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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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Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

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Save hours wasted waiting on taxis and soak up Suzhou’s old-world charms in just a day on this classic door-to-door private tour. Check all the Suzhou boxes—a classical garden, a silk factory, a temple, and the ancient street—with a private guide and driver. Start at the Lingering Garden, tour Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, and Pingjiang Road, then discover the art of silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.19
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$139.19
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Private: One-Day Suzhou and Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Private: One-Day Suzhou and Tongli Tour from Shanghai

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Trade the neon bustle of Shanghai for a day spent exploring the region’s historical water towns on this enchanting, private tour. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle. Go for a rickshaw tour of Suzhou’s pretty Pingjiang Road before heading to a local dumpling restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the Tongli Water Town to discover evocative canals, centuries-old buildings, and the UNESCO-listed Retreat & Reflection Garden.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.47
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$215.47
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5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

5-Day Private Tour to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou by High Speed Train

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See the best of Shanghai and Suzhou on a private 2-day tour with an informative guide and small-group of up to nine guests. Visit the Shanghai Museum, walk through the lovely Yu Gardens and Bazaar, take in colonial architecture along the Bund, shop along Nanjing Road, and enjoy a Huangpu River cruise. Then travel out to Suzhou and Tongli water town to see ancient streets lined with charming old buildings and explore the Classical Garden of Suzhou.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,186.00
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$1,186.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.00
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$238.00
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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
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$143.20
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$143.20
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$170.90
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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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$227.31
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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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$151.21
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$254.94
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$254.94
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.16
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$118.16
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$296.40
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$296.40
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.97
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$226.97
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$261.34
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$261.34
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Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Half Day Suzhou Classic Tour

Discover the delights of pretty Suzhou—nicknamed ‘the Venice of the East’—on this morning or afternoon sightseeing tour. Begin with pickup at your centrally located Suzhou hotel, and spin through the city with your guide. Discover top attractions including the UNESCO–listed Classical Gardens of Suzhou, the 11th-century Panmen Gate, and Shantang Street, and enjoy fine views over the beautiful parks and canals for which Suzhou is famous.
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  • 4 hours
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$122.00
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$122.00
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Garden And Silk Museum From Shanghai

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Garden And Silk Museum From Shanghai

Discover the city of Suzhou in one day from Shanghai on this 9-hour private tour. With a guide, you'll be introduced to the beauty of the city, known for its gardens, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll visit the Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden, plus visit the Suzhou Silk Museum. Lunch is included.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$252.00
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$252.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$235.00
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$235.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.68
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$191.68
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Suzhou Day Tour

Suzhou Day Tour

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. " Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of the Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$404.00
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$404.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.97
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$226.97
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Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai: Shantang Street, Lingering Garden &Tiger Hill

Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai: Shantang Street, Lingering Garden &Tiger Hill

Suzhou is a famous historical and cultural city with a blend of classical gardens and water ancient towns. With the assistance of professional guide, we will walk into Suzhou. This tour offers a great chance to appreciate Suzhou's classical gardens, Shan Tang Street and Tiger Hill. The original allure of these sites have been preserved, and they represent Suzhou's antiquity and appreciation for art. 1. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lingering Garden. 2. Walk along Shang Tang Street and enjoy local lifestyle 3. Visit Tiger Hill and its leaning pagoda 4. Pick-up and drop-off service included
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.27
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$228.27
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Essential Suzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Essential Suzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

Follow a professional local tour guide, take this day trip to explore the highlights of Suzhou, visit the picturesque Tiger Hill, Wander along the Shantang Street (Seven-Li Shantang), enjoy the fascinating scenery of ancient town, bridges and streets, visit the typical Qing style Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) and the Buddhist Hanshan Temple. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.34
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$248.34
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Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai: Lingering Garden, Shantang Street &Tiger Hill

Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai: Lingering Garden, Shantang Street &Tiger Hill

Suzhou is a famous historical and cultural city with a blend of classical gardens and water ancient towns. With the assistance of professional guide, we will walk into Suzhou. This tour offers a great chance to appreciate Suzhou's classical gardens, Shan Tang Street and Tiger Hill. The original allure of these sites have been preserved, and they represent Suzhou's antiquity and appreciation for art. 1. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lingering Garden. 2. Walk along Shang Tang Street and enjoy local lifestyle 3. Visit Tiger Hill and its leaning pagoda 4. Experience high-speed trains and local public transportations 5. Pick-up and drop-off service included 6. Round trip train tickets from Shanghai to Suzhou included
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.82
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$161.82
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Private Shanghai Water Town Day Tour

Private Shanghai Water Town Day Tour

Visit one of the most famous watertown in Shanghai, Tongli Watertown. Savor a delightful Suzhou style lunch. Stroll along the Pingjiang Road, Explore Lingering, the most popular attraction in Suzhou and enjoy a peaceful boat ride along the ancient grand canal. A comprehensive package with private driver, entrance fees and lunch are all inclusive
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$329.00
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$329.00
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Suzhou 2-Day Private Tour with Tongli Water Village

Suzhou 2-Day Private Tour with Tongli Water Village

1) Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Humber Administrator's Garden; 2) Stroll in the Lingering Garden, see lotus ponds and bamboo groves in Summer; 3) Visit Panmen Gate - the oldest city gate of Suzhou; 4) Walk through Shantang Street, an ancient riverside pedestrian road to discover the local business and staged fol activities; 5) Enjoy a relax walking tour in Tongli Water Town; 7) Travel in an air-conditioned private vehicle;
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.49
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$365.49
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What are Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation?
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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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Should I book Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) can get crowded. 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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How much does it cost to visit Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) costs USD 110.15. Guided Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) tours start around USD 110.15 per person.
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