Location: Shanghai, China
Rating: based on 67 reviews
Visit two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on a day tour from Shanghai. You’ll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in these unique old towns. Visit Suzhou’s magnificent gardens, feast on a Chinese lunch and travel through Zhouzhuang’s waterways on a Chinese-style gondola.
Day trip (destination A to B)
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
All entrance fees included
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Founded in around 600 B.C., Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin and is known for its beautiful gardens. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred to as the Venice of the East . Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact.
Upon arrival in Suzhou, your first stop is the Net Master Garden, the town’s best example of a model Ming Dynasty garden. The gardens embody the harmonious principles of Chinese garden construction, which dictate that gardens should re-create a microcosm of the universe in a confined space.
After enjoying Suzhou’s gardens, you’ll view the town’s ancient city wall and Grand Canal. You’ll also take a tour of a silk-spinning factory to see how Chinese silk has been produced since the 14th century.
After lunch, it’s time to visit the water village of Zhouzhuang and board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise the town’s beautiful waterways. Zhouzhuang’s simple, well-preserved architecture dates back more than 900 years. The majority of residences were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways are still in use. In this water village, locals live their life on the waterways, continuing to carry out everyday activities on the water, from washing clothes to shopping from vendors in boats.
Departure Point: Tour departs from Shanghai hotels (cruise port pickup not available)
Departure Time: 7:45am – Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick up time. Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Return Details: Returns to original departure point
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The day tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang was better than anticipated. Coming at the end of a jam packed tour of China, I was so excited at the quieter and simplistic tour with Viator. Helen our guide, and her driver, were very capable two people. Our trip was timely and full of content. It was a little doubtful how we would connect, as we registered late as a tour in Shanghai, but I had confidence that contact would be made, and Viator lived up to my expectations. I would highly recommend this side trip both for its beauty and charm. Well worth the day spent outside of Shanghai and thanks to our guide, very personal view of life in China.
Reviewed by: Patricia R