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Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang or Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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    What to Expect
    Meet your private guide and driver at your central Shanghai hotel at 9am, and make the approximately 1.5-hour journey to Suzhou by private, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

    Founded in 514 BC, the old town of Suzhou is steeped in 2,500 years of history and serves up many well-preserved relics from the past.

    Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘Venice of China,’ its canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens all help to make it one of China’s top tourist attractions. The town has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the days of the Song Dynasty, between 960 and 1279.

    On arrival, pay a visit to one of the four most famous gardens in China: The Humble Administrator’s Garden. The largest in Suzhou and a stunning example of a south-eastern Ming-Dynasty classical garden, this immaculate oasis features Lake Taihu rocks, delicate pavilions, ponds, and lush flowers and trees, including 150 types of Bonsai tree.

    After exploring here, visit Suzhou’s best-known silk factory, located in the former Japanese concession and housed in what was the Japanese consulate. See the process used to produce China’s famous silk, from the tiny silkworms to the beautiful finished garments.

    After your morning tour, enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then make an afternoon visit to your choice of one of two ancient water towns: Zhouzhuang or Tongli. Both offer picturesque natural landscapes, classical canals, and wonderful examples of Ming- and Qing-dynasty buildings.

    If you choose Zhouzhuang — renowned as the first water town in China — take a stroll to soak up its charms and admire its ancient twin bridges. Plus, visit Mr. Shen Wansan’s House, the courtyard residence of a 14th-century tycoon whose wealth inspired the envy of the first of China's Ming emperors.

    Admire the classical architecture of Shen’s House as you learn about his fascinating life, and take an optional boat trip (own expense) along Zhouzhuang’s beautiful canals.

    If you choose to visit Tongli, take in its UNESCO-listed Tuisi Garden, one of the most splendid Qing-dynasty gardens in China. Admire the pavilion-dotted garden, see Tongli’s famous ring of three bridges, and enjoy an optional gondola boat ride (own expense) along the serene and pretty canals.

    Your tour then finishes with a transfer and drop-off back at your hotel in downtown Shanghai.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located hotel in Shanghai
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private tour
    • Private guide
    • Transport by private vehicle and driver
    • Hotel pick up and drop-off (Only for hotels located in downtown area, pick up does not include the hotel in the outskirts such as Jiading, Songjiang, Qingpu ,Jinqiao, Chuansha in Pudong areas etc. If your hotel is not in the downtown your guide will give you the instruction to meet at the downtown point)
    • Entrance fee to Tongli or Zhouzhuang Town
    • Entry/Admission - Zhouzhuang Water Town
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Boat ride along the canal (About $15 to $25.00usd per boat. Each boat can accommodate 6 pax)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please wear comfortable shoes
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Really enjoyed my day. Beautiful scenery So interesting and sunny was lovely friendly guide. Would recommend.
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    I booked a trip to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang with Sunny Tours Shanghai on very short notice. They were truly flexible and helpful in planning the trip the day before departure, and really let me have a say in where to go and what to do. Martin my guide picked me up at my hotel the
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    Thank you sunny for a great tour, we really enjoyed it. No hassle and everything went smoothly. We booked a day trip to Suzhou during Chinese Public Holiday, a bit scared of the crowd and yes it was packed, however we still managed to visit both suzhou and Zhouzhang water town.
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    My family and I travelled to Shanghai during the school holidays. Our group comprised 6 adults and 5 children. Sunny was our tour guide for our day trip to Suzhou. All of us enjoyed our trip to Suzhou with Sunny. Sunny is a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. She was
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    My partner and I visited Shanghai as part of a two and a half week trip to China, with Shanghai being our first stop for four nights. Before we left for China, we had arranged for a series of private tours, organized by Sunny. We had three very different tours each day, and
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