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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4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour

Explore few top attractions of Suzhou within your limited time. The half-day tour itinerary is fully customizable based on your personal interests. See the beautiful Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. Private guide and transfer services are included
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Expedition from Shanghai

Discover Suzhou, one of China’s oldest cities, on a private 10-hour tour from Shanghai. With your own guide, explore the old town famed for its classical gardens, silk, and waterways. See the medieval Panmen Gate and remains of the city walls, admire waterfront Shantang Street, and enjoy lunch overlooking Suzhou’s canals. Plus, visit a silk factory and one of Suzhou’s formal, UNESCO-listed gardens. Entrance fees, private transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Day Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Town from Shanghai

Feast your eyes on some of China’s most beautiful gardens and watery vistas on this customizable private tour of Suzhou and Tongli Town. See the Master-of-Nets Garden, the Buddhist Xiyuan Temple, and Panmen Gate, then explore the canalside town of Tongli. Tour includes private guide and door-to-door transport for up to six people but excludes entrance fees.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum

Explore Shanghai and its major attractions on this private all-day tour that can be customized based on your interests. Get an overview of the city from your guide, as well as hear about its history. The itinerary can include visits to the Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, and the Old Town market.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Flexible Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai with First Class Bullet Train Option

This relaxing day trip to Suzhou from Shanghai takes you to explore the top attractions of Suzhou. The itinerary is fully customizable based on your personal interests. See the beautiful Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. Tasty lunch, round-trip bullet train ticket, private guide and transfer service are inclusive. Upgrade your bullet train seating into first class at time of booking.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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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
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full Day Suzhou Bike Tour From Shanghai Included Mini Van & High Quality Bicycle

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Day Tour with Authentic Lunch

This relaxing Suzhou day tour takes you to explore the top attractions of Suzhou. The itinerary is fully customizable based on your personal interests. See the beautiful Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Jinji Lake and etc.. Take a boat ride along the old Grand Canal (optional) or walk along on the historic Pingjiang Road and Shantang Street to experience the local life. Tasty local lunch, private guide and transfer services are inclusive.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Flexible One Day Suzhou Private Tour with Lunch

This one-day 8-hour flexible Suzhou city tour allows you to explore the remarkable sites in Suzhou with your own local expert guide, the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient pagodas and classic gardens. Choose to visit some of the UNESCO sites such as famous Humble administrator’s garden, Lingering Garden , Master of the Nets garden from different dynasties as well as the local ancient canal streets or ancient city wall ,enjoy a delightful local lunch and get a great overview of the “Ancient Oriental Venice” and “Garden City” with your own guide. Private transportation adds more convenient for the tour.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Suzhou and Tongli Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch

Discovery the charming Suzhou by exploring its enchanting gardens and the bridges and visit one of the UNESCO garden such as Humble Administrator’s garden or Lingering, Temples or museums based on your preferences, afternoon choose to visit Tongli, one of the most authentic ancient water towns without over developed, explore the ancient stone bridges, tranquil canals, Ming and Qing era houses and Tuisi garden with your local guide. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central Suzhou hotel or Suzhou railway station pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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