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Suzhou 1 Day Tour

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• For those who are short of time, this is a great way to experience the joys of charm of Suzhou. You’ll see and visit all the essential sights, such as the Humble Adminstrator’s Garden (the most popular of Suzhou’s classical gardens), a boat ride along the Grand Canal, a bicycle tour of Suzhou’s Old Town, and a visit to Suzhou’s Silk Factory, a product that has made Suzhou known around the world
• To maximize comfort and convenience, for your tour of Suzhou you’ll have your own professional English-speaking guide, driver, and car
• This tour makes for a perfect side-trip from Shanghai and the World Expo, as it is less than a 2-hour drive between cities

B=(Breakfast) L=(lunch) D=(dinner) 
DEPARTURE: Daily
 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
GWAC-SZ-04
Day Activities Hotel
DAY 01 1. You will take a train to Suzhou the night before, and upon arrival you’ll be met by your English-speaking guide. You’ll then be taken to your hotel. If you signed up for our “deluxe tour”, your hotel will be a 5 star establishment, and if you signed up for our “common tour”, your hotel will be a 3 or 4 star residence. The rest of the night can be spent at your won leisure.

2. Following breakfast in the hotel, we’ll get started with your touring of Suzhou with a visit to the Humble Adminstrator’s Garden Garden (known in Chinese as Zhouzheng), which is probably the most beautiful and famed of Suzhou’s classical gardens. Being the most representative of Chinese classical gardens, the garden was first constructed during the Ming Dynasty. The garden focuses on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers. Located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts. Don't miss the Garden Museum - actually don't miss any of this lovely place. You should wear comfortable shoes, as there's a lot of walking here.

3. After our visit you’ll then be taken on a boat ride on the Grand Canal, which passes through Suzhou. First constructed at the end of Spring-Autumn Period, in the 5th century BC, the Grand Canal was extended in the 7th century, and again in the 13th century. It has played an important role in the development of water, conservancy and the economic and cultural exchange between the northern part and the southern part of China. Cruising the Canal in Suzhou you can view the daily life of the people living on the both sides of the canal as well. Taking a boat ride on the Grand Canal is analogous to taking a gondola ride down the water avenues of Venice.

4. After pausing to take a Chinese lunch, we’ll go on a bicycle tour around Suzhou’s Old Town to take a further look at the life and routines of the local inhabitants. The historic Old Town used to be pierced by six gates (north, south, two in the east, and two in the west), and criss-crossing the city were six canals running north-south and 14 canals running east-west. Although the walls have disappeared and a fair proportion of the canals have been plugged, the Old Town largely retains its “Renaissance” character. A major highlight of the Old Town is Pingjiang Road, a lovely place located canalside that is rich in old-world flavor.

5. Also known as the “land of silk”, Suzhou has long been famed as China leading center of silk producing and manufacturing, and even hosts a silk festival every year. We’ll head for the No.1 Silk Factory to see the technical process of how silk is made, from silk swarm rasing, cocoon sorting, cocoon boiling and cocoon reeling, rewinding and packing. The high-grade silk produced in this factory is the best raw material for the product of high-quality silk fabrics.

6. Following our visit to the No.1 Silk Factory, you will be taken back to your hotel to pack up your belongings, and you will be taken to the Suzhou train station, where you will depart to your next destination. A trip to Suzhou can also be easily combined with a trip to Shanghai and the World Expo. To find out more you can visit our Shanghai Expo page.
No hotel is necessary


Tour Inclusions

1. Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
2. Meals in accordance with that listed on the itinerary.
3. professional local guide & driver;
4. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
5. Admission of the first gate.
6. Two bottles of mineral water per day.

Tour  exclusions

1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs

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