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Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train

From $90 per person
Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Suzhou Through Local Eyes: Classic Suzhou Day Trip From Shanghai by Bullet Train

Tour Style:
Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip riding on a bullet less than 30 minutes, accompanied by your private guide, visit the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient street, classic Chinese gardens and much more on this private customized day tour to Suzhou. We will book the entrance tickets in advance to escape the crowds, let you jump the queue to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable.

Duration: 9-10 hours

Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Shantang Street

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your requirements in your inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash,Wire,Paypal,WesternUnion, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)


Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou From Shanghai by Bullet Train
  • Today's Activities: the Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Shantang Street
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

To embody our company ethos of "travel like a local," we meticulously arrange for your round-trip high-speed train tickets to Suzhou online, ensuring you blend seamlessly into the local fabric from the moment you embark. This streamlined process allows for effortless ticket collection at the train station's ticket office—simply present your passport and feel the ease of local living. For transfers in Shanghai, we encourage the use of subway lines or taxis, immersing you in the city's rhythm and providing a glimpse into the daily commute of its residents. Upon arriving in Suzhou, a professional, multilingual guide, embodying the spirit of local expertise and hospitality, awaits to share the city's stories, secrets, and nuances, deepening your connection to each site visited. Accompanied by our skilled driver, you'll navigate the streets in a well-maintained vehicle, ensuring a journey that's not only safe but also authentically integrated into the local way of life. (We can arrange Shanghai guide accompany you to Suzhou as well, but the local guides know their city better, can offer you the authentic and unforgettable tour experience.)

Shanghai train station, depending on your preference. Look out for the distinctive "Your Way Holiday" welcome sign. The day's itinerary unfolds with a curated selection of attractions and activities that showcase the best of Shanghai. Get ready for a memorable exploration of this vibrant city.

Your Way Holiday In Shanghai

Your immersive "Your Way Holiday" experience in Suzhou unfolds as follows:


Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Humble Administrator's Garden, a pinnacle of classical Chinese garden design and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This visit is curated to transcend the usual tourist experience, guiding you through a labyrinth of natural beauty, architectural finesse, and philosophical depth. Your guide, a conduit to the past, unravels the intricate tapestry of stories and symbolism that adorn each rockery, pond, and pavilion, offering a profound understanding of Chinese aesthetics and the ancient ethos of harmony with nature. This garden, a living museum, invites you to experience the Ming and Qing dynasties' legacy through a local's eyes, appreciating the subtleties of design and the timeless narratives embedded in its landscapes.

Humble-Administrator's-Gardenthe-Humble -Administrator's-Garden


Delve into the heart of Suzhou's culinary tradition with a lunch that promises an authentic taste of the city. Guided by your local expert, you'll explore the delicate flavors and refined techniques that define Suzhou cuisine. This meal is more than sustenance; it's a journey into the soul of the city, offering insights into the local lifestyle and the historical influences that shape its dishes. Embrace the opportunity to "travel like a local" by engaging with the stories behind each dish, understanding the cultural significance and artisanal skills that contribute to Suzhou's gastronomic identity.


The exploration continues at Tiger Hill, a testament to Suzhou's rich tapestry of history and nature. Here, the essence of "travel like a local" is felt through the intimate tales and legends shared by your guide, connecting you to the ancient spirits that still roam its paths. The leaning Yunyan Pagoda stands not just as an architectural wonder but as a beacon of local lore and tradition, inviting you to ponder the mysteries and craftsmanship of bygone eras.


Stroll down Shantang Street, where history breathes life into the present. This vibrant artery of Suzhou is a celebration of the city's enduring charm, offering a sensory feast of sights, sounds, and tastes. Your guide, bridging past and present, unveils the cultural and historical layers that make this street a living museum. Engage with local artisans, savor street food, and navigate the canals, experiencing Suzhou's "Venice of the East" moniker firsthand.


After the tour ends, drive you to the train station and you return to Shanghai. When you arrived in Shanghai, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement).

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Price Includes

1. Cozy Ride: Enjoy the comfort and
    spaciousness of our air-conditioned car,
    offering scenic views.
2. Bilingual Expert Guide: Benefit from a
    personalized experience with a guide fluent
    in your language, catering to your needs.
3. Entrance Fees: Access to all attractions
    and activities mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Seamless Transfer: Enhance your experience
   with convenient hotel or train station pickup
   and drop-off service.
5. Connect Seamlessly: Stay connected with
   complimentary onboard WiFi, allowing you to
   share your experiences in real-time.
6. Complimentary Water: Receive a bottle of
    water for each person.

Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Kate Isaacs
Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Alex and our nice driver, Lee, picked us up at our hotel and to us to the train station. Then, Alex bought us tickets for our high-speed train ride to Suzhou. The process and finding our train and seats reminded us so much of European trains and stations...very user-friendly. Our train ride was very smooth and amazingly quick, only 25 minutes. Alex explained that Suzhou is a “baby” city, only 10 million people! It really didn’t feel big at all. Just like Shanghai, it is very clean. Our driver, a new local driver, picked us up and took us to a gardens area first. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We also took a gondola ride down one of the canals as a wonderful lady sang traditional Chinese songs. It felt like we were transported to a different time. We walked through the old area and then our driver picked us up and took us to a wonderful restaurant where we tasted traditional Chinese cuisine and also local favorites. Alex was great about teaching us about the history and traditions of the food and the area. We then toured a silk factory and we were so amazed about this tradition. We got to hold the silk worms, pull the silk and we saw all the amazing end results in their stores. So amazing. Before boarding our train, we made one last stop to a Buddhist Temple. The peace and calm we felt there was mesmerizing. Our train ride back was equally as smooth. Our Shanghai driver Lee picked us back up and took us to our hotel. What an amazing day that wouldn’t be anything without Alex. We are so grateful to her for our experience, his knowledge and kindness. Thank you Alex! We will see you again!

Carol Pakula
Reviewed on 21 May 2020

We had an absolutely amazing day with Alex. The gardens were not crowded at all so we had a very peaceful walk , enjoying Alex’s explanations behind the symbolism and design of the gardens. We then had a lovely peaceful boat ride through the canals and then visited a silk factory followed by traditional Suzhou lunch and then walk through the old streets. Afterwards Alex also helped us with picking up our train tickets for our Shanghai to Shenzhen train trip later in the week. We really enjoyed this day trip with Alex as our guide, very informative, organised and not rushed at all. highly recommend it.

Suzanne Crompton
Reviewed on 21 May 2020

After reading so many excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. We decided to go with Shanghai Private Tour and we are very happy with our decision. We are glad to have Nancy as our tour guide. She is patient and thoughtful as we have a four years old kid travelling with us. She is also very knowledgeable in all the places at Suzhou and she speaks very fluent English. We first arrived at the Garden of Suzhou and Nancy showed us around the various places and explain to us the history behind the various rooms and artefacts. Next, Nancy brought us to a restaurant to have our lunch. She recommended us to take the fried squirrel fish which is very famous in Suzhou and her recommendation was spot on. The lunch was good and my family enjoy it. After lunch, we head down to take a short boat ride along the canal where someone will row the boat to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It reminds us of the gondola ride we took in Venice few years back. After the boat ride, we took a short stroll along the old street where you can purchase local snacks and souvenirs. Kudos to Nancy and Shanghai Private Tour! We will definitely book them if we visit China again.

Gina Benson
Reviewed on 19 May 2020

We booked this tour with Shanghai Private Tour and it really was worth it.
Nancy was our guide and she was great. She picked us up at our hotel on time and took us to Bullet train station. Rapidly, we arrived at Suzhou and the first stop was at Classical Gardens of Suzhou. Beautiful place to enjoy and learn more about Chinese traditions. We had lunch in a typical restaurant and Nancy recommended us to try squirrel fish, a famous Suzhou food, which was delicious. Then, we visited a Buddhist Temple right in front of the restaurant and headed to Old City, where we took a pleasant canal boat ride. Finally, we had a walk along the streets admiring the architecture and buying souvenirs. Our return to Shanghai was fast with the Bullet train.
Thanks to Shanghai Private Tour, we had a great time over there.

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