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Suzhou Incredible Highlights from Shanghai

Group Tour Top tours 1 days Suzhou

  • ​Duration: 9 Hours
  • ​Start time: Flexible, but typically 8:30AM
  • Starting location: Pickup in city center location
  • Price: From $129/person (Contact us for groups over 4)

Key details

Code: 00258 Live guide: English Tour type: Private Tour
Easy cancellation: Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
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Attractions: The Master of Nets Garden


  • The historic city of Suzhou with site-filled walks along water canal-streets, amazing architecture along waterway,
  • Master of Net Garden or visit the 14th-century Lion Grove Garden
  • ​Panmen Gate
  • Shantang Street
  • No. 1 Silk Factory so much more.  

Full itinerary

Tour Overview

Catch the highlights of historic Suzhou, a famous summer retreat of Chinese emperors including the Master of Net Garden or visit the 14th-century Lion Grove Garden, on this 9-hour private day tour from Shanghai. Visit the striking Panmen Gate, surrounded by historic buildings, and learn the art of silk making, famous in the region and stroll a historic Song Dynasty street. A truly historic and cultural Chinese experience.

What You Can Expect

Because this is a private tour, your departure time is flexible: most guests find 9:30 am works best. It's around a 1 and 1/2 hour drive to Suzhou from downtown Shanghai, and your first stop will be the Panmen Gate and its surrounding scenic area.

Suzhou has over 2,500 years of history, and much of it is encapsulated in this gate beside the moat that encircled the old city, with buildings that date back to the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. A local saying goes that 'You should visit the Great Wall in Beijing and you must see Panmen in Suzhou'.

From here, it's a short drive to Shantang Street a historic street that encapsulates the leisured relaxation of southern Chinese life beside the water.

Discover Suzhou's unique cuisine and choose lunch options based on your interests and budget, complete with fantastic views over the canals if desired.

Suzhou has long been famous for silk, so after lunch you'll visit one of the best silk factories in China. Discover the history, culture, and art of silk, and learn how silk is made from the mulberry to the loom.

Suzhou's classical gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so your final stop on this tour will be one of these stunning formal gardens. Built in 1342 by a Buddhist monk, its sculptural rock forms make this arguably the finest of the four UNESCO-listed gardens in Suzhou.

You'll then drive back to Shanghai to arrive back at your hotel.


The price for this tour includes:

  • Personal tour guide
  • Premium car and driver with toll and parking fees
  • ​All entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • The guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel or other designated city center location and return you same location

NOTE: Drop off and pickup outside of central Shanghai, such as the airport, cruise terminals, railway station, Shanghai Disney Area, Qinpu, Jiading, Chuansha, or Songjiang will incur extra fees​.

Not included

  • Meals and drinks - So you can choose based on your interests!
  • Tips appreciated, but not required​

Meeting point

As mentioned on the details

Drop-off/End point

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