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Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is the longest and oldest man-made waterway in the world, once covering 1,115 miles (1,794 kilometers) from Beijing to Hangzhou. Dating from the fifth century BC, this engineering marvel is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some sections are still in use today.
 
The Basics
With traditional buildings and historic sites still lining the Grand Canal, it’s best appreciated from water level. Travel through hundreds of years of history and gain a better understanding of how the canal transformed trade and commerce in China during a guided canal cruise, or get a closer look at historical buildings during a walking tour alongside the canal.
 
Visitors in Hangzhou can take a boat from Wulinmen Pier. Visitors in Suzhou or Shanghai can join an organized day tour, covering portions of the canal in Suzhou, along with other attractions, such as a classical garden and an ancient city gate, or activities, such as a rickshaw ride or a visit to a silk mill.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The canal is open to the public, but canal cruises charge a fee.
  • Different cruises travel along many sections of the canal. Be sure you’re clear on your departure and drop-off points, if not traveling as part of a guided tour.
  • Full-day tours from Shanghai can last more than 10 hours.
 
How to Get There
Hangzhou and Suzhou feature two popular sections of the canal for visitors. In Hangzhou, cruises depart from Wulinmen Pier. The best way to get to Wulinmen Wharf is by taxi. In Suzhou, the cruise from Xinshiqiao Dock to Shantang Street is popular. Xinshiqiao Dock is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Suzhou Railway Station, and the easiest way to get there is by taxi.
 
When to Get There
Most cruises are offered year-round. Daytime cruises allow you to better see the details of the buildings alongside the canal, while nighttime cruises offer more atmosphere, as many sights will be illuminated. Visit during spring or fall for the most pleasant weather.
 
History of the Grand Canal
TheGrand Canal’s oldest sections date back to the fifth century BC, but it wasn’t until the Sui dynasty in the seventh century that the different sections were first connected. There was an organized approach to connect the five major rivers: the Hai River, Huai River, Yangtze River, Yellow River, and Qiantang River. Once completed, the Grand Canal greatly developed China’s economy and enhanced communication throughout the country.
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from ShanghaiDay Trips

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive OptionPrivate Day Trips

Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train with All Inclusive Option

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Escape the bustle of modern Shanghai and enjoy a relaxing day in small-town China during this all-inclusive day trip to Suzhou, a picturesque riverside city famed for its centuries-old heritage. The Trip include a round-trip bullet train ticket. Upgrade your tour with all-inclusive package which offers a complimentary traditional Chinese lunch, a scenic boat ride along the Grand Canal, and a private rickshaw ride through history-packed Pingjiang Road.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from ShanghaiCultural Tours

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour from Shanghai

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Spend the day exploring beyond Shanghai’s city limits—and discover two of the region’s most beautiful destinations—on this full-day tour of Suzhou and the Zhouzhuang Water Town. Following pickup from one of several central locations, travel via comfortable, air-conditioned coach to Suzhou, where you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Master of Nets Garden, will see the Grand Canal, and more. Then, transfer to the Zhouzhuang Water Town, where you’ll explore the centuries-old buildings and waterways by boat.
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  • 10 hours
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Flexible One Day Suzhou Private Tour with Lunch or DinnerCultural Tours

Flexible One Day Suzhou Private Tour with Lunch or Dinner

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This one-day 8-hour flexible Suzhou city tour allows you to explore the remarkable sites in Suzhou with your own local expert guide, the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient pagodas and classic gardens. Choose to visit some of the UNESCO sites such as famous Humble administrator’s garden, Lingering Garden , Master of the Nets garden from different dynasties as well as the local ancient canal streets or ancient city wall ,enjoy a delightful local lunch and get a great overview of the “Ancient Oriental Venice” and “Garden City” with your own guide. Private transportation adds more convenient for the tour.
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Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights TourCustom Private Tours

Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

This 2 days private tour takes you to explore the most famous attractions in Suzhou, which is noted as the "Garden of City". You will be able to see Lingering Garden, one of four famous classic gardens in China, the No.1 Ancient Street--Shantang Street, the most impressive garden in Suzhou--Master of Nest Garden and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Longest artificial canal in the world--Grand Canal, etc. Moreover, the itinerary can be 100% customized based on your own interests. 
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4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private TourHalf-day Tours

4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour

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Make the most of your limited time in Suzhou, and see more of the city in less time, when you book this convenient, half-day tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and set off with just a private guide for company. In the space of just a few hours, you’ll discover top city highlights like the UNESCO-listed Humble Administrator’s Garden, the lofty Tiger Hall, the historical Panmen Gate, and more. On this flexible, customizable tour, you can also go for a boat trip down the Grand Canal.
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  • 4 hours
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Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal RideCultural Tours

Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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Spare yourself the challenge of negotiating with boatmen and rickshaw drivers, and let your private guide do the heavy lifting on this classic Suzhou tour. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you tour the Lingering Garden and enjoy a private cruise down the Grand Canal. After a rickshaw ride, explore Shantang Street and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill before your private driver drops you back.
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  • 7 hours
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All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and LunchCultural Tours

All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groves at the Lingering Garden. Learn more about Chinese history in Panmen Gate, take a pleasant stroll down Pinjiang Historic Street and enjoy a leisure boat cruise on Grand Canal. A culture visit to see how the silk produced is also included!
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  • 7 hours
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Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet TrainPrivate Day Trips

Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Experience China’s “Venice of the East” on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, upgrade and relax on first-class bullet train tickets from Shanghai. Then explore this historic water town with an informative, professional guide and visit sites like the Humble Administrators Garden, Shantang Street, Suzhou Pingtan Opera, and Suzhou Museum. Enjoy a boat ride along the old canals and a complimentary meal.
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  • 8 hours
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Independent Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from ShanghaiSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Independent Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Tongli water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the tranquil water village Tongli and beautiful Tuisi Garden at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, Tiger Hill and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village if you like.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang One Day Tour from ShanghaiDay Trips

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang One Day Tour from Shanghai

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Spare yourself the time and hassle of Chinese public transport with this convenient guided tour that covers two picturesque water towns: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. In Suzhou, discover the Master-of-Nets Garden, the old city wall at Panmen Gate, and a silk mill. In Zhouzhuang, admire attractions like the celebrated Double Bridges. Tour includes a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets GardenPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden

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Combine three of Suzhou's top attractions—Master of Nets Garden, the Panmen Gate, and the Grand Canal—in a single private tour. Stroll through the classic Master of Nets Garden, built in 1174; and learn about the historical significance of the Panmen Gate. Take a ride in a vintage wooden boat down the Grand Canal, accompanied by enlightening commentary from your dedicated guide.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day Amazing Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including Water TownCity Packages

2-Day Amazing Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including Water Town

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Discover amazing Shanghai city and Suzhou plus one famous water village (Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Zhujiajiao) in this 2-day private sightseeing tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests, such as Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, a relax boat ride in the water village and more! The itinerary can be 100% customized based on your interests. This tour offers a booking option to upgrade your package to see famous Shanghai acrobatic show.
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Private Tour to Suzhou by Bullet Train, pickup from your hotel(Residence)Cultural Tours

Private Tour to Suzhou by Bullet Train, pickup from your hotel(Residence)

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The winding canals, historical buildings, and classic gardens of Suzhou earned the city its nickname as the "Venice of the East." Tour Suzhou's must-see sites and hidden enclaves from Shanghai on this private 9-hour tour, which includes transportation on a bullet train, a customizable itinerary, lunch, entrance fees, and more.-Instant Confirmation -Private day trip from Shanghai to Suzhou -Great overview and orientation of the city -Perfect introduction for first-time visitor -Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences -Private guide for a more personalized experience -Travel by boat and see the sights from the water- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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  • 10 hours
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Private Full Day Tour to Suzhou from Shanghai in Your WayPrivate Day Trips

Private Full Day Tour to Suzhou from Shanghai in Your Way

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Escape Shanghai for a day and discover the peaceful and historical city of Suzhou—often described as “the Venice of the East” due to its picturesque canals. Pick between a private guide service, with transportation at your own expense, or upgrade for a tour by private vehicle. Upon arrival in Suzhou, you can stroll along its canals, spot centuries-old architecture, stop by a local restaurant for lunch (own expense), venture to Tiger Hill, explore scenic gardens, and more: the flexible itinerary is based around your interests.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour including Zhouzhuang Water VillageCustom Private Tours

Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour including Zhouzhuang Water Village

Explore beautiful Suzhou and the famous water village Zhouzhuang in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street or others. In addition, enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village and experience the local culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Hidden and Historical Suzhou Exploration from ShanghaiPrivate Day Trips

Private Hidden and Historical Suzhou Exploration from Shanghai

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Shanghai may be a bustling metropolis, yet within a short drive of this urban space travelers can find historic gems that are all too easy to miss. You can uncover more than 2000 years of history in the city of Suzhou on this private tour from Shanghai. See gardens and canals, visit a Buddhist pagoda, and even take a boat ride. With your personal guide's narration and easy travel included, this tour is a great way to uncover China's history.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Tour of Suzhou HighlightDay Trips

Private Day Tour of Suzhou Highlight

Explore China’s “Venice of the East” on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to the historic water town of Suzhou and stroll around the houses, ponds, and pathways of the UNESCO-designated Humble Administrator’s Garden. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and boat trip on the old Grand Canal, then experience local culture and history at the Suzhou Silk Museum and Tiger Hill.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Suzhou Tour to Explore the Hidden Door of Suzhou Old TimePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Suzhou Tour to Explore the Hidden Door of Suzhou Old Time

Maximize time in Suzhou with a full-day private tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set out to see historical sites including Fengqiao Bridge, Hanshan Temple, and Shantang Street. Board a private boat for a scenic ride on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Complete the tour with a visit to a silk mill and learn about the silk-making process.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Shanghai Getaway: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day TripCultural Tours

Shanghai Getaway: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip

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Depart Shanghai for a full-day tour that visits Suzhou’s gardens and Zhouzhuang water village. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, crafted during the 11th to 19th centuries, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their impressive Chinese gardens. See masterpieces such as Lingering Garden during your tour. After lunch and a stop at a silk factory, head to the water village of Zhouzhuang to tour the ‘Venice of the East,’ including stops at Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge.
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  • 8 hours
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Flexible Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai with First Class Bullet Train OptionRail Tours

Flexible Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai with First Class Bullet Train Option

This relaxing day trip to Suzhou from Shanghai takes you to explore the top attractions of Suzhou. The itinerary is fully customizable based on your personal interests. See the beautiful Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. Tasty lunch, round-trip bullet train ticket, private guide and transfer service are inclusive. Upgrade your bullet train seating into first class at time of booking.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Full Day Suzhou Zhouzhuang Tour From Shanghai with Chinese LunchCultural Tours

Private Full Day Suzhou Zhouzhuang Tour From Shanghai with Chinese Lunch

If Shanghai represents the wealth area of modern China, Suzhou represent that in ancient China. Combining Suzhou city and its suburb area - Zhouzhuang, you may find out the secret of this area's prosperity. 1.Non shopping tour2.No tourist traps3.No hidding fee4.The best use of time5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Flexible Suzhou Private Day Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet TrainPrivate Day Trips

Flexible Suzhou Private Day Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train

Be amazed by the beautiful Chinese Gardens of Suzhou and experience the local culture atmosphere on a fully customized sightseeing day trip from Hangzhou by bullet train. You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see, such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. A tasty local lunch, round trip bullet train tickets, private guide and driver service are included. Upgrade to All-Inclusive Tour Package with boat ride ticket and one top attraction entrance ticket at time of booking.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Suzhou Night Tour: Master of the Nets Garden and Old Town with DinnerNight Tours

Private Suzhou Night Tour: Master of the Nets Garden and Old Town with Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing and memorable night out by visiting famed UNESCO garden: The Master of the Nets garden when it’s lit up with the charming lights on the traditional buildings, watch the local art performances and enjoy the traditional Chinese music and opera sinning with the amazing garden setting. Savor a delightful dinner along the ancient canal and immerse yourself in the beautiful night view of the water town scenery, explore the ancient canal street full of colorful stores with arts, crafts and trinkets with your local guide and get a great insight into local custom, culture and sounds.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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