gondola cruise through the beautiful waterways of Zhouzhuang
  • Stroll through the gardens of Net Master, a great example of a typical Ming Dynasty garden
  • See Chinese silk being produced at the silk-spinning factory
  • Chinese style lunch
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Shanghai hotels

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What You Can Expect

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village 1-Day Tour from Shanghai

Founded in around 600 B.C., Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin and is known for its beautiful gardens. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred to as the Venice of the East. Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact.

Upon arrival in Suzhou, your first stop is the Net Master Garden, the town's best example of a model Ming Dynasty garden. The gardens embody the harmonious principles of Chinese garden construction, which dictate that gardens should re-create a microcosm of the universe in a confined space.

After enjoying Suzhou's gardens, you'll view the town's ancient city wall and Grand Canal. You'll also take a tour of a silk-spinning factory to see how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century.

After lunch, it's time to visit the water village of Zhouzhuang and board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the town's beautiful waterways. Zhouzhuang's simple, well-preserved architecture dates back more than 900 years. The majority of 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 their life on the waterways, continuing to carry out everyday activities on the water, from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Nice experience. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. I would recommend this tour to friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Wonderful trip! I would highly recommend this company to help you plan your next trip. I love the smaller group setting. Fren, our guide was very knowledgeable. The lunch was the only thing that was average, very touristy destination for lunch I would have appreciated a smaller locals spot!

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