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How to Spend 2 Days in Suzhou

How to Spend 2 Days in Suzhou

Suzhou may be under an hour from Shanghai, but it’s a world apart from the latter’s neon bustle. Instead, this ancient city is known for its canals, tranquil gardens, and peaceful way of life—and two days offers the perfect amount of time to immerse yourself in its unmistakable ambiance. Here’s how to plan your stay.

Day 1: Sightseeing in Style

**Morning:**Millennia-old Suzhou has accumulated a number of must-see landmarks over its long history—and your first day in town is the perfect time to get acquainted with them. Begin your trip with a sightseeing excursion: See the famed Panmen Gate, impressive Hanshan Temple, lofty Tiger Hill, and bustling Shantang Street.

**Afternoon:**After a busy morning of sightseeing, enjoy Suzhou’s tranquil side when you venture to its UNESCO-designated classical gardens, many of which are over 500 years old. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is considered one of the finest in China, while the Master of the Nets Garden is another scenic highlight.

**Evening:**As the sun goes down, wind down your first day in Suzhou with a relaxing journey along the water—the Venice of the East, as it’s known, is best explored by boat. As you float along the Grand Canal, spy the heritage architecture for which the city is celebrated. Upon disembarking, indulge in a hearty seafood meal before hitting the hay.

Day 2: Cultural Excursions

Morning: During your second day in town, discover Suzhou’s cultural highlights, from the musical to the culinary. If your belly is rumbling, get the morning off to a traditional start with a cooking master class. Learn how to prepare an array of dumplings and other local delicacies before chowing down.

Afternoon: Suzhou has long been a center of Chinese silk production, and it still operates working factories today. In the afternoon, step behind the scenes and see how the prized material is made, from the care and cultivation of silkworms up to the dying and weaving of their precious threads.

Evening: Kunqu opera—native to Suzhou and several other cities—isn’t just the “mother” of Chinese opera: It’s also on the UNESCO Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity list. Wind down your cultural day out with an evening at the opera, then, and admire the elaborately costumed performers as they sing and act out centuries-old dramas.

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Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Discover the delights of pretty Suzhou—nicknamed ‘the Venice of the East’—on this morning or afternoon sightseeing tour. Begin with pickup at your centrally located Suzhou hotel, and spin through the city with your guide. Discover top attractions including the UNESCO–listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou, the 11th-century Panmen Gate, and Shantang Street, and enjoy fine views over the beautiful parks and canals for which Suzhou is famous.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.00
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From
$122.00
Price varies by group size

Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Travelers have praised Suzhou’s elegant gardens and ancient town for centuries. Follow in their footsteps without the indignities of negotiating taxis on this private guided door-to-door tour. Explore Tiger Hill, ride a boat along the river, visit the Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple, and learn how to spin silk at the Suzhou Silk Museum. Along the way, feast on a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$213.09
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$213.09
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Private Suzhou Tour to Explore the Hidden Door of Suzhou Old Time

Private Suzhou Tour to Explore the Hidden Door of Suzhou Old Time

Maximize time in Suzhou with a full-day private tour. Get picked up at your hotel and set out to see historical sites including Fengqiao Bridge, Hanshan Temple, and Shantang Street. Board a private boat for a scenic ride on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Complete the tour with a visit to a silk mill and learn about the silk-making process.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.00
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$177.00
Price varies by group size

Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner

Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing and memorable night out by visiting famed UNESCO garden: The Master of the Nets garden when it’s lit up with the charming lights on the traditional buildings, watch the local art performances and enjoy the traditional Chinese music and opera sinning with the amazing garden setting. Savor a delightful dinner along the ancient canal and immerse yourself in the beautiful night view of the water town scenery, explore the ancient canal street full of colorful stores with arts, crafts and trinkets with your local guide and get a great insight into local custom, culture and sounds.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.27
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$145.27
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Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour

Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour

In addition to its stunning gardens and flowing canal, Suzhou has been at the centre of China' illustrious silk trade for centuries. Suzhou is the silk capital of the world. Book this tour, you'll get to not only delve into the ancient techniques and fine crafts of Suzhou's most famous export, but browse the process of how silk is processed from worm to the final product and the authentic handmade embroidery, especially the significance of it's design.
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  • 4 hours
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$109.15
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$109.15
Price varies by group size