Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Beijing

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In addition to its stunning gardens and flowing canal, Suzhou has been at the centre of China' illustrious silk trade for centuries. Suzhou is the silk capital of the world. Book this tour, you'll get to not only delve into the ancient techniques and fine crafts of Suzhou's most famous export, but browse the process of how silk is processed from worm to the final product and the authentic handmade embroidery, especially the significance of it's design.
Pick up service can ba arranged at your Suzhou downtown hotel or Suzhou train station with optional morning or afternonn start.First go to Suzhou Silk Museum. Suzhou Museum has been a highly-regarded regional museum with a number of significant Chinese cultural relics. The new Suzhou museum designed by world famous architect I.M.Pei was completed in October 2006, covering over 10,700 square meter and located at the cross of Dongbei Street and Qimen Road. Not only does the museum become a monumental design building in Suzhou, but also a significant construction, merging the traditional Chinese architectural design with the future. It enhances the protection of Suzhou cultural heritages, and enables Suzhou Museum to turn on a new page.The building is a dramatic fusion of traditional and modern architectural styles and houses over 30000 objects, most notably excavated artifacts, Ming and Qing Dynasty paintings and calligraphy, and ancient arts and crafts.Then move to Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill, was built in Suzhou in 1926. It is divided into three parts: the exhibition hall which showsthe history of Suzhou silk and some ancient collections; the working spot, where you can see how the silk is made; and the product exhibition hall, exhibiting the main products of this factory, the silk wadding quilts. The factorygains a good reputation in the silk industry for its complete technical process of silkworm raising, cocoon sorting,cocoon boiling, and silk reeling, rewinding and packing. Suzhou first silk mill provides magic silk production and fashion show the whole process, so as to prove the Chinese silk glorious history. At the same time, it also describes the history of the development of Chinese silk response which further profound Chinese culture.In this factory you can not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some histories of silk in China.Finally move to Guanqian Street, it is a pedestrianized shopping street in Suzhou. The street is located in the Suzhou city centre, an area covering 0.52 square kilometres, the commercial part of the city. After one-century ups and downs, Guanqian Street has been becoming a commercial, cultural, religionary and travel center with rich local color, sound traffic network, perfect infrastructure, rational overall commercial arrangement and excellent investment environment. Besides, the street has been honored as the one of the Four Most Famous Walking Streets in China (other three: Nanjing's Fuzimiao, Shanghai's Cheng Huang Miao and Beijing's Tianqiao).After the tour ends, drive you back to your hotel or train station.

What’s included

  • Railway station pickup and drop-off at Suzhou railway station
  • Bottled water
  • Professional English & Chinese speaking tour guide
  • Private city transfer in Suzhou

What’s not included

  • Gratuities