Humble Administrator's Garden Tours

Of all the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest, most famous, and best preserved. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this uniquely-designed garden takes visitors through scenic pathways, quiet pavilions, ancient bridges, calm ponds, and small, forested areas dating back to the Ming dynasty. The Hall of Drifting Fragrance, a traditional Chinese residence at the garden's center, offers views of vast lawns, flowing water, and crape myrtle trees, while the nearby Small Flying Rainbow Bridge is the only bridge in the garden you can walk across.

A great family activity, you can visit the garden on an easy day trip from Shanghai. Combine your ticket with a visit to the famous Zhouzhuang water village nearby or opt for a private tour of Suzhou's classical gardens to visit Tiger Hill and Master of Nets, as well.

Practical Info

Suzhou is located approximately 62 miles (100 km) west of Shanghai, and the two cities are connected by high-speed train. The garden is open 7:30am to 5:30pm daily from March to November, and 7:30am to 5pm daily mid-November to February. Adult admission is 90 CNY in spring and summer and 70 CNY in winter. Some tours utilize the high-speed train rather than road transport.

Did You Know? The Humble Administrator’s Garden was originally the private garden of a government servant named Wang Xianchen. It was said that Xianchen grew frustrated with his work, and built the garden so that he could lead the simple life of a humble man instead, hence the name of the garden.
Location
Address: 178 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Eastern China, China
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Hours: 7:30am–5:30pm daily (March–Nov), 7:30am–5pm daily (Nov–Feb)
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Admission: Varies by season
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Incredible Suzhou Cultural Day Tour with Garden and Tiger Hill

Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Appreciate the art of Humble Administrator's Garden and its profound history. Wonder among the gorgeous scenes at Tiger Hill, the No.1 sight of Suzhou. Learn more about Chinese history in Panmen Gate, take a pleasant stroll down Shantang Street. A culture visit to see how the silk produced is also included!
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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$81.34 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Private Day Trip: Suzhou from Shanghai

Discover China’s rich classical garden and silk-making heritage on a private 8.5-hour tour from Shanghai to Suzhou. Travel to this history-infused city, and stroll around the pavilions, ponds, and bridges of two UNESCO-protected garden masterpieces: the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator’s gardens. After lunch (own expense), learn how Suzhou’s prized embroidered silk is made at the city’s Silk Museum. Round-trip private transport, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$92.50 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day Trip of Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill and Master of Nets Garden from Shanghai

Travel by train from Shanghai to Suzhou to take in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The gardens were founded as long ago as the 11th century and represent the pinnacle of classical Chinese garden design. Upon your arrival in Suzhou, your private guide meets you and shows you highlights including Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Masters of the Nets. You’ll also ascend Tiger Hill to see historical sites from the 2,500-year long history of Suzhou.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$128.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Lingering in the exquisite classical gardens and wandering along wonderful ancient streets, you will truly appreciate the charm of Suzhou. On this private day trip, you will visit two of Suzhou's gardens, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin), to enjoy classical Chinese landscaping style, discover rare cultural relics and unique architectures at Suzhou Museum, and stroll along Pingjiang Old Street.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Tiger Hill and Gardens

Combine some of Suzhou's top attractions in a single private tour that includes stops at the Master of Nets Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and Tiger Hill. Explore one Tiger Hill's historical attractions, see the region's largest classical Chinese garden at the Humble Administrator's Garden, and stroll through the prominent Master of Nets Garden, listening to enlightening commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$100.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Suzhou Highlight Half-Day Tour

In this very short half-day Suzhou highlight tour, you will visit the main attractions of Suzhou including Humble Administration Garden, Tiger Hill, and a Silk Factory.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$220.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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One-Day Suzhou Highlight Tour

Visit highlight of Suzhou in one day! See Humble Administrator's Garden, the most famous garden listed as an UNESCO Cultural Heritage site, Tiger Hill, a city landmark, Hanshan Temple, made famous by a poem, and last but not least, Silk, a luxurious textile originated from China.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$260.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Gardens and Silk Museum from Shanghai Including Lunch

Discover the city of Suzhou in one day from Shanghai on this 9-hour private tour. With a guide, you'll be introduced to the beauty of the city, known for its gardens, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll visit the Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden, plus visit the Suzhou Silk Museum. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$98.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mini Group: One-Day Suzhou Classic Gardens Tour from Shanghai

• Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden where you can gain an insight into the Chinese garden art of 500 years ago. • Take a rickshaw to the narrow alleys of Suzhou and experience the elegance of South China. • Visit  the most elegant garden in Suzhou: the Master of the Nets Garden. • Stroll along the old Pingjiang Street and experience the essence of Suzhou. Great Experience Guaranteed: • Mini Group: Our tour groups only allow maximum 6 people to make sure the best possible travel experience. • No Shopping: We don't arrange any tourist shops and factories for our customers as that usually take you lot of time and money and the products are often overcharged.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Classical Gardens of Suzhou Private Tour

See the best of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou on a private full-day tour, designed to delight lovers of Chinese landscapes. Tick off horticultural highlights such as the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tiger Hill, and Master of Nets Garden. Free hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this custom tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$91.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Garden Exploration Day Tour of Picturesque Suzhou

Suzhou, the garden of City, is famous for Chinese classic gardens. This Garden Exploration Day Tour will give you unique tour experience to tour Chinese gardens in one day. Explore the most famous as well as the largest garden in Suzhou--Humble Administrator’s Garden, appreciate the architectural splendor of Master of Nets Garden. Visit Ouyuan garden to feel the tranquil beauty and special elements for gardens. Continue to visit Canglang Pavilion, the oldest garden in Suzhou. You also have a chance to see how the silk made into fabric, products in Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$69.34 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day-Tour: Suzhou Museum and Tongli Water Town From Shanghai

Join this full-day tour of Suzhou and visit the water town of Tongli to gain great insights into a well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. You will also see exhibitions at Suzhou Museum and one of the largest gardens in China.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$313.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

From the canals of Tongli Water Village to the pagodas of the Lingering Garden, discover the beauty of Shanghai's outlying areas on this private tour from downtown. This tour also includes a visit to a silk factory, the 1,000-year-old village of Shantang, and a traditional Chinese lunch. Your private guide will provide insightful narration throughout the tour and ensure a comfortable and convenient excursion from the city.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Day Tour of Suzhou Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town

Combine visits to Suzhou and the Zhouzhuang ancient town on this private tour for just you and your party. With the attentions of a dedicated guide, explore what is known as "the Venice of Asia", wandering through gardens and seeing ponds and streams. Visit the Zhouzhuang water town as well as a classical Chinese Garden; learn about both locations through your guide's in-depth commentary.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$87.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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