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Discover the classical gardens and ancient water towns.
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Praised as the 'Oriental Venice', Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. Our exquisite 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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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.
Lingering Garden
Master of Nets Garden
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
Pingjiang Road
Learn to Play Tai-chi
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 21 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, G7203, G7029, G7503...
215 departures from 06:40 to 22:55
21m - 53m
D3125, D2281, D3135, D3025...
33 departures from 06:57 and 22:04
28m - 1h16m
Hangzhou G7581, G7355, G7587, G7591...
34 departures from 07:15 to 18:52
1h18m - 2h06m
D3125, D2281, D3135, D3141...
5 departures from 06:43 to 12:37
1h43m - 2h47m
Nanjing G7032, G1970, G3124, G1802…
154 departures from 06:13 to 22:17
44m - 1h52m
D352, D636, D3072, D3056...
26 departures from 06:49 to 22:32
1h21m - 1h59m
Beijing G4, G104, G112, G116…
19 departures from 07:24 to 18:12
4h10m - 5h45m
D710 at 22:10 11h14m

G1936, G1932, G1974, G1970...
7 departures from 06:35 to 16:34

6h12m - 8h20m

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.