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Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town

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Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town
  • Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town
  • Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town
  • Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town
  • Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town
  • Luxury Escape: Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip – Discover Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town

Tour Style:
Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip visiting Suzhou city highlights and Tongli Water Town Town from Shanghai by driving, Pick up/drop off at your hotel in Shanghai. You'll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in these unique old towns. Visit the Suzhou's magnificent gardens, feast on a Chinese lunch and travel through Tongli's waterways on a Chinese-style gondola (Optional).

Duration: 9 - 10 hours

Master of Nets Garden, Shantang street, Hanshan Temple, Tongli Water Town

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 specific requirements in the inquiry)

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

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

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: Master of Nets Garden, shantang street, local cuisine, Hanshan Temple, Tongli Water Town
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Your luxurious journey commences with a gracious welcome from our expert guide at Suzhou High-Speed Railway Station. Look for the unmistakable "Your Way Holiday" greeting sign, where your adventure into the heart of Suzhou begins. Our professional guide, fluent in multiple languages, is adept at providing informative insights into the attractions awaiting you. With their excellent language skills, they ensure a seamless and enriching experience throughout your exploration.In addition to our knowledgeable guide, you'll be accompanied by our skilled and experienced driver, ensuring safe and comfortable transportation throughout your tour. Our well-maintained vehicle guarantees both comfort and safety, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey to its fullest.

Your Way Holiday in Suzhou

Upon arriving in Suzhou, our first stop is the Master of the Nets Garden, one of the smallest yet most exquisite gardens in the city. This classical garden, originally built during the Song Dynasty, is a masterpiece of landscape design, embodying the essence of Suzhou's garden art with its clever use of limited space. The garden's layout mimics the grandeur of larger gardens, with intricately designed pavilions, bridges, and corridors creating a tranquil and harmonious environment.As we wander through the garden, you'll be enchanted by the delicate balance of rock formations, water features, and lush plantings. The central pond, reflecting the surrounding architecture and greenery, serves as the garden's focal point. Each step reveals a new perspective, whether it's the serene view from the pavilion window or the unexpected sight of a hidden rock grotto. Our knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories and historical insights, enhancing your appreciation of this UNESCO World Heritage site.


Next, we'll stroll along Shantang Street, a historic canal-side street that stretches for about 2.2 miles. Known as the "First Street in Suzhou," it dates back to the Tang Dynasty and offers a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage. As we walk, you'll notice the well-preserved traditional architecture, quaint shops, and teahouses that line the narrow cobblestone road.Shantang Street is not just a place to see; it's a place to experience. You'll have the opportunity to browse through various boutiques selling local crafts, silk products, and souvenirs. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the chance to sample Suzhou's famous pastries and snacks. As we make our way down the street, our guide will point out historical landmarks and tell tales of the street's past inhabitants, from merchants to poets.


For our midday feast, we have handpicked a local restaurant renowned for its Suzhou cuisine, ensuring you experience the region's culinary delights to the fullest. Prepare your taste buds for a symphony of flavors as we delve into Suzhou's gastronomic treasures.Our culinary adventure begins with "Mao Dou Shao Liu Yue Huang" , a signature dish that showcases the essence of Suzhou's seasonal cuisine. Delicate hairy crabs, a local delicacy prized for their sweet and succulent meat, are expertly cooked with fresh green soybeans, creating a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that is sure to tantalize your palate.Next, we present "Xi Gua Ji", a culinary masterpiece that marries unexpected ingredients to create a symphony of flavors. Succulent chicken is delicately seasoned and cooked inside a hollowed-out watermelon, infusing the meat with a subtle sweetness and refreshing aroma. Each bite is a revelation, offering a delightful contrast of savory and fruity notes that will leave you craving for more.


After lunch, we continue our journey to Hanshan Temple, one of Suzhou's most famous Buddhist temples. Established over a thousand years ago during the Liang Dynasty, the temple is steeped in history and legend. Its name, which means "Cold Mountain Temple," comes from a Tang Dynasty poem that vividly describes the temple's bell tolls on a snowy night.As we explore the temple grounds, you'll encounter ancient pagodas, serene gardens, and beautifully carved statues. The main hall houses a magnificent statue of the Buddha, surrounded by intricate wood carvings and murals. Our guide will share the temple's history and its significance in Chinese literature and Buddhism. Don't miss the opportunity to ring the temple bell for good luck and peace.


Our exploration of Tongli also unveils hidden gems and lesser-known treasures, adding depth to our understanding of this historic water town. Alongside its renowned attractions, we encounter quaint tea houses nestled in tranquil corners, where locals gather to savor traditional brews and share tales of days gone by. We may chance upon artisans practicing ancient crafts passed down through generations, their skill and craftsmanship a testament to Tongli's enduring artisanal heritage.As we meander through Tongli's bustling marketplace, vibrant with the colors and aromas of local delicacies and handcrafted souvenirs, we immerse ourselves in the town's vibrant culture and vibrant community. Here, amidst the hustle and bustle, we glimpse the heart and soul of Tongli – a place where past and present converge, creating a tapestry of life that is as rich and diverse as it is timeless.


As the day draws to a close, we'll conclude our exploration of Suzhou's wonders at Suzhou High-Speed Railway Station, where our guide will bid you farewell. Reflecting on the day's adventures, from the tranquility of Suzhou's gardens to the charm of Tongli Water Town, you'll carry with you memories to cherish for a lifetime.Our guide will ensure a seamless departure, assisting you with any last-minute arrangements or questions you may have. As you board your train back home or continue your journey elsewhere, we extend our heartfelt thanks for choosing our tour. We hope the experiences shared today have left an indelible mark on your travels and enriched your understanding of Suzhou's cultural treasures.

Optional Activities

We provide off the beaten track Suzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee)

Streamlined Ticket Booking: Your Stress-Free Travel Solution

According to your needs, we are pleased to offer you our ticket booking service, ensuring a hassle-free experience when it comes to securing transportation for your journey. Whether you require train tickets for your travels within or beyond Shanghai, our dedicated team is here to assist you every step of the way. With our efficient booking system, you can rely on us to handle all the details, from selecting the most convenient travel dates to securing your preferred seating arrangements. Simply provide us with your travel itinerary and preferences, and we'll take care of the rest, ensuring you have your tickets ready for a smooth and stress-free journey. Sit back, relax, and let us handle the logistics while you focus on enjoying your time in Shanghai and beyond.


Premium Airport or High-Speed Train Station Pick-Up Service in Shanghai

For a seamless transfer from Shanghai train station to your hotel or from the airport to the train station, rely on our premium transfer service. Our professional drivers provide a warm welcome, assist with luggage, and ensure a comfortable journey in our modern, air-conditioned vehicles. Whether traveling solo or in a group, choose from sedans, SUVs, or spacious vans tailored to your needs. Enjoy the luxury of personalized service as we navigate the best routes for a smooth and timely transfer.


Our Exclusive High-Speed Rail Booking Service

Experience the epitome of travel sophistication with our bespoke high-speed rail ticket reservation service. Elevate your journey to Suzhou's cultural wonders with effortless access to business class and first-class seating options. Immerse yourself in the comfort and refinement of high-speed travel as you glide through picturesque landscapes en route to your destination.


A Touch of Life in Suzhou - Morning Wet Market Experience 

Visit the local wet markt is an oppotunity to experience the local's life in the hidden parts of the city, avoiding the beaten tracks or fully packed tourist sites. You will be immersed in the local culture as we make our way through the hustle and bustle of narrow alleyways surrounded by the buzzing of vehicles and yelling of street vendors. For the time being the Wet Market scene in Suzhou is all still very much "old China"and is very much alive.


Getting into Suzhou Tiger Hill Wedding Gown Street   

If you want to look gogorgeous on your wedding day but don't want to splurge your entire life savings on your wedding, then Suzhou Tiger Wedding Gown Street is a paradise for you. It is a street after street of endless shops selling nothing but wedding stuff with affordable price but good design & quality. Think of it as a one stop solution to all your wedding day needs.


Delvo into the brillant culture of Su Embroidery   

Uncover the secrets of Su Embroidery, one of the four major styles of Chinese embroidery, with a fascinating visit to the Su Embroidery Research Institute. Led by an expert guide, this experience offers you a deep dive into the intricate world of this ancient art form. Witness firsthand the meticulous process of creating Su Embroidery, renowned for its stunning detail and vibrant colors. You'll see skilled artisans at work, transforming fine silk threads into breathtaking pieces of art. This journey through the heritage of Su Embroidery not only enlightens you about its artistic significance but also connects you with a crucial aspect of Chinese cultural identity. Join us for this enlightening experience, and take a piece of Chinese tradition back home in your heart.


Shopping Like a Local: Discover Suzhou's Unique Culture and Craftsmanship

Experience the charm of shopping in Suzhou, where every purchase is not just a transaction but an immersion into local taste and culture. Nestled in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta, Suzhou's waterways have nurtured a legacy of intelligence and craftsmanship. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through bustling markets and quaint boutiques, where you can explore an array of exquisite goods renowned for their delicate artistry. As you wander the vibrant streets, you'll engage with local artisans and vendors, gaining insights into traditional techniques that have been perfected over generations. Shopping in Suzhou offers more than mere items; it offers a leisurely encounter with the city’s soul, enriching your travel experience with every step.


Experience Chinese rickshaw ride at Suzhou old Town 

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Suzhou Old Town aboard a traditional Chinese rickshaw. This unique mode of transport offers an up-close and personal look at the city’s vibrant back alleys, bustling open markets, and the everyday lives of local residents. As you weave through the narrow lanes, your knowledgeable rickshaw puller will share fascinating insights into Suzhou’s rich history, culture, and folk customs. This engaging ride not only allows you to see the sights from an authentic perspective but also deepens your understanding of why Suzhou is celebrated as a garden city steeped in tradition. Don’t miss this intimate glimpse into the authentic soul of Suzhou, enhanced by stories and insights from those who know it best.


Private Boat Ride on Grand Canal     

Step aboard for a tranquil journey through time on the historic Grand Canal of Suzhou. As you glide along the water, you'll be enveloped by scenes of timeless beauty: ancient black-tiled-roof houses and weathered stone bridges. This private boat ride offers a unique vantage point to experience the deep cultural heritage of the region, reflecting centuries when the canal was a major artery of commerce. Discover the essence of the Grand Canal, a magnificent testament to China’s historical ingenuity and a living piece of history.


Act as A Local - Enjoy A Cup of Tea at Local Teahouse   

Drink tea and enjoy the Suzhou opera in an old-world ambience is a prat of local's life. The local teahousw is famous for its tea and "Ping Tan" (a Chinese form of storytelling accompanied with music played by stagers.) You'll definitely be attracted by the architecture and the Ping Tan nice sound from inside. It is a good way of appreciating the Suzhou culture by drinking tea and listening to the traditional Ping Tan. 


Experience Pottery in Suzhou   

Ever wanted to get your hands dirty with some real pottery making? Here’s your chance in Suzhou! Join a laid-back class where local experts will show you the ropes—from slapping that clay on the wheel to shaping it into something cool. You’ll walk away not just with your own pottery piece but also with a taste of the rich artistic culture that Suzhou is famous for.


Learn How to Perform Suzhou Kunqu Opera          

Step into the enchanting world of Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest and most refined forms of Chinese opera. Guided by expert instructors, you’ll learn the unique body language and expressions that make Kunqu so captivating. Dress in traditional Kunqu costumes, practice the artful gestures, and even dabble in the opera’s distinctive makeup techniques. This immersive experience offers a rare glimpse into a cultural treasure and a fun, artistic way to express yourself!


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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. Personal Expenses: This includes phone bills, laundry, additional tours, postage, and any entertainment fees not covered in the itinerary.
2. Meals: While meals are not included, our guide will recommend the best local food spots, giving you the chance to explore and choose based on your preferences. (Average cost per person for a regular meal at local eateries: 40RMB/6USD-80RMB/12USD)
3. Tips: Tips are not mandatory but are recommended for excellent service. If you feel satisfied with the service, you may consider leaving a tip.
4. Insurance: Insurance coverage for personal loss, illness, or damages incurred during your trip is not included.
5. Optional Activities: Any optional activities listed in the itinerary are not covered by the tour fees.

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