What are the best places for tours in Suzhou? With the reputation of “Oriental Water Capital”, Suzhou boasts many ancient water towns featured with small bridges and flowing water. Also, with the long history and splendid culture, Suzhou has many tourist attractions that can attract tourists’ eyes. This one day private tour will lead you to visit Humble Administrator Garden and Silk Museum in downtown area, the Hanshan Temple, Silk Museum and Tiger Hill in the skirt of the city.
Highlights of this tour: *Visit Tiger Hill and Listen to its interesting legendary. *Visit one of the four famous gardens in China—Humble Administrator Garden. *Appreciate the history and art of in the Silk Museum. *Learn about the traditional Chinese culture in Hanshan Temple.
Private car with driver + Guide + Entrance fee + Lunch
AM: At 08:30 our guide and driver will greet you in your hotel lobby by holding the board with your name. Today’s first stop will be Humble Administrator Garden which was originally built in the early 1600s. 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. The whole garden falls into four sections: the east sections, the middle sections, the west section, and the south sections. The south section was for living and all the other three sections were for amusement.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: We will drive out of the city area to visit the 1400 years old Hanshan Temple. It was originally built in the Six Dynasties Period (222-589). In the later centuries, the temple was set to fire for several times. And the last rebuilt of the temple was done in late 1900s in the late Qing Dynasty.
After that we will drive to pay a visit to Tiger Hill. The hill locates at the northwest skirt of Suzhou city area. In local legend, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), Fuchai (King of Wu Kingdom) buried his father in the hill. And after the bury, a white tiger stay there for 3 days. So the later generation called the hill 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. During your hiking along the path, you will meet many highlight sites and learn about some interesting stories.
At last you will pay a visit to Silk Museum. In the museum you will see the whole process how the silkworm grow from a graine to the adult silkworm and how do these silkworm produce natural silk. Then you will see how the workers make various silk products with the natural silk. And you will appreciate various pretty silk artworks.
After the tour, you will be escorted back to hotel in Suzhou downtown area at about 18:00.
All transfers as mentioned in itinerary
Air-conditioned car and driver, English speaking tour guide
Chinese style lunch
The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group
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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.
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.