Top 10 China Garden Tours To Discover The Magnificent Chinese Garden Culture

China is world-renowned for its extraordinary landscape gardens. Over thousands of years, this garden style has become part of the culture, evolving to create idealized diminutive landscapes that represent the harmony that ought to exist betwixt nature and humanity. Here are the top 10 China garden tours to discover the magnificent Chinese garden culture.

One-Day Breathtaking Suzhou and Tongli Tour

The beautiful city of Suzhou is world-renowned for its classical Chinese gardens, which were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. On this China garden tour amongst other activities, you will have the chance to explore the stunning Humble Administrator’s Garden, considered one of the best gardens in all of China. Constructed during the Ming dynasty in 1509 CE, it was the private garden of a former government official. Its beautiful scenery includes lush forests, ponds, and pools, hills and rock formations, pavilions and halls.

One-Day Beautiful Dalian Tour

Considered a spectacular garden city in China, Dalian is the second-largest city in Liaoning province. On this garden tour of China, you will explore some of the must-see highlights that the city has to offer. Amongst other activities, you will discover the beautiful Labor Park, which offers numerous lush garden with an abundance of flowers and other flora, in addition to several wonderful scenic areas to appreciate the natural landscape.

3-Day Fantastic Fuzhou and Quanzhou Tour

Fuzhou is the capital of the spectacular province of Fujian province in southeastern China. In addition to discovering the beauty of this province, on this China garden tour, you will explore the spectacular West Lake Park. Constructed in 282 CE, this classic garden is considered to be one of the best-preserved in all of Fuzhou with numerous ancient pavilions and bridges.

13-Day Fantastic Monlam Festival, Beijing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, and Shanghai Tour

In addition to visiting some of China’s major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, on this China garden tour you will also have the incredible opportunity to discover some of the country’s most incredible gardens. You will visit the breathtaking imperial garden in the Forbidden City, and Shanghai’s Yuyuan Garden, which is considered one of the greatest examples of Chinese classical garden style in the country.

11-Day Exceptional Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai Tour

While visiting some of China’s major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, you explore some exquisite gardens on this garden tour of China. Amongst other activities, you have the opportunity to visit the extraordinary Summer Palace, which is the largest imperial garden in China, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, while in Shanghai, you will visit the utterly magnificent Yu Garden. Built in 1559 CE, this is the most famous garden in the city.

11-Day Fantastic Beijing, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai Tour

In addition to exploring some of the major cities, on this China garden tour, you will also have the opportunity to discover the exceptional Chinese garden culture. Amongst other activities, you will have the opportunity to visit the exquisitely designed classic gardens of Suzhou. In 1997 and 2000, eight of the finest gardens found in the city were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These gardens are considered the apotheosis of classical Chinese garden design.

12-Day Exquisite Beijing, Xi’an, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, and Shanghai Tour 

Not only will you have the opportunity to explore some of the country’s major cities, on this China garden tour you will have the chance to visit some of the most incredible gardens. Among the stunning examples of Chinese garden culture that you will experience include, Jingshan Park the former imperial garden of the Ming and Qing dynasties, which overlooks the entire Forbidden City, the stunning Summer Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest imperial garden in China, and Yu Garden, which is the most famous private garden in Shanghai.

13-Day Sensational Luxury Tour of China with a Yangtze River Cruise

Not only will you travel in the lap of luxury on this China garden tour, but you will also discover extraordinary things including Chinese garden culture. Amongst other activities throughout this nearly two-week tour, you will have the chance to explore the largest imperial garden in the country, the Summer Palace, which was constructed as a summer resort for the Qing dynasty empress, Dowager Cixi. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to explore Shanghai’s most famous private garden, Yu Garden, and some of the most renowned gardens found in Hong Kong.

One-Day Fascinating Tour of Nanxun Ancient Town

On this amazing garden tour of China, you will have the opportunity to explore the ancient town of Nanxun, which features several exquisitely designed private gardens. Located two hours from Shanghai, Nanxun is located on the border of Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces. It features several wonderfully designed gardens, which are incredibly well preserved, including the private garden in Xiao Lian Villa, and Wenyuan Garden.

8-Day Awesome Wonders of China with Gubei Water Town Tour

This phenomenal China garden tour gives you the chance to explore the wonders of China, including its incredible garden culture. Amongst other activities, visit the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in the world, The Summer Palace, which was built in the late Qing Dynasty as the summer resort for the Empress Dowager Cixi. In addition, you will explore one of the most beloved landmarks in Shanghai, Yu Garden. Dating from 1559 CE, it is the most famous private garden in the entire metropolis.

Recommended China Garden Tours

One Day Breathtaking Suzhou and Tongli Tour from Shanghai

Exquisitely designed private garden in Suzhou. The well-preserved ancient residence and stone bridges in Tongli. Leisurely boat rowing experience in Tongli.

Two-Day Magnificent Suzhou and Wuzhen Ancient Town Tour

The tour explores the exquisitely designed private garden, Humble Administrator’s Garden, the ancient Panmen Gate, and Wuzhen, one of the Top 6 ancient water towns south of the Yangtze River.

13-Day Sensational Luxury Tour of China with a Yangtze River Cruise

Visiting 4 of the most visited cities (Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Hong Kong). Touring the most famous cultural and historic sites in China. The leisurely cruise on the Yangtze River on the 5-star luxurious Yangtze Explorer. Carefully selected luxury 5-star hotels/boutique hotels in each city. First/business class seats on domestic flights.

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