Discover the essence of Suzhou, a ‘slowness’ haven rich in traditions and practices that formed the bedrock of China’s ancient culture. Over two days enjoy the chance to gain insight into the beauty of Suzhou found in its many idyllic and scenic gardens, the Master of the Nets and famous Humble Administrator’s Garden both worthy highlights among them. Dubbed Venice of the East, you’ll have a chance to learn why, as you wander the canals, lanes, and alleys of Tongli Water Town. Enjoy the artistic features, architectural values, and exhibitions found at the Suzhou Museum, regarded worldwide as a masterpiece in itself. Inclusive of transfers between sites and an exceptional English speaking guide, this is a lovely way to peak into the heart of beautiful Suzhou. You will leave wanting more!
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|Vehicle||Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver|
|Guide Service & Language||Professional English-speaking guide|
Today’s adventure begins with a morning departure from your hotel in Suzhou when your guide collects you from the hotel lobby. The first stop is one of the most renowned and spectacular gardens in China, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in downtown Suzhou. Allow yourself time to reflect and feel at peace in this classically designed private garden. Wander through the picturesque landscape in which traditional architecture, hills, lawns, flowers and meandering streams harmonize the natural and build environment in poetic elegance. A contrast in style and history, enjoy the artistic features and architectural values of the Suzhou Museum, which houses the new building designed by world famous architect I. M. Pei, responsible for designing the Louvre Pyramid. It’s here that you will also find the historic site of Prince Zhong’s Mansion of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The relics found here are reflective of the ancient collections, in particular of the Ming and Qing Dynasties’ paintings and aircrafts. Wander around the garden style museum, enjoying the opportunity to gain a sense of the historic and cultural significance of Su style gardens. Awe-inspiring scenery will have you reaching for your camera. Further on, visit the Master of the Nets Garden, a charming, classical garden of exquisitely laid out pavilions, rockeries, corridors, bridges and ponds, all designed in breathtaking harmony. Traditional dwellings here date back to the Southern Song Dynasty in 1174. A highlight of today’s tour is the opportunity for a half hour calligraphy class. Learn how this traditional craft forms part of China’s history and how it is preserved today. At the end of the day’s activities, you will be returned to your hotel.
Meals included: None
Note: Due to the closure of Suzhou Museum on Mondays, your guide may make some adjustments of your itinerary if your travel falls on this day.
Note: Your guide will confirm the hotel pick up time in advance.
Leave your hotel in the morning to start today’s tour with exploration of Tiger Hill, a large park located on the hill and steeped in legend and incredibly beautiful scenery. A particular feature is the leaning Tiger Hill Pagoda set in extensive gardens, trees and lawns scattered with antiquated pavilions and stoneware. Learn from your guide how the beauty and tranquility of the park belie its history. Get a taste of the Jiangnan water town by visiting Tongli Water Town. It has become renowned for its well preserved old buildings, private gardens, temples and traditional dwellings. The town’s location, surrounded by five lakes, makes for charming water scenes and tranquil atmosphere. Feel free to wander the flagstone streets, or stop in at a simple teahouse for a cup of tea as you enjoy local melodies. Transfer back to your hotel in Suzhou, or train station for your departure to the next destination.
Meals included: None
Note: Transfer service between Shanghai airport and Suzhou can be arranged in advance on request. Additional fees apply.
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Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified
- Activities specified in the itinerary
- Excellent professional English speaking guide
- Ground transport in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver as specified
- Travel agency liability insurance during the tour
- Government taxes and fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to/from Suzhou
- Hotel accommodation
- China visa
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of personal nature
- Meals: Meals are excluded allowing you flexibility around meal choices. Your guide is able to make recommendations and order for you, if required.
- Boat ride at Tongli Water Town
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to protect for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule!
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).