5 Days Feel the charm of Jiangnan water towns

The 5-day Suzhou water town tour covers not only the highlights in Suzhou, but also the nearby ancient water towns. It gives visitors a chance to gain a glimpse of the local life along the water. You may also feel the differences between the two water towns after the tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Appreciate the charm and deliberate skills of the classic man-made gardens in Suzhou
  • Take a rickshaw tour around Suzhou to see the open markets and local people's life
  • Tour the ancient Zhouzhuang Water Town
  • Take a boat cruise in Tongli to see the waterside life

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Upon arrival, meet the guide at the airport arrival hall and go to the hotel together. The guide will take care of your hotel check-in. The rest of the day is on your own arrangement.

Meals: No meal, advice freely available

  • Hotels: W Suzhou, InterContinental Suzhou, Suzhou Marriott Hotel, Garden Hotel Suzhou

After breakfast, set out for an exciting tour today, starting from Lingering Garden, one of the Four Greatest Gardens in China and well known for its exquisite architectural layout and many strange stones. Then move on to feel the unique historic and cultural features of Suzhou at Panmen Scenic Area.

In the afternoon, you will have a special experience, the rickshaw tour around Suzhou. Siting on the rickshaw through the old streets & small Hutongs in Suzhou, you will see the open market and local people's life and get to know more about Suzhou.

At the end of the day, you will stroll at Pingjiang Road, which retains the architectural style of ancient times. You can see all kinds of shops over here, Suzhou traditional snacks, toys, old collections, traditional restaurants and beverage shops.

Optional evening activity: Night Show in the Master of Nets Garden (There are 8 night shows from 19:30 to 22:00 in the Master of Nets Garden. Each show will last for about 10 minutes and the guests can enjoy the shows whenever they join in. Actors and actress in ancient theatrical costumes of generous local styles play the local folk music and folk dancing for the guests in the halls or pavilions, representing a fantastic scene of "One show in one hall, shows changing while guests changing".)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Panmen Scenic AreaPanmen Scenic Area

Zhouzhuang Water Town is 18 miles (30 kilometres) southeast of Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". Surrounded by rivers and canals on all sides, Zhouzhuang is an ideal place for artists and photographers and millions of visitors home and abroad. Its winding rivers, and arched stone bridges, wooden boats and well-preserved ancient buildings are all highlights of this waterside town.

You will take a small boat to tour around this water town and have an insight view of this lovely town.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Zhouzhuang Water TownZhouzhuang Water Town

After the tour to Zhouzhuang Water Town, today, spend another day to Tongli Water Town. See whether you could feel their differences. Though most of the water towns near Suzhou are over-commercialized, Tongli retains its authentic and quaint atmosphere. Tongli Water Town is home to tranquil classical gardens, idyllic canals, traditional rowboats and ancient Bridges, as well as numerous historic buildings. A boat cruise is arranged for you to see the waterside life of the locals as many locals still live here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Tongli Water TownTongli Water Town

Be escorted to the airport or train station by the guide and driver. Wave your goodbye to them.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
Suzhou gardensSuzhou gardens

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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