• Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Sunil D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great tour, very special to visit this village. Just don't mind the tourist-traps!

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour , a long day , brilliant driver negotiating Shanghai Ttraffic....large wide choiced lunch...with the hi lite being the Water Village. Earlier we had been to the Masters Garden....each of these transformed from the reality of Shanghais 25 million people. I was very impressed with this tour including pickup/drop off at my hotel...an 11 hour return trip....nice pace was kept....Excellent Tour

Helen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Beautiful! Both Suzhou and Zhouzhuang are both worth seeing and a complete contrast to the busy city of Shanghai. There is lots of travelling by bus/minivan involved as they are quite some distance outside of the city but well worth it. The tour guide contacted us the day before to confirm our pick up time, she was very friendly and was very knowledgeable at both locations. Would highly recommend.

Wai Ping W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was a all day tour. Lunch was delicious. I love the Water Village. Both the cruise and shopping were excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a wonderful tour and our tour guide, Frank, has a tremendous amount of knowledge. He really made the experience enjoyable. All the stops were fabulous, especially Zhouzhuang. The gondola ride and walk through the town made it all worth while. The silk factory was very interesting and well worth the stop. I would recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

An awesome tour

roy.beveridge United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Exactly as described
Great day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was nice. We change the date of the tour because of the weather risks on the day i wanted to go.I was glad they did, because it was an amazing tour.The weather was splendid, and the guide was nice


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

In Suzhou we went thru I beautiful garden, I can only imagine that it is 10 times better when the flowers were blooming. But even in the cold winter it was wonderful to see. Next we went to Silk factory we was very informational on making silk and the products that come from the silk. Lastly we visited the the beautiful water village of Zhouzhuang, I wish we had more time and it was not raining because it was so quaint and beautiful to look at and see what was around the next corner. Frank, the tour guide was very knowledgable about the area's and went out of his was to make it a great day.

Ellen d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was awesome. Our tour guide was an expert in languages and his background knowledge was astonishing. Amazing background information about all the sights. The village itself it cute but very touristy, like most attractions in China. I still recommend going!Thanks for the great day!

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