This full day tour will give you an opportunity to see a rural setting as well as a different urban setting to what you saw in Shanghai. It will take you to visit one of the most beautiful gardens in China-Humble Administrator’s Garden.
What to Expect
Known as the Venice of the East and China’s garden city, Suzhou is a city steeped in history and natural beauty. Located on the shores of Taihu, one of the largest freshwater lakes in China, and just south of the mighty Yangtze River, Suzhou is reknown for its waterside architecture, with many areas still preserving the network of canals and waterways that used to crisscross the city. However Suzhou’s greatest claim to fame, more so than its canals, is its classical gardens. These splendid gardens date back to the Ming dynasty and have since been regarded as paragons of Chinese classical garden design.
Meet your guide at your hotel in Shanghai. Your driver will transfer you to Suzhou (1.5-2 hours) to visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden which is located in Suzhou. Covering about 52,000 square metres, it is the largest and most famous of Suzhou’s renowned gardens. Its unique design, ethereal beauty, and enduring cultural significance have seen it proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then you will follow your guide to visit the Silk factory to see the process of making silk products.
You will taste the local cuisine in the restaurant. Then continue your trip to the water town of Zhouzhuang.
At Zhouzhuang you will board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the town's beautiful waterways. Zhouzhuang's simple, well-preserved architecture dates back more than 900 years. The majority of residences were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use. In this water village, locals live their life on the waterways, continuing to carry out everyday activities on the water, from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.
- Transfer with guide to and from hotel in Shanghai city center
- English-speaking guide at all times
- Entrance ticket to the tour site as per the itinerary
- Meal as per the itinerary