Classical Gardens of Suzhou Tours

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Classical Gardens of Suzhou
The classical gardens of Suzhou feature some of the most tranquil and pristine landscapes in China. More than 50 gardens dating as far back as the 6th century BC cast a harmonious network of manicured paths, bridges, ponds, and pavilions over much of the historic city of Suzhou. Nine of the gardens are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, their Ming- and Qing-era mastery of Chinese garden architecture and design having attracted world visitors for hundreds of years. The Lingering Garden, famous for its garden hall inlaid with ancient calligraphy, and the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest of the nine, are the best preserved, but also worth visiting are the Master of Nets Garden and Tiger Hill.

You can visit the gardens on a day trip from Shanghai. Most tours include entrance to one or more of the classical gardens, and can also be combined with a trip to nearby attractions, like the Zhouzhuang water village, Tong Li Old Town, or the Silk Museum. If you wish to see the most famous of Suzhou’s gardens in one day, book a private day trip of Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, and Master of Nets Garden.

Practical Info

Suzhou is located approximately 62 miles (100 km) west of Shanghai, and the two cities are connected by high-speed train. Most gardens are open daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm, but hours vary slightly by garden and by season. If not visiting the gardens as part of an organized tour, expect to pay separate admission for each garden.
Address: Suzhou, Eastern China, China
Hours: 7:30am–5:30pm daily
Admission: Varies
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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Visit two of south China’s most celebrated water towns on a private 10-hour trip from Shanghai. Travel to Suzhou to explore its historical canals and bridges, and visit its Humble Administrator’s Garden and one of its silk factories. After lunch (own expense), choose to visit Zhouzhuang or Tongli, two ancient water towns famous for their stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming- and Qing-era houses. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Day Tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village including Humble Administrator's Garden from Shanghai

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou and the water village of Zhouzhuang on a full-day private tour from Shanghai. Visit the gardens of Suzhou (Humble Administrator’s Garden), created from the 11th to 19th centuries and considered masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design. After lunch, cruise the canals of Zhouzhuang aboard a traditional Chinese gondola and admire the Ming- and Qing-era architecture that lines the waterways of the ‘Venice of the East.’ Includes private guide and vehicle, lunch, silk factory stop, and all transportation.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 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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US$89.00
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2-Day Private Tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

Take two days to explore Shanghai and Suzhou with a private guide, starting with a Shanghai sightseeing tour. Visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the World Financial Center for different perspectives on Shanghai. Then travel by train to Suzhou, where you find the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built from the 11th to 19th centuries. Visit two prized gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Master of the Nets, and stroll along Pingjiang Road before returning to Shanghai in the evening.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Day Trip of Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill and Master of Nets Garden from Shanghai

Travel by train from Shanghai to Suzhou to take in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou. The gardens were founded as long ago as the 11th century and represent the pinnacle of classical Chinese garden design. Upon your arrival in Suzhou, your private guide meets you and shows you highlights including Humble Administrator's Garden and Garden of the Masters of the Nets. You’ll also ascend Tiger Hill to see historical sites from the 2,500-year long history of Suzhou.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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8-Day Eastern China Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan

Take in the highlights of eastern China with this epic 8-day tour, accompanied by a private guide and including accommodation, meals and transport. Cruise down the Grand Canal in Suzhou and soak up the scenery of Hangzhou as you visit the famous West Lake, the Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda) and the Longjing Tea Plantation. Then, journey back to ancient China in Huangshan, hike through the surrounding mountains and explore the UNESCO-listed Village Hong.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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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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4-Day Small-Group China Tour: Shanghai and Suzhou

Have time to explore Shanghai and Suzhou on a 4-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by sightseeing in Shanghai at the Shanghai Musuem and Yu Gardens, then continue to the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Spend a full day in Suzhou to enjoy the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two famous spots: the Garden of the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator's Garden, and ascend Tiger Hill before returning to Shanghai for the final evening of your tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Tiger Hill and Gardens

Combine some of Suzhou's top attractions in a single private tour that includes stops at the Master of Nets Garden, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and Tiger Hill. Explore one Tiger Hill's historical attractions, see the region's largest classical Chinese garden at the Humble Administrator's Garden, and stroll through the prominent Master of Nets Garden, listening to enlightening commentary from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Highlights of Suzhou 1 Day Private Tour Including Meals

This tour shows you some very classic and famous scenic spots in Suzhou including Suzhou Museum, Shantang Street ,Lingering garden, Tiger hill,Suzhou Silk Embroidery Institute and Kunqu Opera house.Designed by I. M. Pei, Suzhou Museum appeals to lovers of art, architecture and culture.Tiger Hill has a number of historical sites, some of which can be traced back over 2500 years to the founding of Suzhou.On Tiger Hill, this tour will allow you to learn more knowledge of bonsai and the making. The ancient art of bonsai tree growing is originated in China where there are thousands of magnificent specimens on display at this villa on Tiger Hill. Many of the specimens you will see have been recognized in prestigious bonsai competitions. Lastly, with origins stretching back for more than 2,000 years, Suzhou embroidery is one of the first embroidery styles to be developed in China, yet its detailed needlework and intricate images are still produced today.  
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Classical Gardens of Suzhou Private Tour

See the best of the Classical Gardens of Suzhou on a private full-day tour, designed to delight lovers of Chinese landscapes. Tick off horticultural highlights such as the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tiger Hill, and Master of Nets Garden. Free hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this custom tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$91.00
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Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Lingering in the exquisite classical gardens and wandering along wonderful ancient streets, you will truly appreciate the charm of Suzhou. On this private day trip, you will visit two of Suzhou's gardens, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lion Grove Garden (Shizilin), to enjoy classical Chinese landscaping style, discover rare cultural relics and unique architectures at Suzhou Museum, and stroll along Pingjiang Old Street.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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