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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) Tours

Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan)
One of the four most famous classical gardens of Suzhou, the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) has World Heritage status and also showcases two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts: Pingtan and Guqin music. The garden makes fantastic use of space, with a harmonious layout of temples, statues, rockeries, halls, bridges, and ponds.

Covering almost six acres, the garden is divided into four areas: the east, west, central, and north sections, all of which are connected via a half-mile (700-meter) corridor featuring calligraphy carved into its stone walls. The central area features many buildings surrounding a pond and grotto, while the east garden includes a miniature mountain modeled after Tiantai Mountain, as well as the Celestial Hall of Five Peaks, the largest hall in the garden. The west section is mostly natural, with a large rockery built during the Ming Dynasty, while the north garden, once used to grow vegetables, now showcases a range of potted plants.

Popular among families, the Lingering Garden is often visited on day trips from Shanghai that also include other famous classical gardens in Suzhou. It's common to combine a trip here with visits to the famous water towns of Zhouzhuang and Tongli, but other options include visits to Shantang Old Street and Tiger Hill. For a unique day out, book a Suzhou culture and art tour, which includes a Suzhou opera performance at the Master of Nets Garden.

Insider Tip: There are many classical gardens in Suzhou. Aside from the Lingering Garden, you shouldn't miss the Humble Administrator's Garden or Lion Grove Garden.

Practical Info

Suzhou is located about 62 miles (100 km) west of Shanghai and is connected by high-speed train. Some tours include the high-speed train, while others use road transport. Suzhou can also be reached by bus; take Tourist Bus No. 1 and alight at the Liuyan stop.
Address: 338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Eastern China 215004, China
Hours: Daily 7:30am–5pm
Admission: CNY 45–55
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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.
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Cultural Tours

All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch

Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groves at the Lingering Garden. Learn more about Chinese history in Panmen Gate, take a pleasant stroll down Pinjiang Historic Street and enjoy a leisure boat cruise on Grand Canal. A culture visit to see how the silk produced is also included!
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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 Zhouzhuang ,rated as National 5A attractions and also known as the China No. 1 water town, explore the ancient stone bridges, tranquil canals, and Ming and Qing era residences with your local expert guide. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with central Suzhou hotel or Suzhou railway station pickup and drop-off included.
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Custom Private Tours

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Explore beautiful Suzhou and the famous water village Zhouzhuang in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street or others. In addition, enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village and experience the local culture.
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Independent Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Tongli water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the tranquil water village Tongli and beautiful Tuisi Garden at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road, Tiger Hill and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village if you like.
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Independent Tour of Suzhou from Shanghai

Explore the historic water town of Suzhou on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Suzhou and stroll around the houses, ponds, and pathways of the UNESCO-designated Humble Administrator’s Garden. Enjoy a boat trip on the old Grand Canal, marvel at the history of Panmen Gate, and hop in a private rickshaw for a ride along picturesque Pingjiang Road.
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Private Day Trips

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Suzhou Private Customized Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Rather than struggling to plan your own itinerary, make the most of Suzhou on a private full-day tour. It's the perfect introduction for first-time China visitors. Just pick three or four attractions, perhaps a classical garden of Suzhou, the boat ride on the ancient canals, a Buddhist pagoda, the Suzhou museum or local opera, and design your dream day out. Entrance fees are at your own expense, upgrade to tour with first class train ticket at time of booking.
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Day Trips

Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Spare yourself the challenge of negotiating with boatmen and rickshaw drivers, and let your private guide do the heavy lifting on this classic Suzhou tour. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you tour the Lingering Garden and enjoy a private cruise down the Grand Canal. After a rickshaw ride, explore Shantang Street and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill before your private driver drops you back.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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Full-day Tours

Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

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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Multi-day Tours

Private 2-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Trip by High Speed Train from Beijing

Travel by train from Beijing to Shanghai for a two-day introduction to Shanghai’s dynamic urban life and the Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Your private guide takes you to Shanghai’s top attractions including Yu Gardens and Bazaar, the Bund, the French Concession, Huangpu River and the fashionable Xintiandi district. Then head out to the town of Suzhou to visit the Garden of Humble Administrator, one of the largest of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Walk through the picturesque town before returning by evening train to Beijing.
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Make the most of your limited time in Suzhou, and see more of the city in less time, when you book this convenient, half-day tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and set off with just a private guide for company. In the space of just a few hours, you’ll discover top city highlights like the UNESCO-listed Humble Administrator’s Garden, the lofty Tiger Hall, the historical Panmen Gate, and more. On this flexible, customizable tour, you can also go for a boat trip down the Grand Canal.
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Lingering Garden and Tongli Water Town

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Custom Private Tours

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Private Suzhou Classic 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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Day Trips

Shanghai Getaway: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip

Depart Shanghai for a full-day tour that visits Suzhou’s gardens and Zhouzhuang water village. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, crafted during the 11th to 19th centuries, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their impressive Chinese gardens. See masterpieces such as Lingering Garden during your tour. After lunch and a stop at a silk factory, head to the water village of Zhouzhuang to tour the ‘Venice of the East,’ including stops at Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

Spare yourself the language challenges of taxis or public transport and experience Suzhou the way it’s meant to be experienced—with a private guide and driver. Soak up this ancient city’s classical beauty as you tour the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Besides pickup and drop-off to your hotel or the railway station, your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch.
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Full-day Tours

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Town Day Trip from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Visit the famous attractions Zhouzhuang Water Town, The Lingering Garden and Pingjiang Road. A fantastic Bullet Train Experience are inclusive.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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Suzhou and Tongli Water Village Private Day Tour with Lunch

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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours

Literary, Art & Music Tours

Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Noted as "The City of Garden", Suzhou gardens save lots information of history, culture, ideology and science, extremely deep and wide in both material and spiritual contents. Most of Suzhou buildings gather architectural art in south of the River, setting the architecture, garden, carving, painting, poet and industrial arts in one.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Cultural Tours

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Private Full Day Suzhou Zhouzhuang Tour From Shanghai with Chinese Lunch

If Shanghai represents the wealth area of modern China, Suzhou represent that in ancient China. Combining Suzhou city and its suburb area - Zhouzhuang, you may find out the secret of this area's prosperity. 1.Non shopping tour2.No tourist traps3.No hidding fee4.The best use of time5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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