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One Day Zhouzhuang Water Tour from Hangzhou by High-speed Train

Tour Overview

Known as the “No. 1 Water Town in China”, Zhouzhuang Water Town, with a history of more than 900 years, has become a treasure of Eastern culture with its graceful water town style, unique cultural landscape, and plain folk customs. After arriving at Zhouzhuang Town from Hangzhou by high-speed train, your guide will show you around the famous scenic spots including Twin Bridges, Shen House, and Zhang House. Besides, you can take a boat ride through the bridges while admiring the elegant residences on both sides of the river.

Highlights:
1. Take a leisure stroll along the old stone-paved streets and over the Twin Bridges and immerse yourself in a quiet atmosphere.
2. Pay a visit to the Shen House to appreciate its layout and learn about the legend of Shen Wansan, a wealthy businessman.
3. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip winding along elegant rivers to admire white-walled, dark-tiled houses on both sides.

In the morning, our Hangzhou local driver will pick you up from the downtown hotel, and transfer to Hangzhou train station for your high-speed train to Suzhou. The train rides around 2 hours, you can enjoy the high-speed train journey on the way!

Upon arrival at Suzhou station, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Driving around 50 minutes, you will arrive at the amazing Zhouzhuang Water Town.

With a history of over 900 years, Zhouzhuang Water Town is one of the most famous water towns in China. It is located in Kunshan City and quite close to Suzhou and Shanghai. It is very popular with travelers at home and abroad. Some go there for its charming ancient residential houses, and some even stay there for several days to soak in the picturesque scenery and recover themselves from the hectic city life. Your tour guide will take you to explore the following highlights of this fascinating old water town, and you will have lots of fun there.

Twin Bridges refers to Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge located in the center of Zhouzhuang and is considered as the symbol of the water town. Built in the Ming Dynasty, the two bridges look like an old-style Chinese key (one with round opening and the other with square opening). 30 years ago, the bridges were famous in the world for appearing in the oil painting “Memory of Hometown” by the famed painter Chen Yifei. It is a perfect location to shoot amazing photos and watch local people go about their business.

Zhouzhuang Water Town

Old Drama Stage with an area of 4600 square meters is an ancient architectural complex composed of an opera stage, a roundabout building for audience and an exhibition hall. It is amazing that there are 420 carved wooden phoenixes on the vaulted roof of the stage (hence the name “phoenix caisson”), and it serves as an advanced stereo which makes singing more pleasant and helps leave a lingering sound in the audience’s ears. There are Kunqu opera performances every day. You may have chance to experience this ancient Chinese opera.

Shen House was built by Shen Benren, a descendant of the rich businessman Shen Wansan, in the seventh year of Emperor Qianlong (1742) of the Qing Dynasty. This spacious mansion has more than 100 rooms for various purposes, among which Songmaotang Hall is the biggest occupying an area of 170 square meters. This hall was used for receiving guests, and one highlight of it is the two small windows through which young ladies once picked their husbands. You will wander around to appreciate its layout and imagine what the life was like in the past.

Zhang House was built in the Ming Dynasty and originally called Yishuntang. Although it has experienced more than 500 years of vicissitudes, it still retained its splendid look. Different from Shen House, it is a typical ancient official’s home. Its 7 courtyards cover an area of over 1800 square meters with more than 70 rooms richly decorated with carved beams and painted rafters. There’s even a river flowing through the house just like what is described in the couplet in the main hall.

Finishing the relaxing sightseeing, you will be dropped off at Suzhou train station for departure.

Zhouzhuang Water Town

 

Price includes

  • Hangzhou - Suzhou high-speed train ( second class seat )
  • 1 Chinese style lunch
  • Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
  • Boat cruise in water town
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price excludes

  • China Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Any dinner
  • Any optional activity / battery car / shuttle bus inside the attraction
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
  • Any item beyond “Price Includes”
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)

Booking Method

Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours. Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking. Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us! Email: [email protected] Cellphone number: +86 18792910029 WhatsApp / Wechat ID: 008618792910029 Facebook: @xianholidaystravelagency

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In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they’ll book the hotel for you.

Our Tour Guide

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.

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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.

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Meals

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.

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