Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Kunshan, China

From $134.99 USD

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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


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


  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop off in the city center
  • Entry/Admission - Master-of-Nets Garden


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

  • 7:45am

    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

    Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

    Return Details

    Returns to original departure point
    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.
    Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Viator Traveler's Reviews

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    vardit s
    , Sep 2018

    fue un tour increible excelente la guia

    , 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.

    Ann Marie
    , 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.

    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.

    Sunil D
    , May 2018

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

    Johnson L
    , May 2018

    This tour unfortunately did not meet up to my expectations. All my friends told me that I had to do a water village tour, so I saw this one on Viator and decided to book it.

    Our tour guide was Tom, who spoke decent English but that's perhaps the only good thing I can say about him. Tom unfortunately had a tendency to shout at us - while I understand this might have been part of his effort to be articulate, it's not the most pleasant experience when you're with him in a small van. I also found his tour guide skills lacking - you know how on some bad tours your tour leader doesn't say much and there are long stretches of silence? That was how it was with Tom, who had moments where he shared some information but was not really proactive about giving us background and insights into what we were seeing - expect to mostly sit in awkward quiet actually. At times, the only thing he seemed to know what to say was please make sure to have all your belongings, which he emphatically say so many times that I felt like I was being scolded at. On top of that, the lunch place we went to was rather subpar - definitely a spot specifically catered to tourists, and was rather sad looking.

    Save yourself the money and book another tour.

    Ian C
    , Apr 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 11 hour return trip....nice pace was kept....Excellent Tour

    Helen B
    , Apr 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
    , Apr 2018

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

    , Mar 2018

    We went on this Tour on 26th March 2018
    Tour Guide
    The tour guide was informative and pleasant
    The van was very cramped and uncomfortable - lots of bumpy roads, poor driver and no room to stretch legs
    The main downside of this trip was that we were first to be picked up at 0730 we then spent 2 hours going round Shanghai picking up 4 other groups. We were returned to our hotel at 8pm in the evening as we were the first on we were also the last off. So 12.5 hours in a cramped uncomfortable van was not my idea of fun.
    The trip to Suzhou and Zhounzhuang Water Village was very good and if you were lucky enough to be last one and first off the day would not have been too arduous.

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