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It does, however, have considerable old-world charm. Get up early or take an evening stroll, before the crowds arrive or when they begin to thin out, to catch some of Zhōuzhuāng's architectural highlights. The village has 14 stone bridges, dating from the Yuan dynasty through to the Qing.

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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.

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour from Shanghai

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zhouzhuang Water TownTime: 9:30-11:30Zhouzhuang is a town with an ancient culture Southern China. The town is surrounded by water and has many small streams running through the town. Stone bridges and old residences with black tiles and white wells are a feature its charm. Visitors may explore the picturesque narrow canals, little streets, bridges and visit Shen House, Zhang House and eat the local fish or other local delicacies while enjoying the balladeers in the waterside teahouses. The drive from Suzhou passes through fertile farmlands of lakes and canals which are filled with barges and ducks.Shen's House is southeast of Fu'an Bridge on Nanshi Street. Shen Benren built it in 1742. The compound has seven courtyards, five archways, and more than 100 rooms. It covers an area of 2,000 square meters. There is a gate and wharf for mooring boats.Zhang's House is south of the Twin Bridges on Beishi Street. It was built between 1436 and 1449 and covers 1,800 square meters or about half an acre. The house has six courtyards and more than 70 rooms. A square pool was built in the middle section. It is an important historical building.Ye Chucang's Residence: Ye Chucang (1887–1946) was a poet and a statesman. He was known for organizing a group of young people to publicize against gambling and opium and steer people away it. It is on Xiwan Street and has five courtyards. The Main Hall was his studio, and the Rear Hall was a place where he received friends.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zhouzhuang BoatTake a boat to enjoy a leisure journey in Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town is highly recommended. You will see Water Lanes & Stone Bridges, glance at local people's life on the canal. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Jinxi TownTime: 13:00-16:00Compared with other ancient towns in China, Jinxi Ancient Town is simpler, less sophisticated, and quiet. It is a small town (only one square kilometer in area) that has 16 lakes and 238 rivers. The town also has 36 ancient bridges spanning the rivers. The bridges represent various styles and were built during different periods in history.The town has many museums, such as the first museum of antique tiles and bricks in China, the "red porcelain products museum" and the "root caving museum of China." and your guide will take you to see all of them.Besides, Jinxi water town is famous for its picturesque sceneries, it's enjoy history for over 2000 years, and most of the architectures there are still keep its original looks, photo on them would be definitely a "must do" on your travel schedule, you will have sufficient time to taking photos.Duration: 2 hours

$102 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

Experience the picturesque water village of Zhouzhuang on this delightful half day coach tour. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful landscapes, it is often referred to as the number one water village in China. Well-preserved for over 900 years, it is renowned for its elegant and simple architecture. The majority of the town´s residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties; nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways from those periods are still in use. Take in the exquisite ancient architecture of Zhang Hall and Shen Hall, then take a scenic cruise across the old town. With almost a thousand year’s of history, the townspeople people have kept their unique lifestyle as well as exquisite craftsmanship. While shopping in Zhouzhuang, you will find momentos with special meaning. A typical 'south-of-the-Yangtze River' water town, Zhouzhuang abounds in silk, Suzhou embroidery, woven bamboo, and other exquisite handicrafts.After seeing all there is to see of this incredible ancient village, you will return to Shanghai. 

$400 Day Trips & Excursions

Shanghai to Suzhou, Zhouzhuang Private 11-Hour Tour, Transport

Our professional English-speaking guide and experienced driver will meet you at 8:30am in the lobby of your Shanghai hotel . Then you will be transferred to Suzhou to visit Humble Administrator's Garden which covers about 52,000 sq. meters (12.85 acres), is the largest and most renowned. Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the garden has garnered many special honors. It is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site.Then visit the landmark of Suzhou- Tiger Hill, A famous Song Dynasty (960-1279) poet, Su Shi said, 'It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did not visit Tiger Hill.' Visit Suzhou No 1 Silk factory ( optional) to experience Chinese silk culture.  Then drive to No 1 China Water Town - Zhouzhuang which we call China Venice and where you can experience Chinese style "ancient stone bridges, running water and local families houses" .  At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your Shanghai hotel around 7pm to 8pm.

$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.

$144 Day Trips & Excursions

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang One Day Tour from Shanghai

Meet your guide and group at meeting point in the morning, and start your full day tour to beautiful Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai.Firstly, you will visit the Master of Net’s Garden, which is the famous garden survived from the Song Dynasty. Then continue to visit Panmen and ancient city wall.After lunch stop over the silk mill where you can learn the whole process of silk breeding to cocoon weaving. In the afternoon, drive to Zhouzhuang which is well known for its peaceful environment and old architectures. A boat ride is highly recommended (at your own cost), which is the most relaxing way to experience this water village! After tour is finished, you will be transferred back to Shanghai city.Mater of the Nets GardenIt was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minister of the Southern Song Dynasty government.The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.Panmen Ancient City Wall &The Grand CanalThe last city wall with two gates which is well protected: Weng Gate and Water Gate. It was built in 514 BC.It is more than 2500 years old till now.The Grand Canal from Beijing to Hang Zhou is the longest and oldest canal in the world. It helps a lot with of the development of economy and culture and communication between south china and north china which is as famous as The Great Wall.Silk MillSilk is a natural protein fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles which is reputed to be” the queen of fabrics”. China is the hometown of silk and it is popular for light, lustrous and durable.Zhouzhuang Water VillageZhouzhuang is Located in Jiangsu Province. it is a popular tourist destination and one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. It has been called the "Venice of the East".Zhang HallBuilt by Xu's family in the Zhengtong era (1436–1449) of the Ming Dynasty and bought by Zhang's family in the early Qing Dynasty. Zhang House is a dapper and graceful residential house; has a tranquil courtyard and pond. Deep halls all represent the life of the quondam owner.Double BridgeThe Twin Bridges, which comprise of Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge, are the most famous and are considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. Built in the Wanli era (1573–1619) of the Ming Dynasty. The Twin Bridges look like an old-style Chinese key.