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Private Suzhou Classic Tour--Full Day Tour

  • Explore Suzhou in style with a private guide and driver
  • Stroll among lotus ponds and bamboo groves in the Lingering Garden

  • Follow the journey of silk from cocoon to embroidery at a silk factory

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.
What to Expect

Meet your private guide upon pickup at the Suzhou railway station or your hotel lobby in Suzhou. Set out on a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle, and talk with your guide about any particular interests you have so the commentary and itinerary can be customized.

First, visit Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing. Wander through the trails and portals of this delicately-planned garden that carefully combines traditional Chinese architecture with natural beauty.


Next stop is Panmen Gate, which is a historical landmark in Suzhou. Panmen Gate is China's existing only water and land parallel gate, is one of the signs of the ancient city of Suzhou. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Built by Wu State during the spring and autumn period, Panmen is the only ancient city wall still intact in Suzhou.


Continue your tour to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens.

After lunch, drive to Pingjiang Historic Street. To experience the authentic taste of city life in old Suzhou, a stroll down Street, which is a great way to get acquainted with the local vibe. Quiet, leafy and slow-paced, the street is lined with old Chinese houses as well as restaurants and teahouses serving traditional foods and drinks. What’s more, there are a variety of upscale cafes catering to the chic crowd at each corner. You can taste a few traditional Chinese snacks while your guide tells you more about the history of the street.


The final stop is Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill, which has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. The city has been a center of China's silk trade for many centuries. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill has been a proud steward of this heritage for over 80 years. It's more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the beginning and the whole silk process. Not to be missed.


Drive back to your hotel or the train station after the tour is concluded.

Reviews (11)
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Reviewed yesterday
Excellent tour - great use of time!

I booked the tour very last time (less than 24 hours notice). I required one day Suzhou tour and get the reply very promptly. The tour went very well, my husband and I had a fantastic time on our tour to Lingering Garden, Hanshan Temple,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Clinbl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A well planned and excellent tour

I should say it was well planned and organized..Very satisfied and was wonderful. Special thanks to the tour guide who made it an amazing tour. Many thanks and will definitely plan again :)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jessicarevera
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile
2nd time is a charm

Its my second time back in Suzhou and I really enjoyed it than my first one. Our tour guide Bob speaks very good English and very passionate about explaining Suzhou’s history and culture. Out of the 5 places we’ve been that day the Panmen Gate...More

Thank leecS1890SF
hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear Lee, Thanks for your time and your 5 stars review for our tour guide Bob. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed this trip more than the first one. Yes, all our tours are customized to meet your needs and very flexible. Bob told...More

Reviewed April 2, 2018
amazing day and tour

This tor was amazing. We went on this amazing cruise alone the cannel and had a great dumping lunch. Our tour guide was amazing

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Kaos0421
Reviewed March 10, 2018
Excellent, great way to see Suzhou

I was visiting Suzhou for work and had one day to fit some sightseeing in so decided to splash out and book myself a private tour which turned out to be a fantastic day. Susan was a great guide and see fit the day around...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Melanie Y
hangzhouprivatetour, Manager at China Private Tours-Suzhou Private One-day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

Dear Melanie, Thanks for your excellent review for our guide Susan. Susan is one of our best tour guides in our company with great knowledge of the city. All our guides are well trained and make effort to provide best tour experiences to our clients....More

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