Suzhou Classic Gardens Day Trip

During this trip, you will explore some hidden gems in “the most beautiful and welcoming city in South China”: Suzhou.

First, you will visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden where you can gain an insight into the Chinese garden art of 500 years ago, take a rickshaw to Pingjiang Street, have lunch at a well-appointed local Suzhou restaurant, then take a nice walk in the nearby bazaar to walk off your repast.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the most elegant garden in Suzhou: the Master of the Nets Garden. Transport can be tailored to suit your needs, with Shanghai hotel return transport as standard.

Important Note:

This tour will be closed starting on June 1st, 2017. If you still are interested in this tour itinerary, we can arrange a private tour for you. Please don't hesitate to send your requests to Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Tour Highlights

Explore the largest and finest gardens in southern China in one day: the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden.

Take a rickshaw to the narrow alleys of Suzhou and experience the elegance of South China.

Visit Suzhou Garden Museum in the Humble Administrator's Garden.

Stroll along the old Pingjiang Street and experience the essence of Suzhou.


You Get More with China Highlights

There are free drinking water and other types of refreshment available at the China Highlights Refreshments Kiosk.

Gain a deeper insight into the beating heart of this beautiful and elegant garden city with China Highlights’ insider narration on its attractions.

You will be supplied with a video and six documents to help you discover the hidden gems of Suzhou and its environs.

See more on What Makes Us Different below.


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Detailed Itinerary

The evening before your tour
Tour Guide

Your Guide


The evening before your tour, your China Highlights guide will call you between 7pm and 8pm to confirm the departure time. If you don’t answer, your guide will leave a message for you at the front desk. If you’ve neither received a message nor a call after 8pm, contact the China Highlights Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will be more than happy to solve your problems on the spot.

8:30am–10am on the Day of Your Tour
Collection from Your Hotel and Transfer to Suzhou

Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby between 8am and 8:30am (he/she will contact you with the exact collection time the day before your departure).

On the morning of your tour, your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby, holding a placard displaying the China Highlights logo and your name on it. Simply show your confirmation letter and you will be guided to our vehicle.

A comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to the largest garden in Suzhou, which is widely considered to be the finest garden in southern China. The journey will take about 1½ hours.

Good to Know:

  • Your tour guide can share free Wi-Fi hotspot to keep you connected anytime and anywhere, speed up to 2MB/s. Normally it can support you to send and receive email or photos, but cannot upload or browse videos. Kindly ask your guide if you need it.
  • Our vehicles are “business class” with a China Highlights logo. Yours will be waiting at the hotel entrance. Our vehicles have GPS system so that drivers can foresee the traffic situation and decide which way to go to stay away from traffic jams. We will do our best to help you spend your precious time in interesting places.
  • If you plan to leave Shanghai after your day tour, please check out from your hotel before departure. Normally it will take 10 to 20 minutes for hotel staff to complete the procedure. You may leave your luggage in our vehicle, and we can transfer your to the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (not Pudong Airport) or any train stations straight after the tour (for free!) to make best use of your time. You will need 1 hour to be transferred from the city center to airport, and you will need to be at the airport 1½ hours before a domestic flight, or 2½ hours before an international flight. Tell us about your departure time when booking, and remind our guide, and we will make arrangements accordingly.
  • Poor air can be the most concern when you are travelling in China. There're good days. There're bad days. We tested the AOI in a smog day, the index is up to 260, even in a completely sealed car, the index is also up to 140. Generally speaking, an AQI level of 100 is generally seen as the upper limit for healthy air. So we equip with an air purifier in each vehicle. Experiment has proved that the index in car is down to 30. Don't let the bad weather day get you down. We are always doing our best to make you enjoy your trip better.

Your Tour Guide Will be waiting for you at your hotel.

Air Purifier

Suzhou, the most beautiful city under the heaven.

Visit the Humble Administrator's Garden

The Humble Administrator's Garden, built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty, is located at 178 Dongbei Street in Suzhou City. It is the largest and most renowned classical landscape garden in Suzhou, covering an area of 5.2 hectares (13 acres).

As one of the four most famous gardens in China, it is a 5A tourist attraction and listed in the Key National Historical Conservation Units, and it currently stands as one of the most valuable cultural relics in the world.

The Suzhou Garden Museum consists of four exhibition halls: Original Gardens, History of Suzhou Gardens, Garden Interest, and Administration of Gardens, displaying the vicissitudes of life and elegant demeanor of Suzhou’s gardens over the past 2,000 years.

A corner of Humble Administrator's Garden

The Suzhou Embroidery Show

Rickshaw to Pingjiang Street

Instead of a long walking trip to the parking lot taken by other groups, our rickshaw will be waiting for you at the garden gate. You will ride it in comfort to the heart of Pingjiang Street following your trip to the garden.

You will stop at a restaurant in Pingjiang Street that has been carefully selected by China Highlights. Enjoy some freshly prepared local food on the second floor where you can view the best part of Suzhou.

Good to Know:

  • We will take you to a nice local restaurant in Pingjiang Street, which the local people frequent. Other agents tend to take clients to standardized “tourist restaurants”.
  • The menu has been carefully selected by our product manager based on the recommendations of customers from different corners of the world to ensure a unique gourmet experience. We would be very pleased to hear from you and make a special arrangement if you have any particular requests about food.
  • The restaurant is located by the waterway, and you will enjoy your food in a separate booth on the second floor. If you open the window, you will have a nice view of Pingjiang Street, with gondolas gliding to and fro on the waterway, local people hanging out their clothes outside their houses, and local traders selling their wares. All in all, it is a picturesque scene.

Pingjiang Street in Suzhou

Lunch at Suzhou

After lunch, spend 30 minutes taking a relaxing walk along Pingjiang Street.

The street was built alongside the Pingjiang River 800 years ago. It is 1,606 meters (a mile) long and located in the northeast part of the ancient town of Suzhou, next to the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Suzhou Garden Museum. In the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties, Suzhou was also called Pingjiang, so the road was named after the area. Compared to Shantang Street, it is much quieter and more rustic.

Good to Know:

  • The street boasts an artistic atmosphere, with many interesting shops and cafés along the way. Feel free at this point to wander along the street and discover some hidden gems on your own.

Art Gallery along the Pingjiang Road

Visit the Master of the Nets Garden

Next, we will drive you to the most elegant garden in Suzhou: the Master of the Nets Garden. It is the smallest yet finest landscape garden in Suzhou City.

This 0.6-hectare (1½-acre) garden replicates an elegant structure of a typical official's residence in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). The present garden was founded on the former site of a Song Dynasty official's mansion. Its owner, an early Qing Dynasty official, Song Zongyuan, gave the garden its present name based on an earlier one, the "Fisherman's Retreat". It consists of a residential quarter and the actual garden.

Inside the refined residential quarter, the halls are linked closely by a corridor. The garden, petite but with many features, consists of a pond and is decorated with plants, rocks, pavilions, and stone bridges.

Net Master Garden

Net Master Garden

Transfer Back to Your Hotel (…or Onward)

Going back to your hotel in Shanghai will normally take about 1½ hours, depending on traffic. Or…

Onward travel: If a Shanghai train station is your destination, allow the same time. Going direct to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport normally takes about 1½ hours, while you should allow 2 hours for transferring to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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What Makes Us Different

Quality Products

We delve deep and conduct research into how best to tour Suzhou. We research our customers’ favorite spots and photo sites, and work out the best routes to cover Suzhou’s top sights:

  • Your guide will take you to visit the Suzhou Garden Museum, which other groups miss out on.
  • Ride in comfort by rickshaw to the narrow alley of Pingjiang Street and experience the elegance of South China.

For each of our Shanghai tours, our product team inspects every aspect several times to establish its quality and make sure our information is authoritative and up-to-date.

We inspects the tour to make sure the quality.


  • We reserve the entrance tickets in advance. Your guide will collect them when you arrive so you can avoid the long queue at the ticket office.
  • We have GPS in our vehicles to avoid traffic jams.
  • We will go to Zhujiajiao Water Town in the morning to avoid the crowds.
  • We purposely avoid any and every tourist trap as we want to preserve your precious time and ensure you have the best experience.

GPS on car

Friendly Guides and Quality Local Service

Our tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and well-trained. They only work for China Highlights. We do not employ freelance tour guides.

China Highlights’ distinction is that we do not source from local travel agents, who offer the most perfunctory and unimaginative tours. Having built and based our own branch in Shanghai in 2010 , we have taken every care since then to make our own unique tours and tailored experiences.

We at China Highlights aim to deliver a high quality tour to each and every one of our customers. We have more than 50 local staff in Shanghai to solve your problems on the spot.

Emergency contact: +86-13910694045 (24/7 customer service)

Friendly guide.

Tour Price

Season Adult (age 12+) Child (age 2 – 11) Infant (age < 2)
Shoulder Season* $109 USD $89 USD free
Peak Season* $119 USD $99 USD free

* Please Note: The peak season includes the following dates: 29/Apr/2017 - 01/May/2017, 01/Oct/2017 - 08/Oct/2017, 30/Dec/2017 - 01/Jan/2018, 15/Feb/2018 - 22/Feb/2018. Other dates are indicated as shoulder season.

Price Includes:

  • Admission to Humble Administrator's Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden.
  • Rickshaw to Pingjiang Street and a walk tour to Pingjiang Street.
  • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
  • English-speaking expert local guide.
  • Set-menu lunch at a restaurant in Pingjiang Street.

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel
  • Gratuities to the tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person for them). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
  • Pudong Airport transfer. Click here to book airport transfer service. (price from 18 USD p/p.)

Additional information:

China Highlights Cancellation Policy for Shanghai Tours

  • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
  • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
  • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
  • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
  • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms for cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

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