How to plan a best day tour in Suzhou? Suzhou is a national historical and cultural city and a scenic tourist city. It is also one of the first batch of 24 national historical and cultural cities in China, with a history of nearly 2500 years. This all inclusive day tour will take you to explore the basic facts of Suzhou. In this tour, you will visit Suzhou Museum, Shantang Street, Lingering Garden, cruise along the Grand Canal, Tiger Hill, and Embroidery Institute. And you will enjoy the Qunqu Opera. Lunch and dinner included in the tour.
Highlights of this tour: *Appreciate the combination of history and art in Suzhou Museum. *Feel the unique local lifestyle in Shantang Street. *Take a cruise on the amazing Grand Canal which is one of the oldest canal. *Enjoy the artistic beauty of Chinese classical gardens in Lingering Garden. *Visit Tiger Hill and Listen to its interesting legendary. *Appreciate the Kunqu opera which is the ancestors of the hundred plays existing in china.
Private car with driver + Guide + Entrance fee + Lunch + Dinner
AM: At 09:00 our guide and driver will greet you in your hotel lobby by holding the board with your name. After hotel pickup we will drive to visit Suzhou Museum to learn about the past of the local area and appreciate some precious and delicate cultural relics. And some part of the museum was the former residence of Li Xiucheng, a chieftain of Taiping (a peasant armed force) in late Qing Dynasty. Afterward we will take a walk in the Shantang Street. It was the first business street in Suzhou. And in some people’s mind, Shantang Street is the city’s card when talking about tourism. Then we will drive to visit Lingering Garden. It was originally built in the Ming Dynasty as a private garden by Xu Taishi, a retired officer from the central government. The garden consists of four parts: east part for architecture complex, middle part for garden, west part for artificial mountains, and north part for rurality.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After visiting the garden you will take a boat and cruise along the Grand Canal to Tiger Hill. Though the hill is not large in scale and has an altitude of only 30+ meters, it is the highlight cultural and natural scenery in Suzhou.
Before dinner you will pay a visit to the Embroidery Institute to learn about the well known local art-form: Su Embroidery. You will meet lots of surprisingly exquisite embroidery artworks.
Evening: After dinner you will appreciate one more well known local art form: Qunqu Opera. It is one of the best known traditional operas in China and was selected as a oral and intangible heritage.
After the opera ends. You will be escorted back to hotel at around 20:30.
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.