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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Town Day Tour From Shanghai By Train

From $78 per person

Tour Style:
This Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Shanghai is the best choice for visitors who have limited time in Shanghai. Taking only 30-minitues bulle train from Shanghai to Suzhou, follow your knowledgeable guide to explore the profound history tranquil beauty and of the ancient water town - Zhouzhuang, and visit the main highlights of Suzhou. This is a private day tour that flexible on the start and finish time, includes all the must-see highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):
The Master of Nest Garden, Panmen Gate, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill, Zhouzhuang Water Town

Pick-up point:
Suzhou Train Station (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Suzhou Train Station or your hotel in Suzhou (based on your requirement)

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

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Cash, Wire, Paypal, Western Union, Alipay, Wechat

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: The Master of Nest Garden, Panmen Gate, Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill, Zhouzhuang Water Town
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

In the morning, you will take bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, it takes only 30 minutes for one way. Upon arrival, our local Suzhou tour guide will pick you up at the exit of Suzhou train station, you will find a welcome signage “Suzhou Private Tour”. And your Suzhou and Zhouzhuang day tour start as below. (We provide private transfer service from your hotel in Shanghai downtown to Shanghai train station as well, please feel free to let us know your needs.)

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Our Suzhou pick up sign "Suzhou Private Tour"

First, our tour guide will lead you to The Master of Nets Garden, which is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. The garden is divided into three sections: a residential section, the central main garden and an inner garden. This 12th century gem (later refurbished in the 18th century) and UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an impressive garden and nightly Kunqu opera performances, but it’s best known for its architectural splendor. The garden is especially fancied by overseas visitors and is praised as the most ornate and intact private gardens in Suzhou.

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Move on to Panmen Gate. Panmen Gate stands at the southwestern corner of the ancient city of Suzhou. With a history of 2,500 years, this city gate is the most completely preserved part of the ruins of the ancient city of Suzhou. Panmen Gate is part of the ancient city wall built in 514 BCE that surrounded and protected Suzhou. Panmen Gate was the only entrance to the wall that surrounded ancient Suzhou. Panmen Gate is also known in China for its architecture and famous for its complex of both land and water city gates that many times, people directly refer to it as the "Land and Water Gate".

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Take a sight of 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 beginning and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.

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After lunch, drive you to Zhouzhuang Water Town. Explore one of China's most cherished water towns – Zhouzhuang water town. Over 900 years old, Zhouzhuang Water Town is home to some of China's best-preserved water-village architecture from the Ming-and-Qing-Dynasty. Zhouzhuang's willow-lined waterways, traditional boats and ancient stone arch bridges offer a simple beauty virtually unchanged over hundreds of years. In the water town, you can enjoy the moment to take a boat to look around in the canal. 

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Drive you back to Suzhou train station or your hotel in Suzhou downtown and your Suzhou tour ends.

There are some useful tips for you to puchase train ticket between Suzhou and Shanghai:

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

Note: As for the train tickets, you can ask your Shanghai hotel help you book them or you can book them online by yourself (www.trip.com). We provide train tickets booking service as well. Feel free to let us know your needs.

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 sharing one 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
6. Admission Fee: All first admission/entrance fee     s 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
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Grace
Reviewed 05 June 2018
Fantastic full-day tour of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

I booked a tour with Suzhou Private Tours few days ago. This tour company was very professional and flexible. I wanted to visit Master of Net's Garden, Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, and ZhouZhuang Water Town with gondola ride. For a full day tour with 2 adults and 2 children, which included transportation/driver, tickets, water, and guide.

The day started a bit rocky for us because our one of our pre-ordered train tickets couldn't get processed (one digit was missing from the passport #) and they were sold out for that time at the station. We then had to change all our tickets for the next available train, which was an hour later than we had planned. I contacted the tour company and they were very nice about the situation and told us it was not a problem and that our guide will be there to meet us at our new arrival time.

Once we finally made it to Suzhou station (very fast train ride from Shanghai), our guide, Joyce, was there to greet us. She was very energetic and friendly and made us feel comfortable right away.

The gardens were beautiful, but the highlight of our trip was Zhouzhuang water village. The architecture and waterways were stunning. The only negative part of our entire trip was the lunch we had there --the restaurant we were taken to was not very good.

After a long day (we ended around 6:30pm), Joyce accompanied us back to the Suzhou train station where she helped us buy train tickets to Shanghai. Since she knows the train system much better than we did, it made the process easier and we really appreciated the fact that she took the time to do that for us.

Overall, a very nice and full day of seeing beautiful sights!

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