Private Suzhou Day Trip from Shanghai including Pingjiang Road and Panmen Gate

Cultural & Theme Tours in Suzhou

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This tour which duration is about 10 hours will show your some very historical and popular attractions in Suzhou. It offers you an opportunity to ascend the highest point of the Ancient City District for the perfect view.Visit the most traditional and well-preserved local community and experience the local life in “Oriental Venice”. Appreciate the magnificence of the ancient wall of Panmen. Get to know the interesting process of silk production and see the best-quality silk products.
In the morning meet your friendly and informative guide in the hotel lobby(downtown only) and transfer to Suzhou.Upon arrival,firstly your guide will take you to the Beisi Pagoda or North Temple Pagoda, having the highest point of the Ancient City District was originally built during the reign of Sun Quan in the 3rd century (in honor of his wet nurse)and is a traditional Chinese pagoda located at Bao'en Temple in Suzhou. The current design of the pagoda structure was made between the years 1131 and 1162 and the base of the pagoda has an octagonal frame, and the tower rises nine stories in a total height of 76 m (249 ft). Its base and outside walls are made of bricks, the balustrades made of stones, and the eaves and banisters encircling the structure are made of wood.Secondly you will be shown around Pingjiang Road which was named after the city name before and 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. The entire historic district covers an area of 0.4 square kilometers and there are 51 smaller alleys intersecting the street. Lunch will be arranged at a local nice restaurant on Pingjiang Road for you to try some local delicious dishes.In the afternoon your guide will take you to the famous scenic spot Panmen,which is known for its three landmarks “Ruiguang Pagoda”, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou built in 247, “ Wu Gate Bridge”, the entrance to the gate at that time over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou at the time, and the unique water-and land gate in China “Pan Gate”. It is a historical landmark in Suzhou and located on the south-west corner of the main canal or encircling canal of Suzhou. Originally built during the Spring and Autumn period in the state of Wu, historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old.Then you will go to visit the No.1 Silk Factory in Suzhou which was originally built in 1926 and is a popular national tourism demonstration site,showing the miraculous silkworm planting, the elegant silk exhibition hall, the rich silk reeling production and the exquisite silk production. At the same time, it also describes the development history of Chinese silk, which further reflects the profound Chinese culture and it has 7000 square meters of silk shopping malls for you to shop around and buy some real silk products.In the end your guide will send you back to Shanghai hotel after all the activities listed in the itinerary.   

What’s included

  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Private vehicle
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • Gratuities