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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) Tours and Activities

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One of the four most famous classical gardens of Suzhou, the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) has World Heritage status and also showcases two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts: Pingtan and Guqin music. The garden makes fantastic use of space, with a harmonious layout of temples, statues, rockeries, halls, bridges, and ponds.

Covering almost six acres, the garden is divided into four areas: the east, west, central, and north sections, all of which are connected via a half-mile (700-meter) corridor featuring calligraphy carved into its stone walls. The central area features many buildings surrounding a pond and grotto, while the east garden includes a miniature mountain modeled after Tiantai Mountain, as well as the Celestial Hall of Five Peaks, the largest hall in the garden. The west section is mostly natural, with a large rockery built during the Ming Dynasty, while the north garden, once used to grow vegetables, now showcases a range of potted plants.

Popular among families, the Lingering Garden is often visited on day trips from Shanghai that also include other famous classical gardens in Suzhou. It's common to combine a trip here with visits to the famous water towns of Zhouzhuang and Tongli, but other options include visits to Shantang Old Street and Tiger Hill. For a unique day out, book a Suzhou culture and art tour, which includes a Suzhou opera performance at the Master of Nets Garden.

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338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Eastern China, 215004
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Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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Spare yourself the challenge of negotiating with boatmen and rickshaw drivers, and let your private guide do the heavy lifting on this classic Suzhou tour. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you tour the Lingering Garden and enjoy a private cruise down the Grand Canal. After a rickshaw ride, explore Shantang Street and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill before your private driver drops you back.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.20
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$143.20
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Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Travel by bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, a relaxing 35-minute ride through the Chinese suburbs. With your local guide, visit the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road and leisurely enjoy boat ride along ancient grand canal. Round trip 1st class bullet train ticket are all inclusive.
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  • 10 hours
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$238.00
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$238.00
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Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

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Suzhou visitors that want to discover China's ancient towns can always take a group tour, but then you're one in the crowd, and stuck with a rigid itinerary. Instead, try this private tour experience, complete with a flexible itinerary and a guide—just for your group—that leads the way. Highlights include exploring the gardens and bridges of Suzhou, a stop at a silk factory, and a visit to one of the area's historic water towns—included in the tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$170.90
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Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

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Spend the day exploring Suzhou’s most important landmarks—and the nearby Tongli Water Town, too—on this flexible, private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your Suzhou hotel or train station, and venture first to the UNESCO-listed Lingering Garden, one of China’s most beautiful, classical gardens. Then, discover more about the region’s heritage when you visit the Suzhou Museum and a local silk-weaving factory. Later, you’ll discover the Tongli Water Town, famed for its many canals and lovely scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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$227.31
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All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

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Spare yourself the language challenges of taxis or public transport and experience Suzhou the way it’s meant to be experienced—with a private guide and driver. Soak up this ancient city’s classical beauty as you tour the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Besides pickup and drop-off to your hotel or the railway station, your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$118.16
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Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

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From the canals of Tongli Water Village to the pagodas of the Lingering Garden, discover the beauty of Shanghai's outlying areas on this private tour from downtown. This tour also includes a visit to a silk factory, the 1,000-year-old village of Shantang, and a traditional Chinese lunch. Your private guide will provide insightful narration throughout the tour and ensure a comfortable and convenient excursion from the city.
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  • 9 hours
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$254.94
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Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

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Put language and transport worries aside on this convenient guided tour that checks off highlights of Suzhou as well as Tongli water town. Start at the Lingering Garden, recognized by UNESCO, then discover Suzhou’s history at the Suzhou Museum and learn about silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Finally, travel back in time as you stroll the alleys, bridges, and islets of Tongli water town.
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  • 8 hours
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$151.21
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

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Save time without compromising on experience with this comprehensive private Suzhou day tour. Besides the Lingering Garden, visit quaint Tiger Hill, stroll along historic Shantang street, discover the Buddhist Hanshan Temple and the Suzhou Silk Museum, and enjoy a boat ride along the ancient canal. Your day includes a Chinese lunch and door-to-door round-trip transportation.
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  • 8 hours
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$226.97
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$226.97
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Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

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This 2 days private tour takes you to explore the most famous attractions in Suzhou, which is noted as the "Garden of City". You will be able to see Lingering Garden, one of four famous classic gardens in China, the No.1 Ancient Street--Shantang Street, the most impressive garden in Suzhou--Master of Nest Garden and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Longest artificial canal in the world--Grand Canal, etc. Moreover, the itinerary can be 100% customized based on your own interests. 
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  • 2 days
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$296.40
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2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town

2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town

As an old saying goes: Above there is a heaven, below there are Suzhou & Hangzhou. Suzhu is desirable travel destination all year round with mild climate and various classical gardens in all size. It's also praised as the 'Venice of the Orient'. This 2 days Suzhou private tour will take you to appreciate fantastic gardens with tranquil beauty and architectural splendors in Tongli Water Town.
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  • 2 days
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$295.00
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Ultimate 6 Single Days Explorer Package: Shanghai,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Huangshan

Ultimate 6 Single Days Explorer Package: Shanghai,Hangzhou,Suzhou and Huangshan

6 days trip combines Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Huangshan. Explore the oriental metropolitan Shanghai, visits “one of the most beautiful cities in the world” Hangzhou as well as the “Venice of the East” Suzhou plus UNESCO heritage site water town --Zhouzhuang. As we have so many customers suggested the combination tour include most fabulous site in east China we decided to make this ultimate package that helps the travelers to save time to think about next destination.
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  • 6 days
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$1,621.34
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Private Suzhou Half Day Garden Tour

Private Suzhou Half Day Garden Tour

Suzhou is noted aa the City of Gardens. AS the Chinese saying goes, "In heaven there is paradise; on earth are Suzhou and Hangzhou." Chinese people and foreigners alike first hear of Suzhou from this maxim.A Suzhou garden represents the original concept of "urban scenery." It is a microcosm of the world in one corner of the bustling city, composed of the basic elements of water, rocks, plants and buildings, arranged in such a way as to reflect the garden's sequential beauty -- the passage of time, contrast between morning and evening, and succeeding seasons. This tour help you expplore Suzhou classic gardens in-depth.
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  • 4 hours
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$132.00
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$132.00
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Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Visit one of the oldest cities and one of the best water towns in China at same time, also visit one of the best four private gardens in China.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$191.68
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$191.68
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Shanghai to Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Self-Guide Tour Private Round Transfer

Shanghai to Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Self-Guide Tour Private Round Transfer

Flexible 11 hours self-guide tour with private English speaking driver service. No pushing and rushing day trip. Hotel pick up and drop off include whatever your Shanghai hotel location, all tolls , gas, parking fee an no limited bottled water included.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$170.67
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$170.67
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Suzhou Garden Tour from Shanghai: 4 Best Gardens in A Day

Suzhou Garden Tour from Shanghai: 4 Best Gardens in A Day

1) The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a group of gardens in Suzhou. panning a period of almost one thousand years, these gardens, most of them built by scholars, standardized many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills, and rivers with strategically located pavilions and pagodas. That is exactly why we want you to spend a whole day to touch the four most famous gardens in Suzhou by driving from Shanghai for about 1.5 hours. 2) The four finest gardens were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to represent the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens. 3) Driving from Shanghai rather than taking a bullet train (although with frequent departures) can save you big hassle of the check-in and check-out at the train station where it is often chaotic and time-consuming. The highway between Shanghai and Suzhou is of great condition and very safe to use. 4) Excellent English-speaking guide.
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  • 10 hours
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$235.00
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$235.00
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2-day the Best of Shanghai and Suzhou Gardens Private Tour

2-day the Best of Shanghai and Suzhou Gardens Private Tour

This 2-day tour covers the best of the best of Shanghai of the most famous landmarks and of Suzhou of the finest Chinese private gardens. 1) The most trusted international tour company that has been serving over 78,000 guests from 96 countries in the past 20 years. 2) Excellent and licensed English-speaking guide (Russian, Spanish, German, French language-speaking guides also available upon request). 3) Our chauffeurs have 100% excellent safe-driving records. 4) Safe food to serve you in a restaurant certified by us. 5) In-depth tour of the attractions listed. No hurry-up. Just enjoy your time! 6) Hotel pickup and drop-off at your hotel. 7) Private tour only for you with no strangers in the group. 8) Guaranteed no shopping! 90% of Chinese tour companies tend to rip you off by taking you to the shops. Not us! 9) One night hotel in Suzhou included. You won't have to search and book.
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  • 1 day 12 hours
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$484.00
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$484.00
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Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Suzhou’s rock and water classical gardens have been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. Spare yourself the hassles of navigating Suzhou with a private door-to-door day tour, a must for anyone who’s serious about garden design. Explore no fewer than three of the city’s most iconic gardens—the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, and the Lingering Garden—tour the Suzhou Silk Museum and enjoy a Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$226.97
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$226.97
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Full-day Private Tour of Top Suzhou Gardens

Full-day Private Tour of Top Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou is a city famous for its abundant classical gardens, for China’s four most famous gardens, two of them are in Suzhou. This is a customized private day trip covering Suzhou fantastic gardens, follow a knowledgeable guide to explore the top gardens and learn e splendid history and culture.
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  • 8 hours
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$210.95
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$210.95
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7-Day Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou Amazing City Highlights

7-Day Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou Amazing City Highlights

Hit the highlights without the hassles of planning on this 7-day private sightseeing trip of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Visit Six world famous attractions including The Bund, Yu Garden Jade Temple, Shanghai Tower, Tong Li Water Town, Pagoda of six harmonies for a more. Convenient Bullet Train Experiences are all inclusive.
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  • 7 days
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$2,150.00
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$2,150.00
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Full-Day Suzhou Garden and Water Town Srightseeing From Shanghai

Full-Day Suzhou Garden and Water Town Srightseeing From Shanghai

The exquisite gardens in Suzhou and the beautiful water town interspersed with crisscrossing water lanes in Zhouzhuang attracts many travelers, you should never miss them while you are in Shanghai. Spend one day on the private guided trip from Shanghai, view old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties in Suzhou and witness local villagers leading their simple and peaceful life in Zhouzhuang.
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  • 9 hours
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$261.34
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$261.34
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From Shanghai: Private Trip of Suzhou in One Day

From Shanghai: Private Trip of Suzhou in One Day

Spend one day on the private guided trip from Shanghai, view old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties in Suzhou and witness local villagers leading their simple and peaceful life in Zhouzhuang. You should never miss the exquisite gardens in Suzhou and the beautiful water town while you are in Shanghai.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$261.34
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$261.34
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Private Customizable Tour: From Shanghai To Suzhou With Chinese Lunch

Private Customizable Tour: From Shanghai To Suzhou With Chinese Lunch

Take one day from Shanghai to Suzhou, the richest city in ancient China. 1.Non shopping tour 2.No tourist traps 3.No hidding fee 4.The best use of time 5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary 7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles 8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$297.60
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$297.60
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Six-day package tour of Shanghai, Tongli, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Mount Huangshan

Six-day package tour of Shanghai, Tongli, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Mount Huangshan

The first day of the tour you will visit from the Bund and the Old Town to the backstreets of the former French Concession in Shanghai. The paradise city Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in China, founded in about 600 BC. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as " The Venice of the East. " You can walk or take a cruise dawdling around willow-fringed West Lake in Hangzhou, one of the nation's top sights, the most famous city lake in China, it's vast, placid and beautiful in equal measure, with its pagoda-capped hills to the north, picturesque causeways and lakeside gardens and parks. The Huangshan Mountain, China's most renowned mountain, is often referred to as the "most fantastic mountain under heaven". It's unique beauty blends the amazing grandeur, awful steepness, the misty clouds, the torrential waterfalls, the grotesque rocks, and the shy recesses. In 1990, it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$5,857.14
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$5,857.14
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One day cultural SuZhou tour by Bullet Train from Shanghai

One day cultural SuZhou tour by Bullet Train from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou with it’s highlights in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, we take Bullet Train from Shanghai and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Lingering Garden, Drive pass and stop by Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road, Pan Ancient Gate, and optional No.1 silk factory . Enjoy authentic SuZhou style Lunch at Riverside Restaurant.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.00
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$192.00

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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation: Daily 7:30am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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