So you’ve been planning a Suzhou highlight tour to visit all of the city’s favourite spots – old waterways, pagodas, the ancient city gate and the UNESCO-listed gardens. Here’s the ticket. With our friendly local guide, you will also witness yourself the authentic local way of living – on a cool rickshaw – discovering the traditional market, twisting lanes, schools, foods, etc. This trip is also fit for travelers seeking for a Suzhou day tour from Shanghai or Hangzhou.

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In the morning, our guide will greet you at your hotel lobby or train station by holding the board with your name. Suzhou is 30 minutes away from Shanghai by bullet train and 1.5 hours from Hangzhou.

And then you will start today’s Suzhou day tour with the biggest classical garden in Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden. It is also regarded as the 4 most famous gardens in China, together with the Summer Palace of Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort of Chengde, and the Lingering Garden of Suzhou. Later, we will have a rickshaw ride to see authentic Suzhou local life. Sitting on the rickshaw, you can have a nice glimpse of the old block. The rickshaw driver will take you through small alleys, and you will pass by ancient constructions, schools, food markets, stone pagodas etc. Have lunch at a local Suzhou restaurant, tour guide will assist you order popular local food, such as squirrel-shaped mandarin fish.

After lunch, we will go ahead to visit Lingering Garden. Covering an area of 2.3 hectares, the Lingering Garden is the best preserved among all the Suzhou classic gardens, and it is also one of the four most famous gardens in China. Like other famous gardens in Suzhou, the Lingering Garden seeks to create stunning natural landscapes within limited space. After the tour at Lingering Garden, transfer to visit Tiger Hill. Different from classical gardens, Tiger Hill is not only a garden, but also a combination of pagodas, temples, bonsai garden, springs and pools. Yunyan Pagoda is one of most famous sites here. The over thousand years old pagoda has seven stories in height and famously leans much like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The other must see sight is the Sword Pool where the King of Wu (He Lu) tested and buried his treasured swords at this site about 2500 years ago.

Thereafter, transfer back and spend the rest of the day in Panmen Scenic Area. It was built on the base of some historical sites by using the architectural structure of classical gardens. Walking onto the top of the gate, you can see the Wu Gate Bridge and the Auspicious Light Pagoda. Together, they are popularly known as the Three Scenes at Panmen Gate. Finish the tour, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel in Suzhou or take you to train station for departure. End of your Suzhou day tour.

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Suzhou Lingering Garden

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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