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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 winding waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease an appetite for authenticity with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your shanghai hotel on this enriching tour.  


  • Visit the two picturesque towns of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water village
  • Gondola cruise through the beautiful waterways of Zhouzhuang
  • Stroll through the gardens of Net Master, a great example of a typical Ming Dynasty garden
  • See Chinese silk being produced at the silk-spinning factory
  • Chinese style lunch
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Shanghai hotels

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What You Can Expect

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village 1-Day Tour from Shanghai

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 Net Master 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. 

Customer Reviews

Lee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing experience every spot was highly memorable. Beautiful scenery and well planned itinerary. Tour guide and driver kept everything running smoothly.

Marina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing. Just do it.

Walter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I debated between four stars and five stars and finally opted for five because the tour itself was excellent. The only drawback was Shanghai traffic. Our tour guide was very good and attentive to what we needed. She also provided us with great and interesting information about both Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. I would take this tour again.

Margaretha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The water village and The silk Factory wereboth verf Nice. The Guide Spike verf Well English. So we had a Great day and advies everybody to do this excursion with Viator.

Gordon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip. Our tour guide, Frank, made it truly extraordinary and delightful. He was soft spoken, knowledgable, warm, friendly, and really made this trip memorable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Worth the trip to get out of Shanghai and see true chine just 2 hours away from the big city


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

great trip, the guide was lovely, perfect day excursion

Helen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a very enjoyable day out and our guide Tom was knowledgeable and helpful. Both Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water village were beautiful destinations. We visited the master of the nets garden in Suzhou, made in the beautiful traditional Chinese style. The other highlight was the canal trip at Zhouzhuang water village. I thoroughly recommend this trip.

Marina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well planned visit, great guide, great lunch.

Johanna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing and the guide was awesome!

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