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Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option

From $125 per person
Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option
  • Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option
  • Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option
  • Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option
  • Immerse in Tongli's Charm: Shanghai Day Escape to Ancient Waterways with First Class Option

Tour Style:
Experience Suzhou with our personalized tour style, meticulously crafted to cater to your preferences from beginning to end. Your journey starts with a seamless transfer from your Shanghai hotel, guided by our professional driver, ensuring your comfort and convenience. Led by our knowledgeable guides, delve into the captivating beauty of The Master of Nets Garden and wander through the historic pathways of Pingjiang Road, where each corner reveals local tales and cultural nuances. Indulge in authentic Suzhou cuisine during a delightful lunch, savoring the flavors that define this ancient city. Explore the intricate artistry of Suzhou silk at the Silk Museum, gaining insights into centuries-old craftsmanship. Conclude your day in Tongli Water Town, where serene canals and ancient architecture create a peaceful ambiance, offering a tranquil retreat into China's rich cultural heritage.

Duration: 8-9 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Master of Nets Garden, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Silk Museum, Tongli Water Town (Tuisi Garden, Chongben Hall, Luoxingzhou)

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

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai - Tongli Water Town
  • Today's Activities: Master of Nets Garden, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Silk Museum, Tongli Water Town (Tuisi Garden, Chongben Hall, Luoxingzhou)
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Your journey begins with our professional driver picking you up from your Shanghai hotel and ensuring a comfortable transfer to the Shanghai railway station, where you'll board the high-speed train bound for Suzhou. Upon arrival at Suzhou station, you'll be warmly welcomed by your dedicated Your Way Holiday guide. With a friendly smile and a "Your Way Holiday" sign in hand, your guide will be eager to accompany you on an enriching exploration of Suzhou. They'll share insights into the city's rich history, renowned gardens, and traditional architecture, setting the stage for a memorable journey through this culturally vibrant destination.

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Upon arrival, your exploration begins with a visit to the Master of Nets Garden, celebrated as the smallest but most captivating of Suzhou's residential gardens. Known for its ingenious use of space, the garden cleverly creates the illusion of expansiveness within its compact size. Divided into three distinct sections—the residential area, the central main garden, and an intimate inner garden—the Master of Nets Garden offers a glimpse into classical Chinese garden design. Your knowledgeable Your Way Holiday guide enhances your visit with in-depth explanations of the garden's historical significance and architectural features. They'll illuminate the intricate layout, the symbolic elements embedded in the landscaping, and the cultural context that shaped its creation. With personalized insights and anecdotes, your guide ensures you fully appreciate the garden's beauty and its place in Suzhou's esteemed garden heritage.

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Explore Pingjiang Road with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide to fully immerse yourself in the authentic charm of old Suzhou. This historic street offers a tranquil escape into the city's past, with its leafy lanes lined by traditional Chinese houses, quaint restaurants, and teahouses. Your guide will enrich your experience by providing insights into local culture and history as you stroll along the ancient cobblestone paths. Along Pingjiang Road, you'll encounter cultural gems such as the Pingtang Museum and Kunqu Opera Museum and School. Your guide can offer detailed explanations and anecdotes about these landmarks, deepening your understanding of Suzhou's rich heritage. As you walk beside the canal, your guide will point out boatmen and women guiding punt-style boats. These boats navigate the serene waters while the boatmen serenade passengers with traditional Chinese songs. With your guide's commentary, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for this age-old tradition and its significance to Suzhou's cultural identity. Whether you're admiring the picturesque scenery or savoring the peaceful ambiance, walking along Pingjiang Road with a guide ensures a memorable and insightful experience, where every corner tells a story of Suzhou's timeless beauty.

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For lunch in Suzhou, indulge in local delicacies that showcase the city's rich culinary heritage. Start with the iconic Squirrel Mandarin Fish, featuring crispy and tender fish cooked in a delightful sweet and sour sauce, known for its delicate balance of flavors. Pair this with a comforting bowl of Tangzhou, a sweet rice porridge that complements the tangy notes of the squirrel dish perfectly. Together, these dishes offer a glimpse into Suzhou's traditional cuisine, where fresh ingredients and meticulous preparation techniques create unforgettable dining experiences.

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After lunch, your next stop is the Suzhou Silk Museum. Suzhou is renowned not only as a garden city but also as a historical hub of silk culture. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, Suzhou was the center of silk production, and in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, its weavers crafted silk fabrics for the royal court. To preserve and promote China's rich silk heritage to visitors from both home and abroad, the Suzhou Silk Museum and Silk Factory were established. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the evolution of Suzhou's silk industry, offering a deeper understanding of its historical significance and current contributions to China's silk legacy.

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Then, we'll take you to Tongli Water Town, nestled in the Yangtze River Delta and celebrated for its picturesque canals, ancient bridges, and well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. A standout attraction is Retreat Garden, also known as Tuisi Garden, centrally located in Tongli. Built during the Qing Dynasty, this garden exemplifies classical Chinese design, typical of Suzhou-style gardens. Wander through winding corridors, cross bridges over serene ponds, and marvel at intricately carved pavilions. The garden's layout embodies Confucian and Taoist philosophies, reflecting the owner's retreat from political life through meticulously landscaped elements. Our knowledgeable tour guides will offer insights into the garden's historical significance and architectural features, enriching your exploration.

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As a testament to Tongli's cultural richness and architectural finesse, Chongben Hall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, stands as a memorial to the town's scholarly heritage. Its traditional courtyard layout includes a main hall flanked by auxiliary buildings adorned with delicate wood carvings and vibrant paintings. Visitors can admire the hall's ornate detailing and gain profound insight into Tongli's deep-rooted reverence for education and ancestral worship practices. Our tour guides provide detailed explanations of the hall's cultural importance and its role in local ceremonies and festivals, offering a deeper understanding of Tongli's heritage.

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Situated amidst Tongli's interconnected waterways, Luoxingzhou Island provides a serene escape into nature's embrace. Named after Luoxing, the Taoist deity of the Pole Star symbolizing guidance and luck, this scenic spot offers leisurely boat rides around the island. Enjoy picturesque views of ancient bridges, waterfront residences, and flourishing lotus ponds. Luoxingzhou's tranquil ambiance and lush greenery make it an ideal destination for contemplation, offering a unique opportunity to appreciate Tongli's charm as a water-town. Our tour guides share the island's folklore and natural history, enhancing your peaceful exploration of its scenic beauty.

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After the tour concludes, our dedicated driver and knowledgeable guide will accompany you to Suzhou railway station, ensuring a smooth transition for your onward journey to Shanghai. Throughout the day, you've explored the enchanting canals and historical sites of Tongli Water Town, immersed yourself in the serene beauty of Retreat Garden, and delved into Tongli's cultural heritage at Chongben Hall and Luoxingzhou Island. Reflecting on today's adventures, you've experienced the rich tapestry of Suzhou's ancient charm and architectural splendor. At the station, they will assist with any logistical needs and ensure you board your train comfortably, ensuring a memorable conclusion to your Suzhou journey.

Optional Activities

Explore First Class Elegance on China's High-Speed Trains 

Discover the comfort and convenience of our First Class option on China's high-speed rail network. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, our First Class seats provide a luxurious journey experience. Enjoy spacious seating arrangements designed for relaxation, complimentary snacks to enhance your journey, and a tranquil environment conducive to unwinding during your travel. With China's renowned high-speed trains, known for their punctuality and efficient service, you can sit back and enjoy the scenic views or prepare for your upcoming adventures stress-free. Experience the pinnacle of travel comfort with our First Class option, ensuring a journey that blends relaxation with seamless efficiency.

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Exclusive Transfer Service: Seamless Connections from Airport or Hotels in Shanghai

Ensure a smooth and stress-free transfer from Shanghai’s airports or your hotel to the high-speed train stations with our exclusive transfer service. Our professional drivers provide a warm welcome, assist with your luggage, and ensure a comfortable ride in our modern, air-conditioned vehicles. Choose from a selection of sedans, SUVs, and spacious vans to meet your needs. Your safety and convenience are our top priorities. Our thoroughly vetted drivers and well-maintained vehicles guarantee a secure and reliable service. We monitor flight and train schedules to adjust pickup times, ensuring punctuality. You won't need to worry about finding your car or dealing with delays. Our drivers know the best routes, ensuring a swift and timely arrival at your destination. Trust us for a hassle-free start or end to your journey in Shanghai, enjoying a comfortable, safe, and dependable travel experience.

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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 all attractions and activities mentioned in the itinerary without worrying about additional entrance fees.
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 complimentary bottle of water for each person, keeping you refreshed throughout your journey.
7. Travel Agency Liability Insurance: Benefit from coverage under our travel agency liability insurance, providing added protection and peace of mind during your trip.


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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