As one of China’s picturesque water towns, canal-lined Suzhou earns its nickname as the “Venice of the East.” During this action-packed guided excursion departing from Shanghai, you can hop aboard an iconic bullet train and be whisked away to discover the narrow lanes and classical gardens in the charming, old-world city, once a famous destination for Chinese artists and poets in search of inspiration.
Your adventure begins with a comfortable hotel pick up in Shanghai and travel to Suzhou with your own great guide with the transportation option you booked.
Once in Suzhou, you’ll be treated to a tailor-made tour, packed with customizable stops suited to your interests. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed gardens, which recreate Chinese landscapes in miniature and date as early as the 11th century. You’ll see 150 varieties of Bonsai tree. Opt for a boat trip down the historic canals for a first-hand peek at everyday life in the ancient town. With flexible itineraries, you’ll also have the option of visiting a 13th-century Buddhist temple or a silk factory, and can upgrade to enjoy an included lunch.