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Janet Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Our tour guide, Frank was a friendly and very informative young man. An extremely pleasant walk through the village with Frank pointing out and explaining many of the local cuisine. This was followed by a trip on the canal in a gondola, showing us a different perspective of the village. A very peaceful place to visit during the week, the weekends though might be a bit more hectic. I can definitely recommend this tour.

Helen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Ms Joy was a joy! Her spoken English was good but I'm not sure how much she understood the questions we asked. But it was enough. The village is pretty and Mr. Wu garden and house were an added bonus.
The van driver was a hoot. Buckle up!

Joy Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

We arrived in the morning and took this tour from midday - we saw some of the surrounding country and our tour guide Frank was superb. He ensured we saw both the old and the new, the original and the reconstructed. Excellent.

Quiana Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great experience!!!

Viet Quoc N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour that I enjoyed end to end. The tour guide is very friendly and fluent in English. It a good alternative if you don't have time to go to Suzhou

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

We did not actually do this half day tour. When we rang to confirm the pick up time we were offered instead a full day tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water town with lunch included. We had a fantastic day. Our guide Frank was absolutely excellent. The driver was very competent especially in the early evening traffic jams in Shanghai as we returned.

Maciej S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Very interesting trip and perfect organized.

Amy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

A once-in-a-lifetime experience we will never forget. With our wonderful guide, Lee, we were able to take a trip back in time and experience ancient China in all its wonders. If you do nothing else when you are in Shanghai, take this tour.

Harold R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Michael was a wonderful tour guide. Was offered a full day tour with no extra cost but was unable to fit in. Highly recommend this tour as its quite different from the city of Shanghai

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

The local tour operator upgraded us to a full day tour that included some other sights. The water village is very unique and reminded us of being in Venice, except that it is in China. Great boat tour and walking tour of the local village.

Bob United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

Beautiful area, water village so interesting and boat trip a real pleasure.

Michael H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2011

This is a gorgeous canal village on the edge of Shanghai. It was interesting walking around seeing life in a small town, the food shops, temples etc. We were there in February and there were only a few tourists. It was also interesting to see how enormous Shanghai is. Highly recommended.

Ailbhe O Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was great and the village was fascinating. Boat ride was lovely as the place was very quiet in Jan. Have to say I would not like to visit it at a busier time of the year - suspect it would be very crowded with lots of tour buses etc. Guide very friendly and made the time go quick on the drive out. All in all a good half day trip.

Marissa M

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

I would totally recomend Viator, I originally booked this tour and since there was no group for this they called me and offered me another option instead that was even longer, this definitely speaks of the great service of viator.

scott S

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

Joy our tour guide was very very informative, please pass on my thanks, the places we went to were absolutely great, the only issue I have is the travel time, one of the ladies was picked up at 7am and it was 10.30 before we got to our 1st site, then when it finished that same lady was in the car for nearly 4 hours before she got home.

Bernard M

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2013

Personal guide Chris was great and really new his stuff. A bit of a drive out of town but the village and gardens are fantastic. The pearl factory visit was a bit of a letdown and probably unnecessary for a part of this tour. Well worth a look.

Raelene D

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2010

Got to see a little bit of the countryside. We had a great day with a great guide.

Gemma P United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2010

Heaven on Earth Huangzhou Review! I found the tour company very easy to contact and they upgraded me to the Heaven on Earth Tour because I was travelling out of season perhaps I only had a short time in Shanghai and wanted to see outside the city too. This trip was well organised and showed me all I needed to tell me I want to explore China more. The pagoda was interesting but not mind-blowing the green tea valley and demonstration was insightful, and the boat cruise scenic and peaceful. Overall, this was a worthy day trip out of the city so long as you don't mind travelling in a minivan for several hours to get there!

Molly L USA

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2010

Our guide was fabulous, and it was great to get out of Shanghai since it's such a big new city that doesn't really feel like "China" to me. I did this tour because I wanted to see some authenticity, but it still seemed a bit touristy seeing how you have to pay to get into the water village. It was still pretty though and we enjoyed it despite the terrible heat. Worth a visit if you are there, but you will be in the car for a little while to get there and back in the traffic...which seems to never end in Shanghai.

Ann B Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2008

Very interesting if want to see a historical site as most of them are gone in this rapidly expanding and modernising city. Guide was very good - the driver also deserves praise for his handling of the chaotic traffic.

Shirley T Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2008

Our guide and driver were excellent. They arrived on time. Our young guide was very informative and considerate. The places we visited were interesting and everything mentioned in the brochure was covered.

Shelley H USA

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

We were the only two on the trip that day and were escorted by a driver and tour guide. The guide spoke great English and was fairly well-informed. This personalized experience, along with a smooth and professional booking process, are the reasons I would recommend Viator to a friend. The town itself is "definitely worth doing," what with the beautiful bridge, quiet, picturesque atmosphere and interesting curios for sale. Quite typical of a water town, but not overcrowded with tourists. Note this was on a weekday. Only unfortunate point is the pearl shop they are obligated to take you to at the end. Puts a bit of a damper on things, although I did end up buying a pearl necklace which I've been getting compliments on, so can't really complain on this point. Overall, very good experience.

John S

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

While the tour of the village was good the overall tour did not include everything that was advertised in the brochure. We did not tour a silk factory. All we did was cruise up the canal, briefly see the town, and then drive back to Shanghai. Very disappointing.

Rob Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2014

Good tour as the water village was worth seeing and how the people were living there today. Good to go somewhere where you weren't being hassled too often to buy something.

Patricia M

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2013

A good tour, but a bored tour guide. The water village was worth visiting for sure, but the guide's lack of interest and enthusiasm were a downer. We were given extras such as trips to a silk factory and a jade store, but always with pressure to buy. The guide also sold us tix to the acrobatics show in Shanghai, but admitted she got a cut.
A guide who was as interested in helping us enjoy our trip as she was in making money would have been great.

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