Private Day Tour: Suzhou Expedition from Shanghai

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Expedition from Shanghai
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$89
Duration: 9 hours
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Catch the highlights of historic Suzhou, including the Master of Nets Garden, on this 10-hour private day tour from Shanghai. Visit the striking Panmen Gate, surrounded by historic buildings, enjoy an included lunch on Shantang Street, tour one of China's finest silk factories, and visit the delicate Master of Nets Garden.

Because this is a private tour, your departure time is flexible: most guests find 8:30am works best. It's around a 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 in a local restaurant here, complete with fantastic views over the canals.

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. Your guide will help you shop for silk here, should you wish.

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-Master of Nets Garden. 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 drive back to your hotel in Shanghai around 6:30pm.

Catch the highlights of historic Suzhou, including the Master of Nets Garden, on this 10-hour private day tour from Shanghai. Visit the striking Panmen Gate, surrounded by historic buildings, enjoy an included lunch on Shantang Street, tour one of China's finest silk factories, and visit the delicate Master of Nets Garden.