Suzhou Silk Museum Tours

Suzhou is famous for being the silk capital of China – the city was the center of silk production for imperial families throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Suzhou Silk Museum provides an opportunity to learn about how silk has been produced and used throughout the centuries, dating as far back as 2000 BC. It’s also a chance to admire the crafts, embroidery, and clothing made from silk, and perhaps purchase a souvenir to take home.

Those interested in architecture will note that Suzhou Silk Museum combines a sense of ancient civilization with a modern design, with white walls representing the purity of silk and round edges symbolizing its softness. The museum is divided into several sections, each offering a different angle on the life and times of silk. In the silkworm-rearing room, you can see live worms enjoying mulberry leaves, their favourite food, before being transported through time in the silk-weaving workshop, where ancient looms reveal the past grandeurs of the silk industry.

A visit to Suzhou Silk Museum is a captivating experience, combining history, culture, and art. To provide the most context, it is best visited as part of an extended cultural tour of the area, with stops at the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Suzhou Museum, plus several other key attractions in the city. It can also be visited as part of various day trips, which might include entry into one or two classical gardens, as well as time to explore the city’s ancient streets.

Practical Info

If not arriving as part of an organized tour with transport included, the quickest and easiest way to reach Suzhou from Shanghai is to take the high-speed express train between the two cities.

Did You Know? The larvae of a moth, a silkworm cocoon can produce a single thread of raw silk up to 900 meters long. The cocoons are put in boiling water to ease their unravelling.
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Address: 2001 Renmin Road, Suzhou, Eastern China 215001, China
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Hours: Tues-Sun 9am-5pm
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Private Imperial Beijing in One Day

If you’ve got limited time in Beijing then look no further than this private full-day sightseeing tour—a quick and convenient way to tick off the Chinese capital’s highlights. Travel with ease in an air-conditioned car and marvel at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Forbidden City (Imperial City), and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). For added convenience, hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$85.00 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
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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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