Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou

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Praised as the 'Oriental Venice', Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. Our exquisite 1 - 6 days private Suzhou tour package will enthrall you with the unique and lingering charm of its city landscape, especially the fantastic gardens, which have high reputation for their tranquil beauty, featured landscapes and delicate architecture. Besides touring in Suzhou city, you will also have side trips to Hangzhou, Tongli and Zhouzhuang water towns to explore the traditional towns in east China.

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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

China's 144-hour visa free transit policy makes a layover in Shanghai and its surroundings without a visa much easier than ever before. This policy gives travelers from 53 countries or regions the ability to visit the Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for up to 144 hours with a visa exemption. This makes it easy to visit great places like Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and water towns like Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang and Tongli. We can help you plan your layover tour to meet your interest.

What are the things to do in Suzhou?

Visit Suzhou Gardens
What makes Suzhou an attractive place for many travelers is the city's classical gardens. It is nicknamed the City of Gardens for possessing more than 60 gardens. Some of the best well-known are the Blue Wave Pavilion, Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden and the Lingering Garden. These four gardens respectively show the artistic styles of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Often two or three gardens are sufficient for most visitors although each of them has its own features. If you are keen on architecture, history and scenery, Suzhou Gardens won't disappoint you.
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Explore the Water Towns in Southern China
When traveling to cities in the Yangtze River Delta, a trip to one of the ancient water towns is well worth experiencing. One can enjoy the old streets, antique residential houses, charming waterscape, various bridges and traditional folk customs.

Some of the most popular water towns are Tongli, Nanxun, Zhouzhuang, Luzhi, Wuzhen and Xitang. Though built hundreds or even over one thousand years ago, these water towns have integrally retained their original style and historical charm. Only a short distance from Suzhou, any of these water towns makes a very good choice for a day-trip.
Water Town Trip Distance Main Features
Tongli 40 minutes Ideal to see garden-style architectures and stone bridges in a laid-back atmosphere
Xitang 1 hour 15 minutes The largest one which is abounding with old bridges, lanes and waterside corridors
Zhouzhuang 1 hour Rich in cultural landscape, the earliest developed and most popular one
Nanxun 1 hour 15 minutes Most tranquil, ancient buildings of Ming & Qing Dynasties, as well as western style architecture
Wuzhen 1.5 hours The liveliest, ride a small boat with black awning, amazing night views
Luzhi 50 minutes The smallest, less touristy, tranquil atmosphere permeates the place
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Visiting a water town may take you back to the ancient time of China
Travel to Famous Cities via High-speed Trains
The advanced high-speed rail network enables people to travel by train from Suzhou to the famous cities like Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing and others from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you have ample time, you may also extend your private Suzhou tour to these cities based on your interests.
Destinations High Speed Trains Travel Time
Shanghai G7213, G7029, G7211, G7031...
93 departures from 06:37 to 22:22
25m - 46m
D3125, D2281, D3135, D3025...
22 departures from 05:27 and 22:43
28m - 59m
Hangzhou G7581, G7355, G7587, G7591...
11 departures from 08:28 to 17:28
1h32m - 2h04m
D3125, D2281, D3135, D3141
4 departures from 08:03 to 13:36
1h45m - 2h10m
Nanjing G7072, G7032, G7076…
87 departures from 06:17 to 22:18
1h12m - 1h57m
D636, D2206, D3072...
23 departures from 06:46 to 23:41
1h15m - 1h59m
Beijing D312, D314 at 19:58 and 21:54 11h01m - 11h09m
Xian D306 at 23:41 10h25m
The above schedules are only for your reference. If you wish to extend your Suzhou tour to other cities via train, please contact your travel consultant for more information.

What is the best time to visit Suzhou?

Best time to visit: March to May & September to October

Suzhou has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. The weather is often mild and moist, neither too hot nor very cold. As the seasons change, Suzhou Gardens greet visitors with different beauty. The exquisite garden architecture coupled with blooming flowers in spring, lush green trees in summer, glorious colors in autumn and silver-coated scene in winter will bring you an unforgettable travel experience.
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    4.728 Reviews
    Marcia Pilkington
    Posted on May 07, 2021
    We just had a superb Suzhou tour and felt that we got the value of the money.

    Suzhou was a picturesque city and full of leisure atmosphere. Our guide was a great English speaker and introduced this city and scenic spots we visited in detail.

    Also, she tried her best to meet our needs and was open to all questions. We all felt pleasured with her company.
    Posted on March 05, 2021
    Every day of this 2-day tour, we were seeing exciting new things. The time was utilized perfectly in our opinion. We loved the Humble Administrator's Garden and would strongly recommend it to anyone going to Suzhou.
    It stood out as quite different from everything we saw and we do have memories that last a long time. The only thing we wanted to complain about was that we'd like to have more lunch time to choose a great restaurant.
    Barbara Nave
    Posted on November 16, 2020
    We had a reasonable schedule and attentive and satisfactory service form TCG team. Suzhou gardens were really elegant and peaceful, and each of them had its unique highlight.

    The Humble Administrator’s Garden was the largest and most renowned one in Suzhou while the Master of Nets Garden was the smallest with a perfect miniature landscape in a limited space.

    All in all, this tour experience helped us learn more about classic Chinese gardens and they were all good places to relax and rest! A fruitful journey full of happiness! ... More
    Posted on August 12, 2020
    We had much fun on the Suzhou tour! Under the lead of our tour guide, we had known much about the scenic sights and local customs. Of course, delicious food couldn’t be missed. We had tasted many tasteful local cuisines and specialties. So yummy!
    Posted on July 13, 2020
    With a zealous and responsible tour guide, we were excited and happy on the trip! The itinerary was great. We visited the Pingjiang Road, a nice street. There were many old traditional buildings, souvenir shops, and restaurants. We were given enough time to walk along this street and taste delicious local cuisines and buy some souvenirs. We truly appreciated our guide and we hope to convey our compliments to her. A wonderful Suzhou tour!
    Posted on June 22, 2020
    It was good! My father enjoyed himself on the Suzhou tour. The customer consultant Cindy offered us satisfying services. We had a well-planned itinerary with the classic sights. The hotel was clean and the surrounding environment was quiet. During the Suzhou tour, my father had visited the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in this region and praised to be one of the top four gardens in China. It was marvelous! My father said that he was satisfying. Thank you!
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 02, 2020
    We were so happy on the Suzhou tour. Our tour guide was funny, outgoing and reliable. He well designed this trip and we just enjoyed our great time! We took a good rest in the hotel and had plenty of energy to continue our next day's activities. I thought it of great importance.
    Posted on May 11, 2020
    A wonderful travel experience! We had fun on the Suzhou tour with an enthusiastic and responsible tour guide! He designed an excellent itinerary for us. We had seen beautiful sceneries and tasted delicious local cuisines. Thanks for a truly great experience! The Suzhou tour was worth taking!!!
    Posted on April 15, 2020
    What an attractive trip! Our tour guide was humorous and dutiful. Everyone in our group was taken good care of. The itinerary was reasonable and designed well. I was willing to choose her group on the next tour. The Suzhou tour was wonderful!
    Posted on March 30, 2020
    I had long heard that Suzhou was most famous for its garden landscape. This time we ordered a 1-day Suzhou tour to satisfy our curiosity. We visited two gardens with their own characteristics According to our guide’s introductions, the Humble Administrator’s Garden was the largest classic garden in Suzhou, also one of the four most famous classical gardens in China. Its Central Courtyard was covered by water and various-style buildings, quite a harmonious picture! However, the Master of Nets Garden with a small scale was reasonably placed with a residential area, lush plants and queer rockeries. All in all, we had a better understanding of Chinese gardens and got a lot of fun! ... More
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