Shanghai: Suzhou - Venice of the East - 1 day


Tranquil, quaint, ancient, beautiful, a true Venice, criss-crossed with canals and bridges…. It’s difficult to describe with justice one of the oldest cities in the world. Come and see this remarkable city, for yourself.

All our day tours are guaranteed to depart when bookings are made more than 96 hours prior to departure.

Departing early we head for the train station and arrive in Suzhou mid-morning. Built in 514BC Suzhou is a remarkable ancient city in the Yangtze Delta approximately 70km from Shanghai. A Chinese Venice, this 2500 year-old cultural city which together with the canals also possesses a stunning collection of UNESCO-listed gardens and is famed for its silk.

Start the tour with a cruise along Suzhou’s grand-canal. Ranking alongside the Great Wall as China’s greatest engineering achievement the canal is the longest man-made waterway in the world and the view from the deck will remind you that this is the original source of the ‘sea’ Silk Road.Next, a visit to the well-reputed 80yr old No.1 Silk Factory, take the chance to witness the technical processes involved in silk manufacture - From silkworm raising and cocoon sorting, to silk reeling, rewinding and packing.

After stopping for lunch in a local restaurant visit the beautiful and tranquil Garden of the Humble Administrator. This garden best represents Chinese classical gardens, and was constructed in the Ming dynasty. Comprising of ponds, pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers and divided into three parts with the largest being the most famous. A pleasure to visit, even for those without green-fingers, it is an opportunity to relax and revel in the natural beauty of this beautiful park. Don't miss the Garden Museum - actually don't miss any of these lovely places!

Tour Details
  • Starts in: 8:00 in Shanghai / Ends in: 18:00 in Shanghai
  • Departs: Daily (except Chinese Golden Weeks in April/May and first week of October, plus Chinese New Year (30 Jan - 05 Feb 2014))
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:0, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Tour Guide: Escorted by a Tour Guide
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