Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Day Tour from ShanghaiShanghai to Suzhou

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Trip Summary

Chinese Culture, At a Glance

This day tour from Shanghai will take you back to the China of yesteryear through visits to an ancient water town and one of China's most beautiful gardens. Your first stop will be Tongli, an authentic and picturesque water town just an hour or so outside of Shanghai. Here, you'll stroll along the town's winding lanes and take a cruise down its ancient canals in a traditional rowboat.

Afterward, we'll take you to Suzhou, also known as the "Venice of China," where you will enjoy the scenic grounds and tranquil environment of the famous Humble Administrator's Garden. Finally, a walk down Pingjiang Old Street will give you the opportunity to see more of Suzhou's historic architecture and canals.

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Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai Map
  • Drive from Shanghai to Suzhou – around 2 hours
  • Tongli Water Town – explore this peaceful ancient water town
  • Canal Cruise – cruise along Tongli's narrow waterways, taking in the sights and sounds of life on the banks
  • Lunch – local cuisine by the canal (weather permitting)
  • Humble Administrator's Garden – the largest classical garden in Suzhou, generally regarded as the most beautiful garden in Southeastern China
  • Pingjiang Old Street – stroll along this historic street, which runs alongside a picturesque canal
  • Drive back to Shanghai – around 2 hours

What's Included

  • One-on-one trip consulting and planning service from one of our experienced travel specialists
  • Domestic transportation as detailed on your itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide (selected/trained by our Western staff)
  • Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle (unlimited bottled water supplied in your vehicle)
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary – no hidden costs or commission-based shopping stops
  • Meals as specified on your itinerary (at quality local restaurants)
  • 24/7 support from your guide and travel specialist while you are on tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights to and from China
  • International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • Tips for your guide and driver


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  • Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food
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