Splendid tranquility & culture of 2 unique water towns
Rock pools, ponds & flowers of beautiful Lingering Garden
Chance to learn the art of silk-making at the Silk Factory
Chinese-style lunch enjoyed in a traditional restaurant
A visit to the twin bridges—Shide & Youngan—of Zhouzhang
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water villages
Hotel pick-up and drop-off from hotels in Shanghai city centre
English-speaking tour guide
What you can expect
Delight in an excursion to leave the hustle and bustle of Shanghai behind as you journey to the ancient water towns of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Along the way, savor a traditional-Chinese lunch and the opportunity to learn how silk is crafted from worm to luxurious garments.
Hop into the awaiting vehicle at your Shanghai hotel and set off toward Suzhou water town. As one of the oldest in the Yangtze basin, this elegant town, spread across lakes and canals, is world-renowned for its beautiful gardens. Visit the Lingering Garden and marvel at the skill of the gardeners from ancient times that had the foresight to cultivate plants into a timeless masterpiece.
Next, see a different sort of skill as you watch the production of silk, one of China's biggest exports. Be amazed by the amount of labor required to transform the silky string of silkworms into fabrics for kimonos and highly prized clothing. Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy an authentic meal at a local restaurant.
With a contentment born of a full stomach and stimulated mind, journey to your last stop. Zhouzhuang is most often thought of for the well-preserved residential houses that line its many canals. Snap a photo of its iconic twin bridges, Shide and Yongan, as you explore the multitude of waterways and flower-lined streets. Your guide tells you about the fascinating history and day to day lives of people who live in such an interesting town before you return to Shanghai.