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Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

From $75 per person

Tour Style:
Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town includes the highlights in Suzhou city Tongli Town with private tour guide.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou Silk Factory, Tongli Water Town

Pick-up point:
The Suzhou Train Station or your hotel in Suzhou downtown (based on your requirement)

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

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

Payment Types:
Cash, Wire, Paypal, Western Union, Wechat, Alipay

Available: Daily

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Suzhou
  • Today's Activities: Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou Silk Factory, Tongli Water Town
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Suzhou downtown or Suzhou train station with a welcome sign "Suzhou Private Tour".

Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"

You will start your tour 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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Then move on to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, it was built in Suzhou in 1926. It is divided into three parts: the exhibition hall which showsthe history of Suzhou silk and some ancient collections; the working spot, where you can see how the silk is made; and the product exhibition hall, exhibiting the main products of this factory, the silk wadding quilts. The factorygains a good reputation in the silk industry for its complete technical process of silkworm raising, cocoon sorting, cocoon boiling, and silk reeling, rewinding and packing. Suzhou first silk mill provides magic silk production and fashion show the whole process, so as to prove the Chinese silk glorious history. At the same time, it also describes the history of the development of Chinese silk response which further profound Chinese culture. In this factory you can not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some histories of silk in China.

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Tongli Water Town: At last, drive you to Tongli , it is one of the most famous ancient water towns in the south of the Yangtze River Delta,which is famous for their rivers, ancient bridges and house complexes. Tongli occupies an area of 51 square miles (133 square kilometers) with a population of 55,000. The city is separated by 15 rivers into seven islets, which are connected through 49 ancient bridges.The most famous bridges among the 49 bridges in Tongli are the three bridges called Taiping (peace), Jili (luck) and Changqing (celebration) bridges, which has been important landmarks of the place and regarded as the sacred architecture by the locals. Tongli is located a short drive from Suzhou and about an hour drive outside of Shanghai. Tongli Water Town deserves its name of a “museum of ancient architectures” as there are many homes and temples dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Designed along the riverside and embellished with carved windows, porcelain furniture, figured clay bricks, flying eaves, dapper gardens and tiny stairs leading all the way down to the water, these complexes named Tongli Water Town could be a shining pearl among the water townships south of Yangtze.

Drive you back to your hotel or Suzhou train station after the tour ends.

If you visit Suzhou from Shanghai, there are some useful tips for you to puchase 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

You can ask your hotel help you book it or you can book it online by yourself. (Recommended web: ctrip)

Note: Plz book the train ticket in advance in case sold out, especially on weekend or public holiday

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 12 October 2019
Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Day Tour

We are interested in Suzhou Half Day City Tour with Extention to Tongli Water Town. However, we see that the itinerary does not include a visit to the Humble Administrator's Garden. Would it be possible to add that to the itinerary as well?

Date is flexible between Oct 26-28, but Oct 27 is preferred. Please advise. Thank you very much in advance.

Replied:12 October 2019

Dear Stephen,

Thanks for your inquiry for our Suzhou tour service. This tour is daily available and can be customized based on your requirements, the Humble Administrator's Garden can be included as well. We will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email within 2 hours. Thanks!

Best Regards!
Suzhou Private Tour Customer-care Team

Reviewed 12 August 2019
Perfect Shanghai to Suzhou Day Tour for Family!

Our family of 5 visited Shanghai in July and did a Shanghai side tour to Suzhou. We had a wonderful day and are so glad that we chose to go with this Suzhou Private Tour company. We considered the whole arrangement very good value for money because not only did we get to the attractions we wanted to see, but it also took the worry and the thinking away, Our guide, May is proud of what she does and this clearly shows in the way she conducts herself, the vehicle is clean and the comfortable with bottled water provided.

May is fantastic, she made the tour experience so much more interesting and meaningful than it would have been if we did it alone. She is very knowledgeable about the Suzhou gardens, Panmen Gate and the water town, but talked about the things that we were interested in rather than just providing standard information. She also took many photos for us and knew the best spots to take them.

Thank you May for such beautiful experience. Would recommend to anyone wanting to make the most of their time in Suzhou!

Reviewed 02 August 2019
Customized Suzhou Private Tour From Shanghai


I came across your Suzhou tours and am interested in both the “Half Day City Tour with extension to Tongli Water Town” as well as one with rickshaw ride and Grand Canal Ride.

Will I be able to customise it in the way that we do
1. Pick up at Shanghai at 11am
2. One garden (Humble Administrator’s Garden, Master of the Nets Garden or Lingering Garden)
2. Grand Canal with boat ride
3. Rickshaw ride
4. Tong Li water town
5. Drop us at Suzhou where we will stay a night at our own expense

How much will a tour like this cost for 2 of us?



Replied:02 August 2019

Dear Megon,

Thanks for your inquiry for our Suzhou private tour service. We can customized the Suzhou tour cater to your needs. We highly recommend you visit Lingering Garden than Humble Administrator's garden, less crowded, and both of them are noted for the most four famous gardens in Suzhou. We will send you the detailed itinerary and quotation by email within 1 hour. Thanks!

Suzhou Private Tour Team

Frederic M
Reviewed 28 June 2018
Private Suzhou Day Tour


Could you please make me an offer for 1 day in Suzhou-Tongli on August 24, 2018 ?

My arrival time in Suzhou (Jiangsu) Railway Station is scheduled at 7:25. If feasible, I wish to visit Tongli on the morning:
- Tuisi Garden
- Canal cruise
- Pearl Tower Scenic Spot
- Chinese Sex Museum

and Suzhou on the afernoon:
- The Master of Nets Garden
- Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan)
- Classical Gardens of Suzhou
- Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan)
- Beisi Pagoda

My departure time from Suzhou (Jiangsu) Railway Station is scheduled at approximately 18:30 (6:30 PM).

Is it possible to visit all the gardens above in Suzhou ? What are the most interesting gardens ? I'm opened to your suggestions.

Have a nice day.

Replied:28 June 2018


Thanks for your inquiry for our service. The 1 day Suzhou & Tongli water town tour is available on 24th, Aug. However, it will be too rush to visit all gardens you listed in one day, we recommend you visit The Master of Nets Garden, Lingering Garden & Tongli water town for your Suzhou day tour, which is more leisure and less crowded. Plz advise. And for more information, we will sent you by email. Thanks!

Carla I
Reviewed 28 June 2018
Suzhou Day Tour


My husband and I will be in Shanghai on Monday, October 15th. We were wondering if you are available as a driver to help us see some sights in Suzhou and Tongli. Specifically, we would like to see the Humble Administrators Garden, the Master of Nets Garden and then visit Tongli water town.

Can you please let us know if you are available for that tour and the cost for 2 people? We are staying in Shanghai.


Replied:28 June 2018


Thanks for your inquiry for our service. The tour is available. We provide car rental service as well. But we highly recommend you do Suzhou tour package including driver & guide (2 people). It may easy for you to make your own way to visit gardens and walk around the Tongli water town...but you can't really understand the history, garden design, culture... Book a Suzhou tour package, our Suzhou local tour guide will take you tour Suzhou in-depth and give you detailed explanation of Suzhou and attractions. Plz advise. By the way, visit Suzhou by bullet train from Shanghai is the best option, very convenient and cheap.

We will quote you accordingly by email once you make a decision. Plz feel free to let us know if you have any questions or need any help. Thanks!

Ali B
Reviewed 13 June 2018
An excellent Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Tour

We booked the Suzhou half day city tour with Tong water town from Suzhou Private Tours. We are very thankful to the great team work for arranging such a wonderful tour experience in Suzhou. Sam and Bonnie planned a trip that exceeded our expectations. Through their planning, we experienced the detailed aspects of Suzhou, making our tour very in depth about Suzhou. Bonnie checked up on us frequently during the tour to make sure everything is perfect for us, making us felt very safe and well took care of. She became not only our travel planner but a trusted friends!

We took the boat cruise to see the old buildings on both sides of Tongli, saw the classic Net Master Garden, ate the finest food, we toured a silk factory and learned how silk is manufactured. In addition, we visited the most historically and culturally important sites in Suzhou.

Our guide Ruby spoke great English and well educated. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Suzhou and each site we visited. She answered all our questions with all the details and wanted to make sure the tour was exactly what we wanted it to be. She was the best guide we have had in China. We do highly recommend Suzhou Private Tours and Ruby to anyone who want to visit Suzhou.

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