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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) Tours & Tickets

Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan)
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.

Insider Tip: There are many classical gardens in Suzhou. Aside from the Lingering Garden, you shouldn't miss the Humble Administrator's Garden or Lion Grove Garden.

Practical Info

Suzhou is located about 62 miles (100 km) west of Shanghai and is connected by high-speed train. Some tours include the high-speed train, while others use road transport. Suzhou can also be reached by bus; take Tourist Bus No. 1 and alight at the Liuyan stop.
Address: 338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Eastern China 215004, China
Hours: Daily 7:30am–5pm
Admission: CNY 45–55
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Suzhou Private Rickshaw Tour including Lingering Garden and Shantang Street

Suzhou Private Rickshaw Tour including Lingering Garden and Shantang Street

This tour will show you a few interesting and famous tourists’ attractions including the well-known classical Lingering Garden, well-designed Suzhou Museum by I.M.Pei and most traditional local community Shantang Street,take a rickshaw tour around the old city. Meanwhile this tour will offer you an opportunity to try different public ways of transportation(subway,bus or taxi) so that you will experience local people’s normal life fully. 1.Learn local history on the tour 2.See the neighborhood’s top attractions via the rickshaw tour 3.Learn about the city’s history from an expert guide 4.Enjoy a family-friendly experience out in the fresh air
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.87
Price varies by group size
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$150.87
Price varies by group size

Private Suzhou Tour with Tiger Hill, Cruise in Jinji Lake & the Lingering Garden

Private Suzhou Tour with Tiger Hill, Cruise in Jinji Lake & the Lingering Garden

This is a tour that you can get an indepth experience in Suzhou.Tiger Hill and Lingering Garden can give you a very good view about Classical Garden. Walking in the Shantang Street and visit Chang Gate can show you the “old suzhou style”. Bonsai experience gives you not only the knowledge of gardening but also a joy of making bonsai. Except the local food, you can also have a chance to get a vegetarian food which is very heathy. In the end, you can go visit the Jinji lake and take a cruise. Learn about the city, and get out to explore the best parts on your own. 1.Visit the famous Tiger Hill and see the famous leaning tower. 2.Have a Bonsai lesson and learn to make a bonsai yourself. 3.Have a visit to the Lingering Garden to touch the classical beauty. 4.Wander in Shantang Street and visit the ancient Chang Gate. 5.Dinner(Vegetarian and Speciality cuisine options are available). 6.Walk around the Moonlight Harbor, Take a cruise and enjoy the scenery of Jinji Lake
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$262.76
Price varies by group size
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$262.76
Price varies by group size

Suzhou Private Tour: Suzhou Silk Museum, Lingering Garden Tiger Hill and More

Suzhou Private Tour: Suzhou Silk Museum, Lingering Garden Tiger Hill and More

Suzhou is not only a famous cultural city and a city of gardens, but also the silk capital of China. This tour includes Suzhou Silk Museum, Suzhou's classical gardens, Shan Tang Street and Tiger Hill. The original allure of these sites have been preserved, and they represent Suzhou's antiquity and appreciation for art! 1. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lingering Garden. 2. Walk along Shang Tang Street and enjoy local lifestyle 3. Visit Tiger Hill and its leaning pagoda 4. Visit Suzhou Silk Museum and learn about the history and culture of Chinese silk 5. Public transport travel as a local.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.22
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$160.22
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Private Suzhou Garden Exploration Tour

Private Suzhou Garden Exploration Tour

Check all the Suzhou boxes—a classical garden, a silk factory, a temple, and the ancient street—with a private guide and driver. Start at the Lingering Garden, tour Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, and Pingjiang Road, then discover the art of silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.83
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$169.83
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.16
Price varies by group size
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$118.16
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$296.40
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$296.40
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Private 3-Night Tour of Suzhou with Accommodation

Private 3-Night Tour of Suzhou with Accommodation

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou on a 3-night private tour that includes 5-star accommodations. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Shantang Street, Pingjiang Road, and other highlights as you explore the ‘Venice of the East.’ Includes private guide and vehicle, six meals, Kunqu Opera performance, and entrance fees.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$907.88
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$907.88

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.20
Price varies by group size
From
$143.20
Price varies by group size

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Suzhou’s rock and water classical gardens have been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. Spare yourself the hassles of navigating Suzhou with a private door-to-door day tour, a must for anyone who’s serious about garden design. Explore no fewer than three of the city’s most iconic gardens—the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, and the Lingering Garden—tour the Suzhou Silk Museum and enjoy a Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.97
Price varies by group size
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$226.97
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Suzhou Private Grand City Tour

Suzhou Private Grand City Tour

Hit Suzhou’s cultural highlights in just a day on this comprehensive private door-to-door tour. Exploring with a guide, tour I.M. Pei’s majestic Suzhou Museum, stroll historic Shantang Street, and visit the Lingering Garden, which holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Learn the art of bonsai on Tiger Hill, discover the city’s rich needlework traditions at the Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, and watch “kunqu” opera. Your day includes both lunch and dinner.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.77
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$270.77
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$248.00
Price varies by group size
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$248.00
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Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.31
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$227.31
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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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$248.00
Price varies by group size
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$248.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$210.95
Price varies by group size
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$210.95
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

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Save hours wasted waiting on taxis and soak up Suzhou’s old-world charms in just a day on this classic door-to-door private tour. Check all the Suzhou boxes—a classical garden, a silk factory, a temple, and the ancient street—with a private guide and driver. Start at the Lingering Garden, tour Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, and Pingjiang Road, then discover the art of silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.19
Price varies by group size
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$139.19
Price varies by group size

All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

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Often called “the Venice of the East” because of its scenic canals, Suzhou is a sightseer’s paradise—and this private, full-day tour offers a seamless way to explore. Meet your guide in the morning at the local train station, and set off. You’ll visit the UNESCO-listed, classical Lingering Garden; will admire Panmen Gate and stroll Pingjiang Historic Street; will go for a boat ride of the Grand Canal; and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
Price varies by group size
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$179.00
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Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Noted as "The City of Garden", Suzhou gardens save lots information of history, culture, ideology and science, extremely deep and wide in both material and spiritual contents. Most of Suzhou buildings gather architectural art in south of the River, setting the architecture, garden, carving, painting, poet and industrial arts in one.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.15
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From
$110.15
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2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town

2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town

As an old saying goes: Above there is a heaven, below there are Suzhou & Hangzhou. Suzhu is desirable travel destination all year round with mild climate and various classical gardens in all size. It's also praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. This 2 days Suzhou private tour will take you to appreciate fantastic gardens with tranquil beauty and architectural splendors in Tongli Water Town.
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  • 2 days
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$295.00
Price varies by group size
From
$295.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.00
Price varies by group size
From
$122.00
Price varies by group size

Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Travelers have praised Suzhou’s elegant gardens and ancient town for centuries. Follow in their footsteps without the indignities of negotiating taxis on this private guided door-to-door tour. Explore Tiger Hill, ride a boat along the river, visit the Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple, and learn how to spin silk at the Suzhou Silk Museum. Along the way, feast on a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$213.09
Price varies by group size
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$213.09
Price varies by group size
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The Most Recommended Suzhou Day Tour For First Time Visitors

The Most Recommended Suzhou Day Tour For First Time Visitors

Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groves at the Lingering Garden. Explore the Surging Wave Pavilion's charm. Learn more about Chinese history when you do the private boat cruise on Grand Canal, take a pleasant stroll down Shantang Ancient Street and visit the Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill..
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.23
Price varies by group size
From
$171.23
Price varies by group size

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$170.90
Price varies by group size
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$170.90
Price varies by group size
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Private Shanghai Excursion Tour to Suzhou

Private Shanghai Excursion Tour to Suzhou

Want to spend one day to do Shanghai side tour to Suzhou? This tour can help you visit Suzhou from Shanghai at an easier way. that includes the main highlights of Suzhou, let you fully experience the culture & history of Suzhou, take you to explore Chinese classic garden--Lingering Garden, learn Buddhism culture, visiting Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory to see how silk made into products also can not missed.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$242.00
Price varies by group size
From
$242.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.21
Price varies by group size
From
$151.21
Price varies by group size

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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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