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How to Spend 3 Days in Suzhou

How to Spend 3 Days in Suzhou

Millennia-old Suzhou may well be one of China’s most romantic cities. Renowned for its waterways (which have earned the city its Venice of the East moniker), Suzhou also boasts heritage architecture, historical gardens, and culture in spades. Three days is the right amount of time to explore—and even plan a day trip. Here’s what to do.

Day 1: A Sightseeing Whirlwind

Dedicate your first day in town to zipping between vibrant Suzhou’s many top attractions. Begin on a scenic note with one of its UNESCO-designated classical gardens: The Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest of the bunch, is said to be one of the finest gardens in the country. Then head up Tiger Hill for panoramic city views, spy the ancient Panmen Gate, stroll down bustling Shantang Street, and drop by the Suzhou Museum for a cultural immersion (and to admire its I.M. Pei–designed building). As darkness descends, enjoy a local dinner before heading to the opera for one final cultural foray—Kunqu-style Chinese opera has been performed here for centuries.

Day 2: Tranquil Suzhou

On your second day in town, make the quick trip to Taihu Lake, part of the Dongshan Scenic Area and one of the largest freshwater lakes in China. Depending on the itinerary you select, you can visit a local tea plantation, the ancient Luxiang Village, and Xishan Island (the largest island in the lake). Upon returning to Suzhou, continue your aquatic-themed sightseeing with a gentle boat tour along the Grand Canal as the sun starts to set. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, venture to a top-rated local restaurant to indulge in an array of local seafood specialties, slow-cooked pork, dumplings, and other treats. 

Day 3: Day-Trip Excursions

Devote your third day to a day trip, heading to Shanghai if it’s bustle that you crave, though Hangzhou—less than two hours away by bullet train—is another worthy, captivating choice. The city is famed for its gorgeous West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its 4th-century Lingyin Temple, complete with rock-carved buddhas and pagodas. Don’t forget to try staple dishes such as West Lake fish in a sweet vinegar sauce while you’re here. Alternatively, stick closer to Suzhou and explore one of the area’s heritage water towns, named for their historical canal networks. Tongli draws visitors thanks to its picturesque bridges and unspoiled beauty, while Zhouzhuang is bursting with centuries-old buildings and cinematic beauty. 

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Private Tongli Water Town Day Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch from Suzhou

Private Tongli Water Town Day Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch from Suzhou

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Voyage to one of China’s famous ancient water towns, Tongli, during this tour from Suzhou, including round-trip transport. First, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Retreat and Reflection Garden, and then take a cruise along the nearby lake in a wooden boat. Visit Chongben Hall and Jiayin Hall before catching sight of three of the most popular bridges out of the more than the 50 found in town.
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  • 7 hours
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$122.17
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$122.17
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Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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Spare yourself the challenge of negotiating with boatmen and rickshaw drivers, and let your private guide do the heavy lifting on this classic Suzhou tour. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you tour the Lingering Garden and enjoy a private cruise down the Grand Canal. After a rickshaw ride, explore Shantang Street and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill before your private driver drops you back.
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  • 7 hours
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$143.20
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$143.20
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Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

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Save hours wasted waiting on taxis and soak up Suzhou’s old-world charms in just a day on this classic door-to-door private tour. Check all the Suzhou boxes—a classical garden, a silk factory, a temple, and the ancient street—with a private guide and driver. Start at the Lingering Garden, tour Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, and Pingjiang Road, then discover the art of silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill.
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  • 8 hours
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$139.19
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$139.19
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Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

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Suzhou visitors that want to discover China's ancient towns can always take a group tour, but then you're one in the crowd, and stuck with a rigid itinerary. Instead, try this private tour experience, complete with a flexible itinerary and a guide—just for your group—that leads the way. Highlights include exploring the gardens and bridges of Suzhou, a stop at a silk factory, and a visit to one of the area's historic water towns—included in the tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.90
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$170.90
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Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour including Zhouzhuang Water Village

Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour including Zhouzhuang Water Village

Explore beautiful Suzhou and the famous water village Zhouzhuang in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street or others. In addition, enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village and experience the local culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.51
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$180.51
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Flexible Hangzhou Private Day Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train

Flexible Hangzhou Private Day Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train

Explore beautiful Paradise City Hangzhou on a fully customized sightseeing day trip from Suzhou by bullet train. You can choose the attractions you visit and the places you see, such as Longjing Tea Village, Leifeng Pagoda, Lingyin Temple, the old Hefang Street or more. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on West Lake. A tasty local lunch, Dragon Well tea tasting, round trip bullet train tickets, private guide and driver service are included. Upgrade to All-Inclusive Tour Package with boat ride ticket and one attraction entrance ticket at time of booking.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$312.96
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$312.96
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Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Private Suzhou Architecture Day Tour

Noted as "The City of Garden", Suzhou gardens save lots information of history, culture, ideology and science, extremely deep and wide in both material and spiritual contents. Most of Suzhou buildings gather architectural art in south of the River, setting the architecture, garden, carving, painting, poet and industrial arts in one.
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  • 6 hours
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$110.15
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$110.15
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Private Tongli Water Town Tour from Suzhou with All Inclusive Option

Private Tongli Water Town Tour from Suzhou with All Inclusive Option

This exclusive private tour will take you to the beautiful “oriental Venice” Tongli Ancient water town. Explore the beauty of the typical southeast canal town and gain a great insight to the local area and culture. In addition, visit Tuisi Garden inside of Tongli. This tour offers flexible departure time and convenient round-trip transportation from your downtown Suzhou hotel or Suzhou Railway Station.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.47
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$148.47
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Private Suzhou Highlight No-Shopping Tour

Private Suzhou Highlight No-Shopping Tour

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Suzhou, not only noted as the City of Garden, it's gain the fame of "Venice of the Orient". This private Suzhou day tour is customized for those who are not interested in Shopping. Follow your personal tour guide to explore the most famous garden of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's Garden, pay a visit to Hanshan Temple and Panmen Gate, the historical landmark in Suzhou, stoll down Pingjiang Historic Street to see the old lifestyle of locals in Suzhou, what's more, a visit in Suzhou musuem can not be missed.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$162.00
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$162.00
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The UNESCO Gardens of Suzhou

The UNESCO Gardens of Suzhou

Suzhou is renowned for its beautiful, classical gardens—and on this private, half-day tour, you’ll enjoy a seamless way of discovering two of them. Depart in the morning from your Suzhou hotel, and travel in a comfortable vehicle. You’ll visit the Master of Nets Garden and the Humble Administrator’s Garden: both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. As you go, explore in the fresh air and learn about the gardens’ history and harmonious designs.
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  • 4 hours
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$132.20
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$132.20
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