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.
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!
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.
Viet Quoc N Australia
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
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.
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.
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
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
Beautiful area, water village so interesting and boat trip a real pleasure.
Michael H Australia
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Got to see a little bit of the countryside. We had a great day with a great guide.
Gemma P United Kingdom
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.