Suzhou should be located if you want to find an exact place to represent “Jiangnan” in China. Nurtured by the rich water in southern China, Suzhou has been growing up with strong characters which usually is descried with adjective “elegant”, “delicate”, “soft” and ”rich”. Suzhou has been mentioned in so many literatures due to its beauty and famed with the adage “There is paradise in heaven and we have Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. Due to its great location from Shanghai, Suzhou is chosen as the best place for a Shanghai side trip. This private tour from Shanghai with commentary from professional guide to lead you to explore the top highlights of Suzhou: Humble Administrator Garden, Grand Canal, Old Suzhou City, Panmen Gate, Pingjiang Road.
Humble Administrator Garden, Grand Canal, Old Suzhou City, Panmen Gate, Pingjiang Road
Private Tour Guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance Fee
Our local driver will pick you up from your hotel in Shanghai city center area. Drive for about 2 hours to Suzhou.
Firstly, you will go to visit the Humble Administrator Garden. It is a typical ancient Chinese style garden in southern China. In 1509 of the Ming Dynasty, the central government officer Wang Xianchen retreated from politics. After his retirement, he spent 16 years to construct the garden for his later life.
After that, you will pay a visit to one of the ancient China’s greatest engineering projects – Grand Canal. You will take a Chinese style wooden boat to cruise down the canal to enjoy the scenery on the way till your arrival at the center of the Old Suzhou City. During the cruise, you will pass by the Panmen Gate which was originally built in 1351 in the Yuan Dynasty.
Then you will get off the boat and take a walk in along Pingjiang Road and surrounding areas in Old City Area. During your walking, you will meet the well-preserved old style folk houses, shops, the zigzag narrow canals, the local vegetable market, etc.
After the tour finished, our driver will escort you back to hotel in Shanghai.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.