Founded more than 2,500 years ago, Suzhou boasts its history and has ushered in the Wu culture that has defined the water-based personalities of the whole Yangtze Delta, particularly around the Taihu Lake: elegant, refined, delicate and ingenious. This tour simply encompasses the cultural and historical centerpieces of Suzhou with no touch on any silk or the like's shopping. You will get a thorough experience of the charming Suzhou purely through a garden, a street, a temple and a pagoda.
At 8:00 am, you get picked up by your friendly private guide at your hotel or residence in Shanghai city. Then, head for Suzhou on a 1.5 to 2 hour car ride depending on traffic. In Suzhou, you will visit a classical private garden first called the Master of the Net's Garden, one of the four most famous gardens of Suzhou, the capital of Chinese private gardens. Then walk along Pingjiang Old Street, a resurgence of old canal street. After lunch with fine local food, the afternoon time will be spent in seeing a tranquil and archaic Buddhist temple, West Garden Temple, for a soul's retreat and finally paying homage to the most significant structure of Suzhou, the leaning Rock Cloud Temple Pagoda, in a magic mound called Tiger Hill, a must-visit for personages throughout the history since over 25 centuries ago. Around 5:00pm, you will be transferred back to Shanghai city.