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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

If Shanghai's ultramodern skyline has you pining for the China of old kung fu movies, a day trip or weekend in Suzhou or Zhouzhuang might be in order. Both described individually as 'the Venice of China,' the two cities' lantern-lined canals and traditional architecture make them quite photogenic and well worth a visit.

Zhouzhuang, the oldest of China's water villages, sits about a 90-minute bus ride from Shanghai halfway between Shanghai and Suzhou. The village is surrounded by lakes on four sides with canals flowing beneath stone bridges and between the Ming and Qing Dynasty houses lining either side. Stay the night at one of the private guesthouses along the river and you'll have the streets and canals to yourself when you wake before the tour buses roll in.

Much larger Suzhou, the City of Gardens, sits 50 miles (81 kilometers) northwest of Shanghai. While the canals and traditional architecture here are every bit as picturesque as in Zhouzhuang, the classical Chinese gardens are the stars, earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou's oldest gardens date back as early as the sixth century, but most hail from the Ming and Qing Dynasty periods during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

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Private Day Tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village including Humble Administrator's Garden ... 
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Private Day Tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village including Humble Administrator's Garden from Shanghai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This full day tour will give you an opportunity to see a rural setting as well as a different urban setting to what you see in Shanghai. It will take you to ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.00
Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Praised as the “Venice of Asia,” Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. This exquisite private tour will enthrall you with the ...  Read more

Location: Suzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99
4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including the Bund, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including the Bund

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

From the busy streets of Shanghai to the tranquil canals of Suzhou – you will have three-day’s worth of interesting activities and sightseeing experience ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $440.00
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai, Shanghai, Multi-day Tours
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 329 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $134.99
Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai, Shanghai, Day Trips
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Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

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Take a gondola ride through the elegant waterways of Zhouzhuang, the 'Venice of the East.’ You’ll step into the old residences of Zhang House and Shen House, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Private Day Tour: Zhouzhuang and Suzhou from Shanghai, Shanghai, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour: Zhouzhuang and Suzhou from Shanghai

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This is a private tour to visit "Venice of the East" ancient town----Zhouzhuang and picturesque city Suzhou. On this day trip by private vehicle, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Private Day Tour of Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour of Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

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This is an ideal tour for escaping the bustling city and experiencing the picturesque Zhouzhuang. Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water townships in China, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.00
Private Suzhou Day Tour of Zhouzhuang Water Town and Pingjiang Old Street, Suzhou, Private ... 
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Zhouzhuang Water Town and Pingjiang Old Street

Praised as the “Venice of Asia,” Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. Suzhou is also famous for its local products such as ...  Read more

Location: Suzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.99
See Zhouzhuang Water Town and Shanghai City in One Day, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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See Zhouzhuang Water Town and Shanghai City in One Day

Spend a day during your trip in Shanghai to visit famous Water Town Zhouzhuang as well as to see some interesting attraction places in Shanghai city. During ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00
Half Day Zhouzhuang Water Village, Shanghai, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Half Day Zhouzhuang Water Village

Experience the picturesque old water village Zhou Zhuang on this half day tour. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the town is often ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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