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All Inclusive Suzhou Gardens and Tongli Water Town Discovery Tour From Shanghai

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From $100 per person

Tour Style:
Take a Shanghai to Suzhou day trip with our knowledgeable shanghai tour guide, visit the most representative garden in Suzhou and Tongli water town. And bullet train makse people from Shanghai to Suzhou or Suzhou to Shanghai easily to reach. All entrance fees, round way train tickets, typical Suzhou lunch, bottled water, english speaking tour guide and authentic experiences are arranged.

Duration: 10 hours

Master of Nets Garden, Couple's Retreat Garden (Ou Yuan), Tongli Water Town

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

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

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: Master of Nets Garden, Couple's Retreat Garden (Ou Yuan), Tongli Water Town
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: L

Pick up service is arranged at your Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement) by your Shanghai driver, you will find a welcome sign "Suzhou Private Tour" and drive you to Suzhou for your Suzhou tour. Your Suzhou local guide will wait you in Suzhou, the guide and the driver will keep in touch. (We can arrange Shanghai guide as well if you want the guide accompany with you to Suzhou, however, we recommend Suzhou local guide, because local guide knows Suzhou better, he/she provide more information about Suzhou, even it's fact, customs and much more.)

Our Pick Up Sign "Suzhou Private Tour"

You will start your tour to The Master of Nets Gardenbuilt in AD 1174 (song Chunxi early), originally called the "Fisherman". It maybe the smallest garden of Suzhou’s Classical Gardens, but Master of the Nets Garden packs a grand punch. This 12th century gem (later refurbished in the 18th century) and UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an impressive garden and nightly Kunqu opera performances, and it’s best known for its architectural splendor. 


Then, move on to Couple's Retreat Garden (Ou Yuan)In ancient China, “ou” means cultivating land by two persons, so that the garden's name implies that a couple retreat to the countryside and lead a peaceful life there. Also the name of the garden alludes to its two halves separated by a residential core in the middle. Not only it is a representation of Suzhou garden, but also it has its unique elements which is rooted in profound and broad Chinese culture.


The last destination is Tongli Water Town: Tongli, established in the Song Dynasty, has a history of over 1,000 years. It is very rich in cultural heritage. Traditional residences including gardens, houses and temples, built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, are the highlight of the city. 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. It is very rich in cultural heritage. For its long history and special beauty, in 2004, Tongli together with Zhouzhuang and Luzhi were listed in the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


After the tour is finished, drive you to the Suzhou train station to catch your train to Shanghai. Our Shanghai driver will bring you back to your hotel once you arrived. Our service ends.

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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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Ms. Marie Pavini
Reviewed on 16 November 2019

We went on a wonderful day tour with Shanghai Private tours to visit Suzhou and Tongli water town. Simon was our friendly and extremely knowledgeable tour guide. We had a wonderful time with Simon we felt that he brought our day to life with his knowledge of the history, his anecdotes and his fun and laugher. We bombarded simon with tons of questions and nothing was too much trouble to answer. He took us around some lovely places such as Gardens, Silk factory and The water town including a boat ride and the lunch that he ordered for us was the loveliest food we had on our entire trip. Definitely the highlight of our holiday and when we return to China again we would love to choose Simon as our tour guide if he is available. Thank you Simon for making our holiday a very memorable and enjoyable experience and also a very big thank you to our driver for his help in getting us to where we were going.

Annette Esselborn, Germany
Reviewed on 13 November 2019

We had heard about the "water towns" near Shanghai and chose this tour because it offered a customizable, full-day trip to Suzhou and Tongli using rail transport rather than bus or car which we understood would take more time to get there and back. Our guide Rita met us on time in our hotel lobby. She was an excellent companion for the day -- a great knowledge of the history of the region, a very pleasant personality, and fluent English skills. Rita took us by taxi to the train station and got us quickly through the ticket pick-up process, the station security, and the boarding of an impressive Chinese Rail high-speed train. I don't believe we could have navigated ourselves the complicated process to use the train. Rita saved us a lot of time and stress. The trip takes only 25 minutes from Shanghai to Suzhou by train. A very pleasant trip. On arrival Rita asked us what we wanted to do as priority, and took us first to the Garden of the Master of the Nets. She gave us an in-depth tour of the gardens and buildings, and her recommendation to start here in Suzhou was excellent as we were almost alone, away from the throngs of tourists elsewhere in the city. From there we visited the Silk Museum, and had lunch in central Suzhou at an excellent local restaurant. Rita ordered a range of great dishes. After lunch we did a relaxing boat ride on the charming canal along Pingjiang Lu, followed by a visit to the Gusu District, one of the many other water towns (part of Suzhou) with a stroll along the main shopping street and views of the canals. Rita chose sites that gave us an excellent overview of the history and charm of the area, and avoided the most heavily visited tourist sites. The pace was not rushed and covered a lot. We saw very few foreign tourists throughout the day, which made it a special experience. We then boarded the fast train back to Shanghai and Rita accompanied us by taxi from the station back to the hotel. It was a super day and something we could not have done nearly as well without a guide. Highly recommended. Cost is not cheap, but it included all taxis, train fare, guide, lunch, entry fees to the Garden and the canal boat ride. It is also important to mention that our communication with Sunny in setting up this and other tours in Shanghai was impressive. She speaks good English, answered our messages within hours, and provided advice on how best to structure our tours. Well done.

Qiao Wenshu, Australia
Reviewed on 13 November 2019

Tommy was the excellent tour guide for our trip to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang from Shanghai. The train ride from Shanghai to Suzhou was a great experience. He was good company and had an excellent knowledge of the region and was interesting to talk to about China in general. He had many anecdotes and kept us entertained. Another tour recommended for those with a wider interest in China.

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