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Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal

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Guyunhe Travel Terminal, Side of Xinshi Bridge , Jinchang District, Suzhou 215004, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We chose to do this tour as an option on our recent trip.The cruise was fun and informative.We did visit a Musuem on this tour which was educational. However I do believe that you could just walk around the area and would still receive the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Russ D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the grand Canal tour, which was thoroughly enjoyable (second time in nine months). you cruise along in a low to the water level boat barge type thing (see my picture of one with a yellow roof), and go for about 40 minutes up...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank The-Mong
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my stops while touring China. It’s nothing like Venice. Lots of history as they are trying very hard to restore.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 864abea
Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

It was a great ride.. you pay 55 yuan for a 30-minute ride. Nice canal, highly maintained, clear water and no foul smell. Take this at night time to see the real beauty of the place... after the boat ride, you can drink at bars...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank LenHong
Reviewed March 7, 2019

Boarded a small boat for a trip along the ancient narrow canal known for its buildings and bridges. We passed by more modern and ancient Chinese architectural building. The ancient ones were more interesting with people washing their clothes, bathing with a busy shopping street...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank shark939
Reviewed March 3, 2019

It is called Venice of the East. Boat ride cruising on the grand canal, passing by Chinese architectures. Where the boat ride ends, there is shopping street selling souvenir. Popular tourist attraction spot. It is a fun activity, boat ride about 25 minutes.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ILoveFoodComa
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Many transportation that You can choose from shanghai to suzhou but for me I prefer high speed train with 2nd class seat, it take 25-30 minute only with cost 5-7 from hongqiao train station, or shanghai or shanghai west railway station. Exit on Suzhou train...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank konlie
Reviewed December 8, 2018

The boat tour along the canals took us through the traditional and very old part of Suzhou where you see the real chinese way of life The canal ride was pleasant and mind boggling to see how the other side of the world lives. After...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lele079
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

The canal is beautiful be it during the day or at sunset. Be warned there are many tourists. Walk along both sides & imagine what life was like historically. Souvenir shops are not expensive & some sell traditional handmade silk cheongsam which are very exquisite...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ceciliac455
Reviewed December 1, 2018

I didn't expect to love a city as much as I did as Suzhou. The grand canals were beautiful and we had a wonderful boat ride on the canal. So peaceful and so beautiful. We toured the local markets off the canal- really felt that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 22, 2019|
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Response from LenHong | Reviewed this property |
There is a ticket center near the dock. We went around 7pm on a Thursday night and there was no long line. We were able to purchase the ticket right away.
Nina M
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Response from Patricia P | Reviewed this property |
Ours was arranged by our tour group, it was well worth doing
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April 6, 2017|
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Response from Tim O | Reviewed this property |
The closest Metro station is "Leqiao" on Line 1. Line 4 will be closer but it is not finished yet. It is about 3km walk due south on Renmin Lu. The wharf is on the left just before you cross the canal. The price was about... More