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Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey

Shanghai, China
Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey

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Discover China’s rich classical garden and silk-making heritage on a private 8.5-hour tour from Shanghai to Suzhou. Travel to this history-infused city, and stroll around the pavilions, ponds, and bridges of two UNESCO-protected garden masterpieces: the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator’s gardens. After lunch (own expense), learn how Suzhou’s prized embroidered silk is made at the city’s Silk Museum. Round-trip private transport, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private full-day trip to Suzhou from Shanghai
  • Discover Suzhou’s old town with its canals, stone streets, and classical gardens
  • Explore the small-but-perfect UNESCO-listed Master of the Nets Garden
  • Admire the pond, halls, and bridges of the Humble Administrator's Garden
  • See how Suzhou’s embroidered silk is made at the Suzhou Silk Museum
  • Enjoy a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Round-trip private transport, admission fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
All applicable taxes and service charges
Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Transfers To/from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, Shanghai, Wuxi, and Changzhou, train stations, cruise ports and Suzhou’s Airport are excluded.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Start your private tour with a pickup from your central Shanghai hotel. Relax into your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private guide, and travel through the buzzing streets to Suzhou, located to the west of the city.

Along the way, hear intriguing facts about Suzhou, an ancient canal city that’s especially famous for its silk-making, and UNESCO-protected classical gardens.

After about an hour and 40 minutes, arrive in Suzhou’s historical center, a charming old quarter criss-crossed with waterways and stone-flagged streets.

Stop first at the Master of the Nets Garden, the smallest, but one of the most exquisite of the city’s classical gardens. Learn how it was laid out in the 12th century, and take in the main pond, pavilion, halls, courtyards, and bridges during a stroll.

Next, continue to the Humble Administrator's Garden, the biggest of Suzhou's gardens. Meander around this 4.9-square mile (12.6-square kilometer) masterpiece, designed in 1509, and admire the lotus ponds, bamboo groves, elegant bridges, and shady pavilions – all perfect for peaceful wandering.

Break for a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and call at the Suzhou Silk Museum. Chart the silk-making process from silkworm to loom and finishing, and discover how Suzhou’s delicately embroidered silk has made the city China’s silk capital.

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, most of the silk used by China's imperial families was made by Suzhou’s weavers. Even today, pieces of its embroidered silk can take years to create, and can command high prices as a result.

Admire some of the prized, historical pieces of silk on show, and perhaps purchase some silk (own expense) at the museum stores.

Afterward, relax on your ride back to Shanghai, where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off at about 5pm.
Stop At:  
Humble Administrator's Garden
As soon as we leave Shanghai, the world changes from one of the world’s largest metropolis to a satellite city that boasts some of its lauded treasures. We commence with heading over to one of the main attractions of the city; two of its imperial gardens. Once the secluded grounds of government officials and the aristocracy, they are now accessible to the public as a representation of China from a bygone era. The Humble Administrator's Garden, once the private garden of a former government servant and now, is a well-maintained and balanced-out collection of water features, rock formations and pavilions, dating back to the Ming Dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Master-of-Nets Garden
Secondly, the Garden of the Master of Nets may not topple the list as one of the most extensive one, but its compact size has drawn crowds for its space and the illusion of making it feel larger than it actually is and still keeps a tranquil aura within Suzhou. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Suzhou Silk Museum
After lunch, we admire the finest treads in life as we pay a visit to the Silk Museum of Suzhou. A time-honoured presence in Suzhou is dedicated to the work done by both silkworks and artisans, who have kept the traditions alive. It also marks the importance of Suzhou in the silk industry since weaving was introduced to the city during the 12th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pingjiang Road
Finally, we enter Pingjiang Road, the most recognizable historical street of Suzhou. A gateway when trade was still more tradition, this landmark in its own right is located in the North-eastern side of Suzhou. Only 1606 meters in length, it once formed the main trading aorta for commerce and transportation. We leave Suzhou and head back to Shanghai at the end of the afternoon; with ample mementoes that form a lineage to the dynasties, this city has still some spirit in itself, not going to trade upon its past to meet the future.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise terminal and Shanghai’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions. l Shanghai hotels
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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