Welcome to Jiangsu

Tourists descend on Sūzhōu all four seasons of the year, but kick-start your day early, go slightly off the main streets, and you’ll see the old-world charm and have the place to yourself. In the lovely provincial capital and university town of Nánjīng there’s a lot that remains relatively undiscovered by outsiders: Ming dynasty heritage, leafy boulevards, superb museums and some fantastic restaurants.

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$67 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tongli Private Tour from Suzhou

Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Suzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Suzhou city. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.Your day starts at the Retreat and Reflection Garden, a traditional Suzhou-style garden. Built in 1885, it joined Suzhou's other classical gardens in 2001 in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In spite of the garden's similarities to other standard Suzhou-style layouts, the east-west axis is unique for the region. Your private guide will accompany you along the way, introducing the varied and unique features. Next, you will visit Luo Xingzhou, a small island town at the heart of Tongli Lake. Regal housing and gardens and ancient bridges and walkways merge to create a magical isle. Cruise the tranquil waters in a traditional wooden boat, taking in the river's vistas before wandering the island town. Break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant (own expense). After lunch, visit Chongben Hall to view its intricate collection of wood carvings inspired by the folklore of the Yangtze River Delta. You will also walk around Jiayin Hall, a traditional mansion constructed in 1912. Scattered with engravings depicting "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", a seminal Chinese novel, the complexity and precision of the craftsmanship and carvings in this mansion are simply astounding.The Pearl Tower tells a tale of Tongli's ancient past, a fascinating story of a man named Fang who through various trials and tribulations eventually received the tower. Riddled with old relics, the structure exudes classical Suzhou architectural flair and overlooks traditional gardens. Climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views from atop. After that, move on to the next tourist spot –The Three Bridges. Tongli has more than 50 bridges, however the three most popular are the Taiping, Jili, and Changqing bridges. When celebrating milestones such as births, weddings or birthdays, locals will cross the bridges and pray for health, happiness, and future prosperity. As you walk the bridges, your guide will explain their folklores while you take in the scenery.End your private tour with a drive back to your hotel or the Suzhou railway station.

$76 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Suzhou in One Day with Grand Canal Cruise

Your private guide will pick you up from your Suzhou hotel at 9am. Your first stop is the Grand Canal, the world's longest manmade waterway and one of ancient China's greatest engineering projects. Relax in a wooden boat as you cruise down scenic byways and soak up the atmosphere of the old town.From here, it's a short drive to Panmen Gate. This grand two-storey gate, surrounded by landscaped gardens and ancient monuments, once formed part of Suzhou's ancient city wall and still offers stunning views across Suzhou, old and new. Head into the heart of the old city for your next excursion, a rickshaw tour around Pingjiang Road and surroundings. You'll pass the vegetable market, unpolished streets, and narrow canals, and see locals going about their everyday business. Lunch is at your own expense but your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants where you can enjoy classics of Suzhou cuisine, from dumplings to sweet and sour fish. Your last stop is an authentic Suzhou teahouse where you'll discover the city's most celebrated art-form: pingtan. A hybrid of ballad-singing, story-telling, and comic opera, it's performed in Suzhou dialect and accompanied by traditional musical instruments. Savor Chinese tea as you enjoy the performance and its timeless melodies.From here, you'll drive back to your hotel, arriving around 5pm.

$107.50 Private & Custom Tours

Private Day Tour: Nanjing City Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Local expert tour guide will pick you up from your Nanjing hotel lobby or Railway Station (Nanjing Railway Station or South Railway Station) at approx. 8:30 am, accompany you to start highlight day trip in Nanjing. Your will firstly come to visit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum. With deep historical significance, magnificent architecture and beautiful scenery, it is a must see when visiting Nanjing. Follow your guide to learn about the life of this great Chinese revolutionist. Move on to visit the Confucius Temple, also named Fuzimiao in Chinese, it is a place to worship and consecrate Confucius. The beautiful Qinhuai River and bustling commercial streets nearby will make your trip more memorable. After lunch, proceed to visit the Nanjing Municipal Museum. Located inside Chaotian Palace, this is a comprehensive museum of history and art. View the Chinese ancient palace buildings of Chaotian Gong and explore the history and culture in the museum. Then see China’s the biggest castle-style city gate of Zhonghua Gate, it is a precious cultural relic, a significant place in China's military and architectural traditions. After the full day trip, the guide will drop you off at your hotel or Railway Station as per your request. Please indicate your preferred location while booking.

$78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Suzhou Day Trip: Zhouzhuang Water Town and Pingjiang Road

Your private guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your Suzhou hotel by 9am: it's about an hour's drive to Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China.The Chinese value Zhouzhuang for its cultural heritage, ancient residential buildings, elegant watery views, and colorful local traditions and customs. Enjoy dazzling views of antique stone houses reflected in tranquil waters as you stroll its historic streets with your guide, and capture shots of vistas including the Twin Bridges, Shide and Yongan.Lunch is at your own expense, but your guide can recommend restaurants and local specialties and help you navigate the menu in either Zhouzhuang or Suzhou.Once you've returned to Suzhou, you'll visit Pingjiang Road, which ambles beside a narrow canal. Accompanied by your guide, enjoy a rickshaw tour of the quarter that surrounds it. You'll pass through a vegetable market, historic streets, and traditional buildings and see locals going about their business as your guide explains the role that canals played in Suzhou's history. Finally, you'll drive back to your hotel, returning around 5pm.

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Suzhou Private Tour: Master of Nets, Grand Canal, Panmen Gate

In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby. Sit back and relax yourself in a vintage wooden boat rowing along the Grand Canal, one of three greatest projects in ancient China. Then, go on to visit another historical landmark in Suzhou, Panmen Gate. The grand gate is part of the ancient city wall (built in 514 B.C.). Stand on top of the gate tower and take in the enchanting view of the whole old town of Suzhou. Next, you will be transferred to visit Master of Nets Garden, which is one of the four most prominent gardens in Suzhou. Built in 1174, it occupies an area of approximately 72,118 square feet (6,700 square meters) today. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your Suzhou hotel.

$31 Cultural & Theme Tours

Suzhou Master of Nets Garden Night Tour with Traditional Music

Meet your guide at 7:30 pm at the ticket office of the Master of Nets Garden in Suzhou. English address: Dai Cheng Qiao Road, No. 11 Kuo Jia Tou Xiang Chinese address: 网师园, 沧浪区带城桥路阔家头巷11号 Seated in a small alley, the 800 years-old Song Dynasty Master of Nets Garden ranks among Suzhou gardens as one of the smallest in size. Yet the reputation of the garden, with its unrivalled aesthetical and architectural excellence, goes far beyond its physical scale. When the night falls, with yellowy lights and scarlet palaces lanterns outlining the pavilions and platforms, visitors can stroll around the garden to enjoy traditional musical entertainments of Kun Opera, Suzhou Opera, Pingtan (a form of storytelling and ballad singing in Suzhou dialect), Guzheng (a Chinese zither), bamboo flutes of Di and Xiao, and other forms of folk music and dances, which are all performed by professionals in traditional costumes of generous local styles. Highly recommended by China National Tourism Administration, the evening musical entertainment at the Master of Nets Garden provides an authentic link to the rich and vibrant culture of the Yangtze River Delta. After the tour you may go back to your hotel by yourself, or if you wish, there is an option round way transfer service from your hotel in Suzhou city centre so you won’t have to worry about anything except enjoying this activity.