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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Shanghai, China
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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.
  • Visit the two picturesque towns of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang
  • Gondola cruise through the beautiful waterways of Zhouzhuang
  • Stroll through Net Master Garden—a great example of a typical Ming Dynasty garden
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Shanghai hotels
Depart from your Shanghai hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin the scenic journey to Suzhou, an ancient town famed for the beauty of its verdant gardens. Listen as your guide offers informative narration on the town hailed as the Venice of the east, and then disembark your coach to explore the Master-of-Nets Garden.

Marvel at the town’s exquisite example of Ming Dynasty landscaping and admire the harmonious style of Chinese garden construction. Continue to the town’s ancient city wall, reputed to date back to 600 BC, and stroll parallel to the picturesque Grand Canal. Conclude your tour of Suzhou with a visit to its 14th-century silk factory then revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. 

Sated, return to your vehicle to travel to Zhozhuang, a quaint ton thronged with winding waterways and charming structures. Admire the simple, perfectly preserved houses and hear of how the town’s history dates back to the 11th century as you sail the canals in a Chinese-style gondola. 

Relax during the journey back to your Shanghai hotel and bid farewell to your guide and group upon your return.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Master-of-Nets Garden
Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin, founded in about 600 B.C. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as “The Venice of the East”. The gardens embody the harmonious principles of Chinese garden construction, which dictate that gardens should attempt to create a microcosm of the universe in a confined space. Net Master Garden is the best and most celebrated as a model Ming Dynasty Garden in all of Suzhou.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Grand Canal
The Grand Canal starts in Beijing, pass by Suzhou, and ends in Hangzhou. It is over 1,000 kilometers from the North China to South China, which is known as a miracle in the world.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Panmen Gate
Panmen Gate is one of the oldest "ancient city walls" left in Suzhou, with the history over 1000 years. You will have the chance to picture it by Grand Canal.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Suzhou Silk Museum
Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill is world wide known for its silk products, with the Silk Museum in its workshop. It is your chance to purchase the traditional Chinese silk products.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Zhouzhuang Water Town
With the reputation of No. 1 water village in the world, Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture, well preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town’s residences were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use. Boat tour is also included in the water village.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Zhouzhuang Boat
You will visit the water town of Zhouzhuang and board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the waterways of the town. In this water village, locals live life on waterways, still doing everyday activities from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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What is the maximum group size during Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai?
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This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

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  • "This is an excellent day trip if you don't have much time to spare." See review
  • "There is lots of travelling by bus/minivan involved as they are quite some distance outside of the city but well worth it." See review

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Day Out
FarAway291151
, Nov 2019
The attractions were good, but the mini bus should be sent to the wreckers it was small we all had to sit sideways or if you were small legs right into the other chair, plus a bit run down, 5 hours in the van, the guide was average he fell asleep in the first hour of our trip and then on the way home, I gave him a tip and he said it wasn't enough
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Good Overview
LG964
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Tom was excellent. He understood that we had read up on the histories of Suzhou and he added to our knowledge. We enjoyed the Master of Nets Garden which is a UNESCO site, and the water village of Zhouzhuang, where 20,000 people live and sell their wares.
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Fantastic Day out
roynorm91
, Aug 2019
We were picked up at our hotel at exactly he arranged time Meet by a delightful guide Annaliese, On the 29th July my wife & I decided to do Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai. We were picked up at exactly our pre-arranged time and meet by our delightful guide Aleena. We booked a group tour but due to changes became a personal tour, which turned out to be in our favour. Our very informative guide made it a day to remember. Our trip to Suzhou garden and Zhouzhuang village, a walk through the Village, then cruising on a gondola through the beautiful waterways made fun with our singing oars-lady. We then had free time to browse, but we choose to sit in the shade by the canal & watched the gondalas go by, as the temperatures was 36 deg. We then boarded our Coach for a very interesting visit to a silk processing factory then a delicious meal, then an enjoyable ride back to our Hotel, talking to Aleena about her country Aleena's English was excellent and she a delight, and was not imposing in anyway. (.Aleena in Chinese means "Eloquent " ). I would thoroughly recommend this Tour Roy and Jennifer
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Wouldn’t do it again
LosAngelesRobert
, Jul 2019
Only average. Frankly I didn’t find the waterpark to be that charming. The guide kept trying to make comparisons to Venice, Italy - but it’s not even close. Everybody told me how beautiful it was, to me it’s just OK at best. Especially for $135
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Awsome
Irene J
, Jul 2019
Even though it was raining we still enjoyed our trip to "little Venice" - Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village. Also the silk factory was very interesting to see the silk worm to the finished product. Thank you Frank for an enjoyable day.
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Just beautiful!
Guide43123809564
, Jul 2019
I loved by Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day trip. This was a great way to get out of Shanghai city for a full day. Our Vehicle was very comfortable, Frank our guide was wonderful and our group was very small (and lovely!) My highlight was The water village, it was a really special place to visit and looked like it was out of a picture book! I would definitely recommend this tour to get you out of the big city and to experience some village life.
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Water Town in Shanghai
Go579670
, Jun 2019
Frank was our tour guide, and he did a great job explaining the history of the sights, yet the tour did not seemed rushed. The water town in Souzhou was magical from beginning to end. The Chinese Garden was enchanting and quaint. We had a memorable day!
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This tour was interesting and...
1muneca
, Aug 2018
This tour was interesting and Zhouzhuang is really neat place, we even had a gondola operator sing for us. Some walking, but not too much and not too exhausting. Everything was well done. The food was good as well. Good tour and there were few nice things to take pictures of.
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quick trip
annmayan
, Jul 2018
This was a pretty quick trip given that both cities are a bit of a drive from Shanghai and traffic was heavy on a Saturday morning. We only had time to see one place in Suzhou, the Net Master Garden. We stopped to see the old city wall, but there was only time to look at it from the distance. We could have done without the obligatory stop at the silk factory, although a number of people in the group did buy some souvenirs. Zhouzhuang was lovely but very crowded with narrow passages that were packed with people as it was a long week-end in China. The canal ride was pleasant but there wasn't time to see much as we had to head back to Shanghai. It would have been nice to have spent more time looking at the shops. Either city could be a day trip all it's own.
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Unfortunately, I really can't highly...
Bryan M
, Jun 2018
Unfortunately, I really can't highly recommend this tour. I would say Zhouzhuang is most definitely a place to visit, but you can leave Suzhou out of it. We were picked up at 7:30 a.m. and didn't reach Suzhou until almost 11:00. The traffic in Shanghai is crazy and we had to pick up at 3 other hotels before we even headed out of the city. We could have easily taken the Metro to a central meeting point and avoided at least 1.5 hours of sitting in traffic. Suzhou is a city of 10 million people, so another nectic metropolis. The Net Masters garden is nice, but you can visit Yu Garden in Shanghai which is vastly more impressive. The grand canal in Suzhou is also quite nice, but again not worth all the driving. We then got back into the car for another 45 minute drive to Zhouzhuang. Zhouzhuang is absolutely gorgeous and I would have liked to spend much more time there, but we only had an hour as it was time to get back in the car and head back to Shanghai. Also, we gave the tip to Tom the tour guide, but I think we should have split it ourselves between Tom and the driver, who was absolutely fantastic. We assume Tom split it with him - we hope so anyway. We had tossed up between this trip and the bullet train to Hangzhou - we definitely regretted our choice.

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