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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) Tours and Activities

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One of the four most famous classical gardens of Suzhou, the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) has World Heritage status and also showcases two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts: Pingtan and Guqin music. The garden makes fantastic use of space, with a harmonious layout of temples, statues, rockeries, halls, bridges, and ponds.

Covering almost six acres, the garden is divided into four areas: the east, west, central, and north sections, all of which are connected via a half-mile (700-meter) corridor featuring calligraphy carved into its stone walls. The central area features many buildings surrounding a pond and grotto, while the east garden includes a miniature mountain modeled after Tiantai Mountain, as well as the Celestial Hall of Five Peaks, the largest hall in the garden. The west section is mostly natural, with a large rockery built during the Ming Dynasty, while the north garden, once used to grow vegetables, now showcases a range of potted plants.

Popular among families, the Lingering Garden is often visited on day trips from Shanghai that also include other famous classical gardens in Suzhou. It's common to combine a trip here with visits to the famous water towns of Zhouzhuang and Tongli, but other options include visits to Shantang Old Street and Tiger Hill. For a unique day out, book a Suzhou culture and art tour, which includes a Suzhou opera performance at the Master of Nets Garden.

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338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Eastern China, 215004
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5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

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See the best of Shanghai and Suzhou on a private 2-day tour with an informative guide and small-group of up to nine guests. Visit the Shanghai Museum, walk through the lovely Yu Gardens and Bazaar, take in colonial architecture along the Bund, shop along Nanjing Road, and enjoy a Huangpu River cruise. Then travel out to Suzhou and Tongli water town to see ancient streets lined with charming old buildings and explore the Classical Garden of Suzhou.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,186.00
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$1,186.00
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Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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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$143.20
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$143.20
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Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Travel by bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, a relaxing 35-minute ride through the Chinese suburbs. With your local guide, visit the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road and leisurely enjoy boat ride along ancient grand canal. Round trip 1st class bullet train ticket are all inclusive.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.00
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$238.00
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Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

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Suzhou visitors that want to discover China's ancient towns can always take a group tour, but then you're one in the crowd, and stuck with a rigid itinerary. Instead, try this private tour experience, complete with a flexible itinerary and a guide—just for your group—that leads the way. Highlights include exploring the gardens and bridges of Suzhou, a stop at a silk factory, and a visit to one of the area's historic water towns—included in the tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.90
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$170.90
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Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

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Spend the day exploring Suzhou’s most important landmarks—and the nearby Tongli Water Town, too—on this flexible, private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your Suzhou hotel or train station, and venture first to the UNESCO-listed Lingering Garden, one of China’s most beautiful, classical gardens. Then, discover more about the region’s heritage when you visit the Suzhou Museum and a local silk-weaving factory. Later, you’ll discover the Tongli Water Town, famed for its many canals and lovely scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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$227.31
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Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

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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.
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  • 9 hours
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$254.94
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$254.94
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All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

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Spare yourself the language challenges of taxis or public transport and experience Suzhou the way it’s meant to be experienced—with a private guide and driver. Soak up this ancient city’s classical beauty as you tour the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Besides pickup and drop-off to your hotel or the railway station, your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$118.16
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$118.16
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Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

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Put language and transport worries aside on this convenient guided tour that checks off highlights of Suzhou as well as Tongli water town. Start at the Lingering Garden, recognized by UNESCO, then discover Suzhou’s history at the Suzhou Museum and learn about silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Finally, travel back in time as you stroll the alleys, bridges, and islets of Tongli water town.
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  • 8 hours
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$151.21
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$151.21
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

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Save time without compromising on experience with this comprehensive private Suzhou day tour. Besides the Lingering Garden, visit quaint Tiger Hill, stroll along historic Shantang street, discover the Buddhist Hanshan Temple and the Suzhou Silk Museum, and enjoy a boat ride along the ancient canal. Your day includes a Chinese lunch and door-to-door round-trip transportation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.97
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$226.97
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Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

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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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  • 2 days
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$296.40
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$296.40
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Suzhou Private Day Tour: Classical Gardens

Suzhou Private Day Tour: Classical Gardens

1)Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Humber Administrator's Garden; 2)Stroll at the Lingering Garden, see lotus ponds and bamboo groves in Summer; 3)Walk through Shantang Street, an ancient riverside pedestrian road to discover the local business and staged folk activities; 4)Visit the only existing water and land gate in China: Panmen Gate
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.24
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$175.24
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Private Suzhou Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai

Private Suzhou Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai

Fully immerse yourself the history of Suzhou, and maximize your time on a private full-day tour. Discover the beautiful Suzhou Water Town and Visit Lingering garden and Tiger Hill. Eat a delicious lunch, then stroll through the Pingjiang Road. Your guide provides personalized service and informs you on the significance of each of these iconic landmarks.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$339.00
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$339.00
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Full-day Private Tour of Top Suzhou Gardens

Full-day Private Tour of Top Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou is a city famous for its abundant classical gardens, for China’s four most famous gardens, two of them are in Suzhou. This is a customized private day trip covering Suzhou fantastic gardens, follow a knowledgeable guide to explore the top gardens and learn e splendid history and culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.95
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$210.95
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Suzhou and Tongli Discovery Tour with Gondala Ride or Tea Tasting

Suzhou and Tongli Discovery Tour with Gondala Ride or Tea Tasting

Combine the classic garden city with a peaceful water town Tongli .Today our professional guide will meet you at the Suzhou Railway station and start the Suzhou Depth discovery tour. (we  can also help you to purchase the train tickets in advance ,please provide your passport number and full name at the time of booking).  This tour will enable you to discover the highlights of Suzhou , the Tiger Hill and Humble Administrator's Garden . Lunch will be arranged in the special local noodle restaurant. In the afternoon , drive to the well preserved water town of Tongli which is famous for bridges, canals and architecures .  At the end of the tour, tranferred back to the Suzhou Railway Station and finish the tour.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$193.00
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$193.00
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Flexible Suzhou City Day Tour

Flexible Suzhou City Day Tour

Appreciate the natural beauty of Suzhou on this action-packed day tour. Meet your guide at Suzhou station and then enjoy a worry-free day with private transport in Suzhou included. Learn about the history of Suzhou and its most loved attractions, including the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. A private tour means you won’t have to navigate and you'll have fascinating guide insight along the way.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$146.87
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$146.87
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Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Visit one of the oldest cities and one of the best water towns in China at same time, also visit one of the best four private gardens in China.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.68
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$191.68
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Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Private Tour with Local Guide

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Private Tour with Local Guide

Spend full day with a local expert tour guide to discover the most famous gardens in Suzhou, as it is a city famed of its abundant classical gardens, for China’s four most famous gardens, two of them are in Suzhou. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive. This is a customized private day trip covering Suzhou fantastic gardens, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, Master of Nets Garden, Lingering Garden, and the Suzhou Silk Museum, follow you guide to learn the splendid history and culture of this city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.34
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$248.34
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Suzhou 2-Day Private Tour with Tongli Water Village

Suzhou 2-Day Private Tour with Tongli Water Village

1) Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Humber Administrator's Garden; 2) Stroll in the Lingering Garden, see lotus ponds and bamboo groves in Summer; 3) Visit Panmen Gate - the oldest city gate of Suzhou; 4) Walk through Shantang Street, an ancient riverside pedestrian road to discover the local business and staged fol activities; 5) Enjoy a relax walking tour in Tongli Water Town; 7) Travel in an air-conditioned private vehicle;
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.49
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$365.49
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Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Discover the delights of pretty Suzhou—nicknamed ‘the Venice of the East’—on this morning or afternoon sightseeing tour. Begin with pickup at your centrally located Suzhou hotel, and spin through the city with your guide. Discover top attractions including the UNESCO–listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou, the 11th-century Panmen Gate, and Shantang Street, and enjoy fine views over the beautiful parks and canals for which Suzhou is famous.
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  • 4 hours
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$122.00
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$122.00
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Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Private Day Tour from Shanghai

Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Private Day Tour from Shanghai

Flexible customized private full day tour from Shanghai. Travel to Suzhou to explore its historical , flexible itinerary based on your interests and guide suggestion for Suzhou , Afternoon , explore Tongli Water Town with your guide , to know and see their stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming- and Qing-era houses . Private guide and driver , hotel pick up and drop off , tolls, gas, parking fee and bottled water are inclusive.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$210.00
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$210.00
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Private Tour: Suzhou Full Day Tour

Private Tour: Suzhou Full Day Tour

• Suzhou Full Day Private Tour • Visit Tiger Hill, Garden Of Master Nets, Lingering Garden and Institute Of Embroidery • Enjoy commentary by your friendly and knowledgeable guide  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel  • All entrance fees included • Tips are not included, these are at your discretion.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$222.00
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$222.00
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Visit Suzhou Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

Visit Suzhou Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

The exquisite gardens in Suzhou and the beautiful water town interspersed with crisscrossing water lanes in Zhouzhuang attracts many travelers, you should never miss them while travelling in Shanghai. Spend full day on a private trip with local expert guide, view old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties in Suzhou and witness local villagers leading their simple and peaceful life in Zhouzhuang. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fee and local lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$296.00
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$296.00
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Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour From Shanghai Or Suzhou

Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour From Shanghai Or Suzhou

Highlights: 1.Non shopping tour 2.No tourist traps 3.No hidding fee 4.The best use of time 5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary 7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles 8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.60
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$249.60
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Essential Suzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Essential Suzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Follow a professional local tour guide, take this day trip to explore the highlights of Suzhou, visit the picturesque Tiger Hill, Wander along the Shantang Street (Seven-Li Shantang), enjoy the fascinating scenery of ancient town, bridges and streets, visit the typical Qing style Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) and the Buddhist Hanshan Temple. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.34
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$248.34
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What are Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation?
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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation: Daily 7:30am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) costs USD 110.15. Guided Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) tours start around USD 110.15 per person.
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