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Visiting the Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Visiting the Classical Gardens of Suzhou

The art of the traditional Chinese garden was popular among the wealthy during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and nowhere is the classic beauty of these gardens more evident than in Suzhou. Nine of these gardens make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Here’s what you need to know.   Humble Administrator’s Garden The largest garden in Suzhou, built in the early 16th century, is dominated by ponds and lakes. Visitors will also find a small museum, teahouse, and 10 pavilions for taking in the views.   Lingering Garden This Qing-style garden ranks among the most popular in China. It’s noted for its magnificent architectural details, particularly the Mandarin Duck Hall with its engraved moon gate. ** Net Master’s Garden** While on the smaller side, the Net Master’s Garden is one of the best preserved in Suzhou. Its labyrinthine courtyards, originally built in the 12th century, were meticulously restored in the 1700s.   Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty Located within the Embroidery Museum, this garden appears larger than it is thanks to a series of interconnecting pavilions placed at different heights and altitudes.   Canglang Pavilion This garden, sometimes called the Blue Wave Pavilion, is among the oldest in Suzhou, dating back to the 11th century. Canglang Pavilion is off the beaten path, and it’s a good option if you’re looking for a less touristy experience.   Lion Grove Garden Craggy rocks and interconnected caves are distinctive features of the Lion Grove Garden, built by a Buddhist monk in 1342.   Garden of Cultivation Often overlooked by international visitors, the Garden of Cultivation has a classic Chinese garden design, including water features, covered corridors, and rock formations.   Couple’s Garden Retreat Surrounded by water on three sides, the Couple’s Garden Retreat is certainly romantic, with its weeping willows, ponds, and grottoes. It’s even accessible by boat.   Retreat & Reflection Garden This garden, designed by a painter of the Wumen school, is nicknamed Garden Floating on Water for the high water level of its ponds and buildings placed right at the water’s edge.

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Incredible Suzhou Cultural Day Tour From Shanghai by bullet Train Full-day Tours

Incredible Suzhou Cultural Day Tour From Shanghai by bullet Train

Hit the highlights of Suzhou on this multi-hour tour, which includes transfers in an air-conditioned private vehicle. Scenic stops include a stroll through the city’s oldest private gardens, constructed in a classical Chinese style, panoramic views of the Yangtze River Delta from a hilltop Buddhist pagoda, a look inside a working silk workshop, and a visit to the history-packed, rebuilt Shantang Street.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from ShanghaiDay Trips

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day TourFull-day Tours

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
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Flexible Suzhou City Day TourNature and Wildlife

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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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Half Day Shanghai Mini Group Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, 1-6 TravelersHalf-day Tours

Half Day Shanghai Mini Group Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town, 1-6 Travelers

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Trade the bustling city of Shanghai for the tranquil streets of Zhujiajiao Water Town during this small-group tour. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the rich history of the town filled with ancient canals, bridges, gardens, and traditional homes. Spend time strolling the quaint streets, riding in a traditional sculling boat, and learning about the local culture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Suzhou Classic Garden and Water Town Day TourBus Tours

Suzhou Classic Garden and Water Town Day Tour

This private Suzhou tour will lead you to explore the wonderful ancient water towns--Tongli Water Town and linger in the exquisite classical gardens in Suzhou downtown area, with your professional tour guide, you will truly know the charm of a 'paradise on earth'. As the saying goes - 'Gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them'. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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9-Day Small Group China Tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou and ShanghaiHiking

9-Day Small Group China Tour of Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou and Shanghai

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Have time to explore Shanghai and Suzhou on a 9-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Sightsee in Shanghai, travel the Nanjing Road, and discover Tianzifang and Suzhou. Visit two famous sites such as the Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Tongli Water Tower, Shanghai Bund, and the Great Wall of China. Group size limited to 18 travelers ensures a more personalized experience.
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  • 9 days
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  • 9 days
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Private Day Trip: Suzhou from ShanghaiPrivate Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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