Suzhou UNESCO world heritage gardens and nearby China water towns open a window to stroll into the real ancient China. See picturesque pools, pavilions, rocks and exquisite wood carvings in the Fengshui gardens, enjoy a leisure boat in the water town and explore the Grand Canal.
A shot stay (within 6 days) from Shanghai to Suzhou is more convinient now, visa free! Since Jan. 30th 2016, citizens from 51 countries can transfer in China via any of the following ports of entry including Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Railway Station, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport without Chinese visas by producing their own valid international travel documents and onward air / vessel / train tickets to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat within 144 hours upon arrival, and can stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for 144 hours.
You can visit Suzhou at any time. Every season has different beautiful scenery. Beautiful flowers in spring and colorful leaves in autumn make them more popular. Avoid Chinese national holidays like May 1st, China National Day (Oct.1th-7th).
Suzhou Garden- listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. A peaceful and unique place to see traditional ancient Chinese houses. Humble Administrator’s garden , Lingering Garden and the Master-of-Nets Garden are popular gardens on everyone’s must visit list.
China Water Towns display the local life of Jiangnan (the south region of the Yangtze River). Taking a gondola along the ancient canal town should not be missed. Wuzhen, Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Xitang, Luzhi and Nanxun water towns are the top 6 water towns of China.
The Grand Canal, the longest ancient canal in China. A boat ride is a fascinating glimpse of ancient China with many old houses.
High speed train from Shanghai to Suzhou can be as short as 40 min and Hangzhou to Suzhou is around 2h. Usually, we can arrange a non-smoking car to maximum your comfort and time.