Suzhou Garden & Zhouzhuang Watertown Bus Tour on Group
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Garden & Zhouzhuang Water Village
One-Day Bus Tour with Lunch
Described by Marco Polo as “Heaven on Earth”, explore the
beautifully preserved classical gardens and canals of Suzhou,
which some consider to be a sort of “Chinese Venice”. This tour
makes for a perfect side-trip from Shanghai, as it is less than
a 2-hour drive between cities.
On this one day tour
you will get to see some of the most beautiful and enchanting
areas in all of China, and makes for a perfect getaway from
Shanghai. After being picked up from your hotel we’ll make the
short drive to Suzhou, a city known throughout Asia for its
beautiful canals, rivers, and heavenly gardens. After exploring
Suzhou’s gardens we’ll go to Zhouzhuang, a delightful river town
that is sometimes compared to Venice. Built along the Great
Canal that links Beijing to Hangzhou,
Zhouzhuang is China’s
first and best river town.
On this full day tour you will have a chance to go to the most
beautiful and first of the Chinese water townships, Zhouzhuang.
As the town is filled with river and canals, it gives Zhouzhuang
a simple, vivacious and bright quiet. The ancient town, which
has a history of more than 900 years, still keeps intact the
original ancient water village’s style and pattern.
Lunch is included!
At about 8:00AM your English-speaking
guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. From
there we’ll make the two hour drive to the city of
is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on
the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China.
The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges,
pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have
contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction. It
is widely known as the “Chinese Venice”.
Our first point of interest in Suzhou
will be the Lingering Garden. Liuyuan, or
Lingering Garden, was first
built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was rebuilt by a
Qing official. Its Taihu Lake rocks boost its reputation
both at home and abroad. The core of the two-hectare
garden is a pond, with hills to the
northwest and buildings to the southeast responsible for a
good many of the contrasting effects. The eastern section
features mainly halls and courtyards. The imposing
Wufengxian (Five-Peak immortals) Hall is the largest hall of
all the Suzhou
gardens. The western section is dotted with
vegetation whereas the northern section is reminiscent of a
Also known as the “land of
has long been famed as China leading center of
silk producing and manufacturing,
and even hosts a silk festival every
year. You’ll get to learn more about Suzhou’s major legacy
by visiting the Silk Museum. The museum documents the
history of silk production and Silk embroidery from around
2000 BC. Exhibits include old looms with demonstrations,
samples of ancient silk patterns, and an explanation of
sericulture. Of major note is a room full of live silk
worms, eating mulberry leaves and spinning cocoons.
Following lunch at a local restaurant
we’ll make the two hour drive to the water village of
Zhouzhuang. This ancient town has a history of more than 900
years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing
Dynasties. With lakes on four sides, the beauty of
is to be found along the waterside lanes and around a number
of the stone bridges. A different vista at every turn can be
found here. Besides taking in the beautiful scenery of
canals, there is much to see. We’ll see the Zhenfeng Bridge,
which sits on the west mouth of the Zhongshi River, and
connects the Zhenfeng Lane and Xiwan Street. It was built in
the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and is well preserved today.
Another highlight is the Fu’an Bridge, which is located at
the east end of Zhongshi Street, crossing the Nanbeishi
River and leading to Nanbeishi Street. The bridge was built
in 1355, and later rebuilt by Shen Wansi, younger brother of
Shen Wansan. There are towers on all four corners. To cap
off your time in Zhouzhuang we’ll
take a little cruise through the town, allowing you to see
why many consider Zhouzhuang to be
the most beautiful of all China’s water townships.
After sightseeing in Zhouzhuang we’ll
drive back to Shanghai, where we should arrive back at your
hotel by 6PM.
1. Professional local guide
2. Private air-conditioned
car or van for transportation;
3. General admissions
1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs