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Private Tour: One Day Suzhou Classic Tour

From $65 per person

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One Day Suzhou Classic Tour is the most popular Suzhou day tour chosen by all our clients from these years. With your personal tour guide, wander at Chinese classic garden-- Lingering Garden, explore the Hanshan Temple’s charm, admire Panmen gate to learn the profound history of Suzhou, take a pleasant stroll down ancient street, see how silk made in to products can not missed as well.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Suzhou or Suzhou train station (based on your requirement)

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

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Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groves at the Lingering Garden. Explore the Hanshan temple's charm. Learn more about Chinese history in Panmen Gate, take a pleasant stroll down Pinjiang Historic Street and visit the Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill.

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Pick you up at your hotel lobby or train station with a welcome signage "Suzhou Private Tour".  One day Suzhou classic tour includes the following acctractions:

Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"

Your day tour starts at the Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.A good place to let your mind and body rest.

Private One Day Suzhou Classic Tour with Lingering_Garden4.jpg

Next agenda is Panmen Gate. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Built by Wu State during the spring and autumn period, Panmen is the only ancient city wall still intact in Suzhou.

Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant

After lunch, pay a visit to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens. A good place to let your mind and body rest.

Private One Day Suzhou Classic Tour with Hanshan_Temple1.jpg

For an authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down Pingjiang Historic Street, which is a great way to get acquainted with the local vibe. Quiet, leafy and slow-paced, the street is lined with old Chinese houses as well as restaurants and teahouses serving traditional foods and drinks. What’s more, there are a variety of upscale cafes catering to the chic crowd at each corner. You can taste a few traditional Chinese snacks while your guide tells you more about the history of the street.

Private Suzhou Classic day Tour with Pingjiang_Road.jpg

The last stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. Suzhou's climate and soil are perfect for silk production, and the city has been a center of China's silk trade for many centuries. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has been a proud steward of this heritage for over 80 years. It's more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the begining and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.


After the tour ends drive you back to your hotel or train station.

If you visit Suzhou from Shanghai, there are some useful tips for you to purchase Train Ticket:

From Shanghai to Suzhou:
Option 1: G7104 Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 08:54AM and arrive at 09:30AM
Option 2: G7006 Shanghai Station to Suzhou Station: Depart at 09:00AM and arrive at 09:25AM
Please choose one of the above options according to your hotel location

From Suzhou to Shanghai
Option 1: G7119 Depart at 17:56 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 18:32
Option 2: G7243 Depart at 18:02 from Suzhou Station and arrive at Shanghai Station at 18:27

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide

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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Reviewed 23 October 2019
Great Suzhou Day Tour

Suzhou in China is a UNESCO World Heritage city, with more than 2,000 year history. Anita, our tour guide, spoke perfect English and was very knowledgeable of Suzhou history, it's gardens, it's local restaurants ( great Suzhou cuisine ), and it's local shopping district and silk factory. Since Anita has travelled to Europe several times as a tour guide for Chinese groups, she understands western culture very well. We enjoyed her company very much. We recommend you book tour with Suzhou Private Tour company and ask for Anita as a tour guide.

Mei Ling Tan
Reviewed 23 October 2019
Trip to Suzhou From Shanghai by Bullet Train

Our guide, Sarah, knows Suzhou well! She explained many different things, and we received lots of details about architecture and history. The organisation of the tour was just perfect, and at the end, she even helped us for taking the train back to Shanghai. She was the best guide we had in our travel in China. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 12 October 2019
Amazing Suzhou Day Tour with Guide Becky

Becky was an awesome tour guide! She and Mr Joe, our driver, made a great team. They were so flexible. Becky was so knowledgeable and personable. She helped us so much! She had tips and facts that were pertinent and insightful. The sights she took us to were beautiful. She also picked an excellent restaurant for lunch, making great recommendations for what dishes. I will remember that amazingly flavorful meal for all my days. She helped us shop, translating between us and the vendors. She went above and beyond, lugging some of our packages back to the car and Mr Joe, so we might shop easier and taking photos and lending her phone to me, when I realized I left my phone behind and could not take photos. I was quite moved she would be so beautiful. Becky was lovely all the way round and an excellent traveling companion. I would recommend Suzhou Private Tour company; the prices are quite good and they are smart enough to hire people like Becky.

Reviewed 12 October 2019
Great Suzhou Day Tour

My 9 year old son and I really enjoyed our tour of Suzhou. We will be living near Suzhou for the next 6 months, so this was a great introduction to the city that we hope to visit again and again. It was also great that we didn't have to worry about transportation to and from the bus station and around the city. Our tour guide, Sarah, shared much of the history about Panmen Gate, Lingering Garden, the Silk Museum, and Pingajing Road throughout the day. She also took the time to snap a few pictures of my son and I together, which was a rare and welcome treat for us to have those memories recorded. The city was beautiful and we can't wait to visit again!

Reviewed 15 August 2019
Wonderful Day Trip to Suzhou From Shanghai

We were on a short visit to Shanghai and decided to take this trip to Suzhou after reading good reviews online. We were absolutely glad we chose this tour. May, our tour guide, she is very engaging, spoke great English and very helpful with everything from the start of the experience till the end. She was funny and informative and had good humor. The driver was also helpful which made the experience even better. Thank you Suzhou Private Tour company and guide May, worth recommending!

Reviewed 02 August 2019
Fabulous Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

We arrived in Shanghai for business and had one day off, so we searched online for Shanghai side trip to Suzhou. We have booked a Suzhou Classic Tour. Our tour guide Cathy, sent her driver in the morning at the train station to collect my colleage and myself. We get the full experience on this tour from Lingering Garden, Pingjiang Street, Hanshan Temple, Panmen Gate and Silk Factory. Cathy was fantastic, fun and patient. She was attentive and went at our pace. She even helped us to navigate the crowds and made the trip better.

Our driver was also a very nice and patient. There was impatient weaving through traffic or impatient tooting of horns or craziness that we had experience with others that we had used during our trip. It was a very pleasant, safe drive bacl to the train station.

I would thoroughly recommend Suzhou Private Tour. Cathy is a very passoinate about her country and is a fantastic representative. Her English skills are excellent and she will certainly give you your money's worth. Highly recomend Cathy and Suzhou Private Tour company.

Hoan Le
Reviewed 24 March 2019
One day classic Suzhou private tour from Hangchou

Please tell us if your availability for a private tour for 2-4 people on Monday Or Tuesday 3/25 or 3/26
What’s included in the tour?
Thank you

Replied:25 March 2019

Dear Hoan Le,

Thanks for your inquiry for Suzhou private tour service. This Suzhou classic tour is daily available. We sent you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email. Plz check. 

And we highly recommend you visit Suzhou from Hangzhou by high-speed train, it's save time and cheaper. Thanks! Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour

Johnson G
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Excellent Tour & Tour guide - Best way to start our time in Suzhou

What a fabulous day we had. We booked a one day Suzhou classic tour by email. From the beginning, all communication went smoothly and we even got an email from Suzhou Private Tour a few days before our arrival asking if there was anything else that we needed. Despite the cold weather we had a fantastic tour and Cathy kept things moving and interesting along the way. This Lingering garden was beautiful with many different settings to enjoy. We would love to see it in the spring when everything is in full bloom! The Panmen gate area of Suzhou is outstanding. Panmen consists of a wonderful garden with pagodas and temples, as well as part of the ancient city wall, including one of the old gates, which blocked access both from land and from water. The garden is beautiful, and the view from the top of the gate, especially at sunset, is amazing. The Silk Mill is also very interesting. We saw the life cycle of the silkworm, how the cocoons are opened & the silk thread released, spun & woven into fabric. And we got something original at a very good price. Much easier with someone there to guide us. The thing we appreciated the most was the flexiblility along the way.

Cathy is very informative about the Suzhou history, culture and life in China. We're very impressed with her command of English. Since we wanted to have drink in the city after the tour on our own, Cathy gave clear details on how to get back to our hotel and even checked up on us in the evening to make sure we came back safely.

Thanks to Cathy, we were able to see the highlights of Suzhou all in 1 day and without any hiccup. Many thanks, Cathy and Suzhou Private Tour, to give us a wonderful tour experience in China.

Anne Masson
Reviewed 21 February 2019
Private Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

I must start my review by thanking our tour guide for the day Carol. So informative about sites and pleasant to be with on our all day tour in Suzhou. Was able to article many times the daily life in Suzhou and the surrounding area.

Best tip of the tour: book the train ticket ahead. The company tour operator left a message for us fews days before our tour to ask if we had booked the train ticket, they even gave us the detailed train No. and told us how to book it online, which was really helpful.

We had Carol as our guide and she was completely wonderful. She gave us an informative and interesting guide around Lingering Garden, Panmen gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Old Street and Silk Mill. Aside from the excellent English she spoke, she had a delightful and engaging personality along with a good sense of humour. What was also great (and a relief to discover) is that she achieved that difficulty balance between communicating key information and providing space in which my wife and I could enjoy the experience of being in these amazing places. Lingering Garden and Panmen Gate were incredible. Carol took us back to the Kingdom of Wu and provided insight into some of the superstitions and how it translated into the architecture, color and placement of buildings. All very fascinating. Lunch was very tasty at a local Chinese restaurant. Sitting with the local people during lunch was enjoyable as we got to soak up some of the local culture.

Thanks Suzhou Private Tour and Carol. Highly Recommend!

Yoke K
Reviewed 29 January 2019
Excellent Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train

This was the experience of a lifetime and on my bucket list. I enjoyed it more than i thought I would. It was cold the morning we went in early Jan. but warmed up during our tour. Suzhou is a beautiful city and it has a number of beautiful gardens to visit. We visited the Lingering Garden, Hanshan Temple, Suzhou old town, a food street and silk factory. Lingering Garden was my favorite surprise during my whole day Suzhou tour. I dubbed it the "Garden of Ten Thousand Photos," because I literally pointed my camera randomly and get jigsaw puzzle-level beauty in every shot.

Cathy, our tour guide was great, considerate and really knew what she was talking about, she shared the history and culture of this city and sights. This is tour is perfect that covers all the places we wanted to see. We all had an amazing time with Cathy. Highly recommend!

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