Humble Administrator's Garden Tours

Humble Administrator's Garden
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.
Address: 178 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Eastern China, China
Hours: 7:30am–5:30pm daily (March–Nov), 7:30am–5pm daily (Nov–Feb)
Admission: Varies by season
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Private Day Tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village including Humble Administrator's Garden from Shanghai

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou and the water village of Zhouzhuang on a full-day private tour from Shanghai. Visit the gardens of Suzhou (Humble Administrator’s Garden), created from the 11th to 19th centuries and considered masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design. After lunch, cruise the canals of Zhouzhuang aboard a traditional Chinese gondola and admire the Ming- and Qing-era architecture that lines the waterways of the ‘Venice of the East.’ Includes private guide and vehicle, lunch, silk factory stop, and all transportation.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$97.00 USD
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Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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$87.00 USD
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2-Day Private Tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

Take two days to explore Shanghai and Suzhou with a private guide, starting with a Shanghai sightseeing tour. Visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the World Financial Center for different perspectives on Shanghai. Then travel by train to Suzhou, where you find the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built from the 11th to 19th centuries. Visit two prized gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Master of the Nets, and stroll along Pingjiang Road before returning to Shanghai in the evening.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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$199.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$92.50 USD
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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
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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$81.34 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$128.00 USD
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8-Day Eastern China Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan

Take in the highlights of eastern China with this epic 8-day tour, accompanied by a private guide and including accommodation, meals and transport. Cruise down the Grand Canal in Suzhou and soak up the scenery of Hangzhou as you visit the famous West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda) and the Longjing Tea Plantation. Then, journey back to ancient China in Huangshan, hike through the surrounding mountains and explore the UNESCO-listed Village Hong.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,599.99 USD
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day with Lunch

Discovery the charming Suzhou by exploring its enchanting gardens and the bridges and visit one of the UNESCO garden such as Humble Administrator’s garden or Lingering, Temples or museums based on your preferences, afternoon choose to visit Zhouzhuang ,rated as National 5A attractions and also known as the China No. 1 water town, explore the ancient stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming and Qing era residences with your local expert guide. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central Suzhou hotel or Suzhou railway station pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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$60.00 USD
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Independent Tour of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Zhouzhuang water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the number 1 famous water village Zhouzhuang 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 and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Zhouzhuang water village.
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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$21.05 USD
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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
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$98.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$69.34 USD
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Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Suzhou on a private full-day tour. It's the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick three or four attractions, perhaps a classical garden of Suzhou, the boat ride on the ancient canals, a Buddhist pagoda, the Suzhou museum or local opera, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense, upgrade to tour with first class train ticket at time of booking.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$85.40 USD
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4-Day Small-Group China Tour: Shanghai and Suzhou

Have time to explore Shanghai and Suzhou on a 4-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by sightseeing in Shanghai at the Shanghai Musuem and Yu Gardens, then continue to the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Spend a full day in Suzhou to enjoy the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two famous spots: the Garden of the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator's Garden, and ascend Tiger Hill before returning to Shanghai for the final evening of your tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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$572.00 USD
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2-Day Unlimited Private Trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou by Bullet Train from Shanghai

There is a Chinese saying, "Up in heaven, there is paradise; down on earth, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou". It means that the cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou have beautiful scenery that make them comparable to paradise on earth. This 2-day private tour leads you to the amazing sightseeing of the top attractions in both Suzhou and Hangzhou. Experience the speedy bullet train of China for your short excursion each day from Shanghai. The itinerary can be 100% customized based on your own interests. Accompany by your professional private guide each day to learn the local history and famous tea culture.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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$215.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$220.00 USD
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Private Suzhou and Tongli Water Village Day Trip with Lunch from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou and Tongli Water Village with lunch at a delicious noodle restaurant by canal during this amazing private day tour. It's the perfect landscaping and culture introduction of both Chinese gardens and water town. Pick any historical sites you want to visit in Suzhou like Humble of Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Suzhou Museum and so on. Your private professional local guide will take good care of you and explain you all the history about each places. Followed by a visit to Tongli Water Town where you will enjoy a relaxing boat ride and a sightseeing in famous Tuisi Garden.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$106.87 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$125.00 USD
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One-Day Suzhou Highlight Tour

Discover Suzhou’s loveliest attractions, all in one day: this small-group tour takes the hassle out of organizing your own sightseeing excursion. Following morning hotel pickup, head to the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, visit the Hanshan Temple before stopping for a traditional, Chinese lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll explore scenic Tiger Hill and will then head to a silk factory, where you’ll learn about every step of the silk-weaving process. At day's end, return to your hotel.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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$260.00 USD
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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.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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$21.05 USD
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$21.05 USD
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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip with Lunch from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village with lunch at a delicious noodle restaurant during this amazing private day tour. It's the perfect landscaping and culture introduction of both Chinese gardens and water town. Pick any historical sites you want to visit in Suzhou like Humble of Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Suzhou Museum and so on. Your private professional local guide will take good care of you and explain you all the history about each places. Followed by a visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town where you will enjoy a relaxing boat ride and walk along the canals. In addition, discover the traditional Chinese life by visiting the antiquated houses owned by high officials.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$109.46 USD
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$109.46 USD
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Independent Tour of Suzhou from Shanghai

This self-guided tour offers you a offers your a comfortable private transfer service to Suzhou from Shanghai. Discover the top attractions of Suzhou by yourself with your own pace.Accompanied by your private driver and stop at the beautiful garden, 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. This service also applies to business travelers who needs a private round trip transfer between Shanghai and Suzhou.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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$19.00 USD
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Suzhou Early Bird Tour: Humble Administrator's Garden with Kunqu Opera and Breakfast

This early morning private tour is designed for tourists who are interested in historical sites,anecdotes,customs,local handicrafts and traditional local life. Have an early entry and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Garden titled “mother of all the gardens on the earth” before it is officially open . Appreciate world-renown Kunqu Opera in the famous garden with selected dim-sum breakfast. Take a boat ride along the canals to explore the well-preserved traditional community with stone bridges and old residences. Scroll along the characteristic old block and take a fan painting lesson with the help of a painting master.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$131.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$90.00 USD
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$87.00 USD
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