2 Days Private Tour to Suzhou & Tongli Water Town

Code: SZ05
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Day 1 Arrival in Suzhou
Garden of the Master of the Nets
This morning, our guide will be waiting for your arrival at Suzhou Railway Station and escort you to check in the downtown hotel. Suzhou has long boasted many superior classical Chinese gardens, which combines buildings with natural scenery, water and rockery perfectly. Your private Suzhou tour today starts with a visit to the Humble Administrator's Garden. The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest classical garden in this region and praised to be one of the top four gardens in China. Next, you will visit the adjacent Suzhou Museum (Closed on Mondays). This museum with its abundant exhibitions embodies the history, art and culture of this city and Yangtze River Delta.

After that, your guide will accompany you to take a short cruise along the old canal and arrive at Pingjiang Road. It is a nice street lined with old traditional buildings, many souvenir shops and restaurants. Over there, our private guide will give you some free time to walk along this street and feel the old style Chinese market environment. You may try some local food at one of the restaurants. Then you will meet your guide at the designated time and have a night tour to the Garden of the Master of Nets. Upon arrival, you will be surprised by its ingenious gardening in a compact space. Benefiting from its lettered masters, this garden has the most artistic and cultural relics. By visiting the illuminated garden, you will also enjoy several traditional Chinese music performances, Kun Opera and Suzhou Pingtan show.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station)
Remark: The night tour in the Garden of the Master of Nets is from 19:30 to 21:30. It is only available from April to November. If you travel in other months, we will arrange an afternoon tour in this garden.
Day 2 Suzhou - Tongli - Suzhou
Tongli water town
Possessing gifted location, the tranquil water town of local residence is another highlight in this region. Today, we are driving to Tongli, a typical water town with waterways dividing the whole area into seven parts. Nearly all the residences in the town are facing the water. There are around 50 stone bridges connecting each separated islands, among which the Ternate Bridge crossing over three rivers is the most attractive sight. Additionally, you can also stop by elegant gardens, former residences of celebrities, and themed exhibitions in Tongli, such as Retreat and Reflection Garden, Chongben Hall, Jiayin Hall, and Wang Shao'ao Memorial Hall. Apart of sightseeing, you can taste local snacks along the Ming and Qing Street and Zhuhangdai Street. It is also brimmed with tea houses where not only can you take a sip of the fragrant tea, but also enjoy the Suzhou Pingtan - an oral art performance in Wu dialect.

After that, we will escort you back to Suzhou and then you will spend the rest of the day in Panmen Scenic Area. Over there, you could see the Ruiguang Pagoda, Panmen City Gate and Wumen Bridge. Your Suzhou 2 days tour ends here and our guide will transfer you to the Railway Station for the departure train on time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Tour Prices
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • Train ticket fare of arrival and departure
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Cristina from ITALY | Sep. 23, 2019 08:32Reply
Shanghai 72hr or 144hr?
I'm going to arrive at Shanghai airport at 6:35 on oct, 13th and I'm going to leave on oct, 16th at 1:10 am. Basically my stay is less than 72hr (if it is considered from 00:00 of oct 17th. ) . I was planning on visiting Suzhou. In order to do that do I have to apply for a 144hr visa exemption? Can I do that even if my stay would be of less than 72hr?
In that case do you suggest to do the online preapplication?
Moreover I don't have the eticket number for my flight from Shanghai. Will the booking reference be enough?

Thank you very much,
Answers (3)
Answered by CDKING from US | Sep. 23, 2019 08:52

You need to obtain the confirmation that includes the 16 digit ticket number. You should be able to contact the airline to obtain e-ticket receipt. As long as your route qualifies, Country A > Shanghai > Country B then you will be eligible for the transit without visa. Shanghai doesn't have a 72 hour option so as long as your stay is more than 24 hours then you will be given the 144 hour option. You are allowed to travel to Suzhou on the 144 hour option since its part of the Shanghai transit zone.
Answered by Cristina from ITALY | Sep. 23, 2019 23:10

Thank you very much!Yes, it qualifies because I come from Singapore and I go to Japan but with peach airline (from China to Japan) I can't find the eticket number. I have the eticket number for Singapore-Shanghai (different airline)
Answered by Cristina from ITALY | Sep. 24, 2019 00:13

I just spoke with the airline and I was told that eticket numbers don't exist for their tickets. Would it be enough booking reference and seat confirmation?
Thank you
Asked by Roberto from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 06, 2019 04:16Reply
How do I go to Taihu Lake from Suzhou Industrial Park?
I am staying at 366 Linquan Street in the Science Education and Innovation District.
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Aria from FRANCE | Aug. 12, 2019 18:59

Take bus no. Kuai 2 to North Coach Station. Then take bus no. Kuai 8 to South Square of Suzhou Railway Station and transfer to bus no. Kuai 3 to Taihu Wetland Park.
Asked by Aditya from INDIA | Jul. 13, 2019 15:43Reply
How can I get to Pudong airport from suzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 15, 2019 00:53

You can take a direct shuttle bus from the Suzhou Sports Center to the airport and it takes about CNY70 per person. The duration is about 3.5 hours and the bus operates from 1:00 to 20:00 with an interval about 1 hour.
Asked by Jane from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 19, 2019 10:01Reply
How can I get to Suzhou from Shanghai to visit the gardens?
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Answered by Janny from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 20, 2019 01:16

From Shanghai to Suzhou, you can take bullet train from Shanghai Hongqiao Station to Suzhou Railway Station. Then you can take Bus Line 40 to Beiyuan Road and walk southwest about 250m to the Humble Administrator's Garden.
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