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Suzhou Silk Museum Tours

Suzhou Silk Museum
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.
Address: 2001 Renmin Road, Suzhou, Eastern China 215001, China
Hours: Tues-Sun 9am-5pm
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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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US$160.22
Price varies by group size
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US$160.22
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Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour

Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour

In addition to its stunning gardens and flowing canal, Suzhou has been at the centre of China' illustrious silk trade for centuries. Suzhou is the silk capital of the world. Book this tour, you'll get to not only delve into the ancient techniques and fine crafts of Suzhou's most famous export, but browse the process of how silk is processed from worm to the final product and the authentic handmade embroidery, especially the significance of it's design.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.15
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US$109.15
Price varies by group size

Suzhou Private Tour Featuring Classical Gardens, Silk Museum and Kunqu Opera

Suzhou Private Tour Featuring Classical Gardens, Silk Museum and Kunqu Opera

Suzhou is a famous city with a blend of classical gardens and tiny canal-side streets, as well as the silk capital of China and the birthplace of Kunqu Opera. The itinerary includes Suzhou Silk Museum, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrator's Garden, Pingjiang Road and Kunqu Opera performance. Besides, we will take a boat cruise along canal from Humble Administrator’s Garden to Pingjiang Road.Learn about the city, and get out to explore the best parts on your own. 1. Visit Suzhou Silk Museum and unveil the secrets of making silks 2. Visit Suzhou Museum to learn about Suzhou's history and culture 3. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Humble Administrator's Garden 4. Take a boat cruise along canal and enjoy the ancient town 5. Walk along Pingjiang Road and enjoy Kunqu Opera performance 6. Public transport travel as a local 7. Dim-sum for dinner
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$158.08
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US$158.08
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Suzhou Day Trip of Gardens and Old Street

Suzhou Day Trip of Gardens and Old Street

Follow a professional local tour guide on this day trip, linger in the exquisite classical gardens and wander along the wonderful ancient street in Suzhou. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive. Visit two of Suzhou gardens – the Humble Administrator's Garden and Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin) to enjoy the ancient classical style, discover the rare cultural relics and unique architectural style in Suzhou Museum, stroll along Pingjiang Old Street to experience traditional Suzhou local life.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$232.00
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US$232.00
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Private Day Tour of Suzhou Highlight

Private Day Tour of Suzhou Highlight

Explore China’s “Venice of the East” on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to the historic water town of Suzhou and stroll around the houses, ponds, and pathways of the UNESCO-designated Humble Administrator’s Garden. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and boat trip on the old Grand Canal, then experience local culture and history at the Suzhou Silk Museum and Tiger Hill.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$255.28
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US$255.28
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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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US$169.83
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US$169.83
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Visit Suzhou Garden and Water Town in One Day

Visit Suzhou Garden and Water Town in One Day

Follow a professional local tour guide on this private day tour to visit the largest garden and famous water town in Suzhou. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive. Visit the largest garden in Suzhou - Humble Administrator’s Garden to explore the ingenious man-made landscape, stroll around Zhouzhuang to enjoy the exquisite water town and charming natural scenery, visit Suzhou Silk Museum to learn the traditional silk spinning.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$260.00
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US$260.00
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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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US$248.00
Price varies by group size
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US$248.00
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One Day Classic Tour in Suzhou

One Day Classic Tour in Suzhou

In this trip you will visit the most classical garden and the most pretty garden in the city. You have a chance to visit the old neighborhood in the city where there is very few tourists to go, you can experience the real life of local people.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$186.92
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US$186.92
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Full Day Suzhou Bike Tour From Shanghai Included Mini Van & High Quality Bicycle

Full Day Suzhou Bike Tour From Shanghai Included Mini Van & High Quality Bicycle

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Small group Fully day shuzhou Minin van and bike tour from shanghai group size basic on 4 persons.Our driver and tour guide will be met you at your hotle with big van and your high quality bicycle at 9:00 am. After an hour and 30 mins of driving we will get to the downtown of Suzhou. From here hop on your bike start your Suzhou bike tour.First cycle to the most beautiful garden Master of Nets.We will stay there for an hour. Afer we ride to Shangtang Old street or Pingjiang historical block depend on visitors flow rate.next you will have an authentic lunch on your own expense. After lunch we contunitue ride to a UNSCO World Cultural Heritage - humble administrator’s garden.From there you cycle to the Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory and Silk museum.we can see how to raise silkworms and learn the silk culture. After all we take a traditional Chinese Gongdola along the city moat and Grand Canal.Enjoy the Venice of the east and get insight into Wu culture and local daily life style.
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  • 8 hours
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US$160.22
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US$160.22

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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US$248.00
Price varies by group size
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US$248.00
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch

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Spend a day exploring Suzhou and Zhouzhuang with your own private guide on this full-day tour. You'll start with Suzhou, known for its gardens and canals, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you'll head to Zhouzhuang, where you'll take a gondola ride along the canals and visit the 14th century Shen's House before returning to your Suzhou hotel.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$163.41
Price varies by group size
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US$163.41
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Suzhou Silk Museum hours of operation?
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Suzhou Silk Museum hours of operation: Tues-Sun 9am-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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