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Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Suzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Suzhou. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

First, visit Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.

 

Next stop is Panmen Gate, which is a historical landmark in Suzhou. Panmen Gate is China's existing only water and land parallel gate, is one of the signs of the ancient city of Suzhou. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Built by Wu State during the spring and autumn period, Panmen is the only ancient city wall still intact in Suzhou.

 

Continue your tour to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens.


After lunch, drive to Pingjiang Historic Street. To experience the authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down Street, which is a great way to get acquainted with the local vibe. Quiet, leafy and slow-paced, the street is lined with old Chinese houses as well as restaurants and teahouses serving traditional foods and drinks. What’s more, there are a variety of upscale cafes catering to the chic crowd at each corner. You can taste a few traditional Chinese snacks while your guide tells you more about the history of the street.

 

The final stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill, which has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. The city has been a center of China's silk trade for many centuries. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has been a proud steward of this heritage for over 80 years. It's more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the beginning and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.

 

Drive back to your hotel or the train station after the tour is concluded.

Locations visited
Hanshan Temple
The Lingering Garden
Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill
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Overview

This full-day classic tour will take you to explore the heavenly city--Suzhou, also get the fame of "the garden of city". Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groved at the Lingering Garden, one of four most famous classic gardens in China, and explore the Hanshan Temple's charm. Visit Panmen gate to learn the profound history of Suzhou from our local guide, take a pleasant stroll down Pingjiang Historic Street, move on to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory to see how silk made into products.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018
amazing day and tour

This tor was amazing. We went on this amazing cruise alone the cannel and had a great dumping lunch. Our tour guide was amazing

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Reviewed 11 March 2018
Excellent, great way to see Suzhou

I was visiting Suzhou for work and had one day to fit some sightseeing in so decided to splash out and book myself a private tour which turned out to be a fantastic day. Susan was a great guide and see fit the day around...More

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hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Dear Melanie, Thanks for your excellent review for our guide Susan. Susan is one of our best tour guides in our company with great knowledge of the city. All our guides are well trained and make effort to provide best tour experiences to our clients....More

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Private Suzhou Full Day Tour

I was on customized full day tour in Suzhou on 7th of March 2018, on top of the standard tour we visited Tiger Hill as well. My tour guide Ruby was excellent and very helpful, it was a pleasure to tour around attractions with such...More

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hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Dear Jori, Thanks for your review for our guide Ruby. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour with Ruby. All our tours are 100% flexible for you, we can customize the tour cater to your interest, offering unique tour experiences to explore the best part...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile
Great Tour with Ruby

I highly recommend the Suzhou garden tour. Everything was managed very smoothly, and began with or tour guide Ruby meeting us at the train station. She was very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable throughout the entire day. The gardens were beautiful, and Ruby provided a lot...More

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hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Dear, Thanks for your review and your recommendation on TA. Glad to hear you enjoyed your customized tour with our guide Ruby. Ruby is our new fulltime tour guide in our company, but she's doing great job. All our tour guides are well trained and...More

Reviewed 5 February 2018
Excellent and Informative Tour

The Suzhou Classic full-day tour is an excellent way to catch all the highlights of Suzhou and its history for any first time visitor. Our tour guide, Ruby, was very professional and accommodating. Her knowledge and experience of Suzhou made our tour very informative and...More

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