Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey

Suzhou’s Gardens
and Silk Journey

The former capital of the Wu Kingdom, the ancient centre of Wu culture and now a city that
moves forwards in a fast way but without forgetting its past: Suzhou’s imperial gardens
and silk industry importance form the backbone of a full-day exploration.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Its impeccable imperial gardens; its museums; wandering roads where you have the chance to get lost in a UNESCO-protected atmosphere, and all this within easy reach of the organized hectic lifestyle of bustling Shanghai. We’re talking Suzhou, and when we talk Suzhou, it is blending the ancient and historically treasured with its deeply-rooted Chinese culture.

This city is a treat for the culturally-minded once you tread away for the growing modern and forward-thinking Chinese development plans. It still boasts its charms for a full day exploration when looking to grasp a sense of what still may linger in the Suzhou’s moving dynasty eras.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Suzhou’s Gardens and Silk Journey

08:00 - 16:00

As soon as we leave Shanghai, the world changes from one of the world’s largest metropolis to a satellite city that boasts some of its lauded treasures. We commence with heading over to one of the main attractions of the city; two of its imperial gardens. Once the secluded grounds of government officials and the aristocracy, they are now accessible to the public as a representation of China from a bygone era. The Humble Administrator’s Garden, once the private garden of a former government servant and now, is a well-maintained and balanced-out collection of water features, rock formations and pavilions, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Secondly, the Garden of the Master of Nets may not topple the list as one of the most extensive one, but its compact size has drawn crowds for its space and the illusion of making it feel larger than it actually is and still keeps a tranquil aura within Suzhou. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we admire the finest treads in life as we pay a visit to the Silk Museum of Suzhou. A time-honoured presence in Suzhou is dedicated to the work done by both silkworks and artisans, who have kept the traditions alive. It also marks the importance of Suzhou in the silk industry since weaving was introduced to the city during the 12th century.

Finally, we enter Pingjiang Road, the most recognizable historical street of Suzhou. A gateway when trade was still more tradition, this landmark in its own right is located in the North-eastern side of Suzhou. Only 1606 meters in length, it once formed the main trading aorta for commerce and transportation. We leave Suzhou and head back to Shanghai at the end of the afternoon; with ample mementoes that form a lineage to the dynasties, this city has still some spirit in itself, not going to trade upon its past to meet the future.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise terminal and Shanghai’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.

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