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$93 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Meet your private guide and driver at your central Shanghai hotel at 9am, and make the approximately 1.5-hour journey to Suzhou by private, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.Founded in 514 BC, the old town of Suzhou is steeped in 2,500 years of history and serves up many well-preserved relics from the past.Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘Venice of China,’ its canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens all help to make it one of China’s top tourist attractions. The town has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the days of the Song Dynasty, between 960 and 1279.On arrival, pay a visit to one of the four most famous gardens in China: The Humble Administrator’s Garden. The largest in Suzhou and a stunning example of a south-eastern Ming-Dynasty classical garden, this immaculate oasis features Lake Taihu rocks, delicate pavilions, ponds, and lush flowers and trees, including 150 types of Bonsai tree.After exploring here, visit Suzhou’s best-known silk factory, located in the former Japanese concession and housed in what was the Japanese consulate. See the process used to produce China’s famous silk, from the tiny silkworms to the beautiful finished garments.After your morning tour, enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then make an afternoon visit to your choice of one of two ancient water towns: Zhouzhuang or Tongli. Both offer picturesque natural landscapes, classical canals, and wonderful examples of Ming- and Qing-dynasty buildings.If you choose Zhouzhuang — renowned as the first water town in China — take a stroll to soak up its charms and admire its ancient twin bridges. Plus, visit Mr. Shen Wansan’s House, the courtyard residence of a 14th-century tycoon whose wealth inspired the envy of the first of China's Ming emperors.Admire the classical architecture of Shen’s House as you learn about his fascinating life, and take an optional boat trip (own expense) along Zhouzhuang’s beautiful canals.If you choose to visit Tongli, take in its UNESCO-listed Tuisi Garden, one of the most splendid Qing-dynasty gardens in China. Admire the pavilion-dotted garden, see Tongli’s famous ring of three bridges, and enjoy an optional gondola boat ride (own expense) along the serene and pretty canals.Your tour then finishes with a transfer and drop-off back at your hotel in downtown Shanghai.

$139 Day Trips & Excursions

Shanghai to Suzhou and Tongli Water Town: Small-Group Day Tour

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the meeting point. (Our guide will contact you in advance to confirm the pickup time.)First, drive to beautiful Suzhou to enjoy the exquisite Master of the Nets Garden. As one of the four most prominent gardens in Suzhou, the Garden is a typical private house owned by several great Chinese scholars in different dynasties so besides the gorgeous view of the well-designed traditional garden with strange stones, peaceful lakes and beautiful flowers, you will also see stone tablets with these scholars’ poems and articles.Then hop aboard your van and drive to Tongli, a dreamy and picturesque water town famed for its sprawling network of rivers, ancient bridges and house complexes. Stroll along the old residential houses by the water;Afterwards, review your photos or take a nap on the way back to Shanghai hotel.

$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.

$489 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Tour of Suzhou and Tongli Water Town from Shanghai

Your local tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. The travel time from Shanghai to Suzhou may vary from 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on the road traffic. The first stop is Master of Net's Garden, one of the top four gardens, it is the smallest however the oldest. It features its exquisiteness and history. Next, you will visit Xi Yuan Buddhist Temple, it is a temple built in Chinese garden. A photo stop at city wall and city gate will be arranged before lunch.Your guide will recommend you a local dining place for a simple lunch.You will travel to Tongli in early afternoon, it is about 45 mins to 1 hour drive from Suzhou. Tongli water town still preserves the layout of traditional Chinese water town. You will enjoy the peace and tranquility while walking in the town.The tour guide will drop you off at the hotel after getting back to Shanghai. Other centrally located drop-off points are available at your request.Feel free to choose the below attractions to visit to complete this customized tour, as long as the time allows: • Lingering Garden • Humble Administrator`s • Master of Net`s Garden • Lion Grove Garden • Suzhou City Gate and City Wall • XiYuan Buddhist Temple • ShanTang Street • Tiger Hill • Suzhou Silk Factory • Tongli water town

$104 Cultural & Theme Tours

One-Day Suzhou and Tongli Tour from Shanghai

8:30 – 10:30  Let’s Go!Your private tour guide and driver will transfer you from Shanghai to the Humble Administrator Garden in Suzhou. Feel free to ask your tour guide any questions about China. You can also take a rest on the car. 10:30 – 11:40 Humble Administrator GardenKnown as one of the top four ancient gardens in China and a world heritage listed by UNESCO, the Humble Administrator Garden is a must-visit attraction in Suzhou. The plants, pavilions, pools and rockery are the highlights in the garden. Sometimes there may be flower festivals in the garden. Besides, there is a garden museum, where you can learn about the history of ancient Chinese gardens. 11:40 – 12:10 Rickshaw Tour on the Pingjiang RoadHop on a traditional Chinese rickshaw and set off along the Pingjiang Road, a historical site in Suzhou. All old houses on the road were built beside a small river. Some of them are now bars or art shops. You can admire both water town view and art work on your rickshaw. 12:20 – 13:20 Local LunchWe recommended you have lunch in a dumpling restaurant. It is small but the food is delicious. However, feel free to tell us if you have other ideas. 14:10 – 16:30 Tongli Water Town ExplorationAfter 40 minutes’ car ride, you will arrive at Tongli Water Town, the highlights of today’s tour. The Tongli Water Town is smaller compared to other water towns near Shanghai, but its water town view is second to none. It is said walking through the three small bridges in the water town will bring good luck to you. Besides the water town view and culture, the Tuisi Garden is another factor to make Tongli a better option than other water towns, because the garden is a world heritage site. Compared to other ancient gardens in Suzhou, it is smaller but more exquisite. After the tour, you will be transferred to the city of Shanghai, which takes around two hours.

$79.80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tongli Water Village Tour from Shanghai including Boat Ride and Tuisi Garden

Tongli is an aged town located near Suzhou, which is about a hour and half drive outside of Shanghai. This 1000 years old town has only recently been changed into a tourist attraction. The town is characterized by stone bridges and well preserved ancient architecture including private gardens, temples and houses.15 small river lanes crisscrossed the town, over which spans around 49 stone bridges in variety of styles. Bridges are important parts of the town. The most famous bridges among the 49 bridges in Tongli are the three bridges called Taiping (peace), Jili (luck) and Changqing (celebration) bridges, which has been important landmarks of the place and regarded as the sacred architecture by the locals. Whenever there is an important occasion, such as wedding, people would like to walk through the three bridges, which is supposed to bring peace, fortune and happiness in their lives. Buildings well preserved from the Ming and Qing Dynasties standing by the rivers fill the town. The traditional gardens are well worth seeing. The Tuisi Garden makes a good example. The garden was constructed between 1885 and 1887 by an imperial official. In the garden, pavilions, terraces, halls, rockeries, ponds and other elements of the garden were harmoniously integrated together. After 1.5 hour driving, you will arrive and walk along tongli old street and local community  where a lot local familis still lives , a visit to well preserved private garden build in ming dynasty will show you a picture of  delicate life those accent ellite group use to have.  the relaxing boat ride around the town may make the highlight of whole tour with different angel of view Tongli have.you can practice your bargain skill in local shops.