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I was in a group of about 7 or 8 and the tour guide was very entertaining. A very enjoyable day.
This was a very nice day. The tour was very interesting, especially the silk factory and Zhouzhuang. I had no problem with the timing of any of the stops except possibly about 15 minutes too long shopping at the silk factory outlet. Very enjoyable.
The same as the Hagzhou tour -- just wonderful. The Water Village was just amazing. We would highly recommend this tour, too!
Great day tour with excellent guide and fantastic lunch. This was the best lunch in a 14 day tour of China.
It was a great trip. Frank was very helpful. Not too many people. Silk factory tour was excellent. Loved ZhouZhuang.
Our guide was very informative and knowledgable and spoke good english. Could have spent more time at the Water Village to explore the intriging little shops everywhere. I found the visit to the silk factory interesting and rather expensive, time there could have been shorter.
Frank, the tour guide was like an old friend taking us around. Patient and easy going.
We were picked up promptly in the morning. There were only five tourists in the mini van which was great. I've seen a lot of postings about Australian tourists; it must be the closer proximity to China. As we left Shanghai, our guide discussed the history of the town and routes along the way. It was great if you could hear him. It was hard to hear the young guide (recently graduated from a university). I would recommend that he used a small microphone or something so that those of us who sat in the back could hear him better especially when we were in congestion and the highway. When we arrived at Suzhou, we went to what was supposedly the most preserved garden. I wished we had time for the largest garden but that wasn't in the itinerary (maybe with a different group). We also had lunch at a hotel called Bamboo something. I was hoping that our lunch would be at a local, unique restaurant but I guess one shouldn't be surprised that you stop at a hotel's restaurant for the convenience. It wasn't a bad meal or anything; you just don't see locals eating there. We did the canal cruise in Zhouzhuang which was nice. Our guide asked us if we wanted the boat lady if we wanted her to sing for 20 yuan per family (there were 2 families). I didn't really care to hear her sing but she went off singing anyway and at the end of the trip, we gave her 20 yuan total. She wasn't a great singer but oh well. LOL. I recommend a guided trip to Suzhou if you can. I had thought about doing it independently by using one of the trains from Shanghai. However, I realized that if I were to make it a day trip, I probably wouldn't have time to see Zhouzhuang which wasn't on my original plan but a pleasant surprise. The convenience of a guide, private transportation, and packing two towns in one was worth it. Our young guide was very eager and excited to tell us about the area. I wished all guides were like him.
It was a nice escape from Shanghai City and small group tour definitely made it personal and a nice experience.
Zhou zhuang water village is absolutely gorgeous. Looks amazing in pictures. However, was a bit disappointed that we weren't able to spend longer here and reduce the time spent at the silk factory. Guide is very informative and helpful.
We chose this tour as we wanted to see more of China than just Shanghai. It provided a contrast to the city and enabled us to see some of the region. It is a long day in the heat, but worthwhile. The Water Village is lovely, but is sadly let down by some rather tacky shops that have filled the old buildings and the fact that the lady on our gondola insisted on singing for us at a price she wanted to determine. The silk factory was very interesting and all in all, we enjoyed the day.
This was a tranquil spot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was nice to see countryside and Fiona our guide was excellent. We were taken to a silk factory but there was no pressure to buy. Seeing the actual silkworms was also interesting.