Suzhou Early Bird Tour: Humble Administrator's Garden with Kunqu Opera and Breakfast

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This early morning private tour is designed for tourists who are interested in historical sites,anecdotes,customs,local handicrafts and traditional local life. Have an early entry and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Classical Garden titled “mother of all the gardens on the earth” before it is officially open . Appreciate world-renown Kunqu Opera in the famous garden with selected dim-sum breakfast. Take a boat ride along the canals to explore the well-preserved traditional community with stone bridges and old residences. Scroll along the characteristic old block and take a fan painting lesson with the help of a painting master.
In the morning, meet your tour guide in your Suzhou hotel lobby and transfer to Humble Administrator's Garden,which was built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is one of the four famous gardens in China and it was initially a private garden of a former government servant named Wang Xianchen,who intended to build a garden after retirement and live like a humble administrator - Hence the name of the garden. The garden was created upon the old relics of a resident and a temple. Water is featured throughout the garden along with natural landscapes of small forests, hills ,rock formations and man-made pavilions, halls and parlors.Due to its big name, every day hundreds of thousands of tourists are attracted to visit this wonderful garden,which makes it overcrowded sometimes, but this tour allows us to enter before it's officially open so that we won't get stuck by the crazy crowd, and selected dim-sum breakfast will be served while appreciating Kunqu opera performance,what an enjoyment!After that,we will take a boat ride to Pingjiang Road,which is an ancient canal-side street located in the city of Suzhou and the road and its surroundings have been around for more than 800 years lined with quaint old bookshops, local theaters, and traditional Suzhou houses with whitewashed walls and black tiles and different kind of gifts shops.Off the boat, we will take a walk along the Pingjiang Road with traditional surroundings. Then it will be the time for fan painting,which is one of traditional Chinese artworks with a long history and it originated in the Shang Dynasty and was popular in the Song Dynasty. In the Song and Yuan dynasties, fan paintings became more and more popular and refined. Many of these masterpieces have been handed down and have become an important part of China's cultural and artistic treasure house.End of the tour and back to your hotel. Thanks for being with us!

What’s included

  • Dim-sum breakfast in the Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Meeting point pickup and drop-off
  • Kunqu Opera performance
  • Professional guide
  • Fan painting
  • Boat cruise
  • Insurance
  • Breakfast

What’s not included

  • Gratuities