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Day 1 Arrival at Suzhou
Activity: Kun Opera.
Meals: Chinese Lunch
Nanlin Hotel **** or similar class
Welcome to Suzhou, the beautiful water city with exquisite private gardens, intersecting waterways, and exquisite culture. It is an ancient city both with classic and modern elements. It’s considered to be the “Venice of the Orient”.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up from Suzhou railway station by our local guide. Then you will spend a full day exploring the highlights of the city. First, visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, which was originally built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and listed as one f the most beautiful gardens in China. It was initially a private garden of a former government official. Water is the major theme of the garden and its scenery includes small forests, rock formations, pavilions, halls, and parlors. Then, visit Panmen Gate, which is the only gate for both the land and water. Standing on the gate, you will see the famous Grand Canal.
Lunch will be a delicious local Chinese meal.
After Lunch, you will visit the famous Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute. You will find the beautiful and amazing double-sided embroidery which is unique in China. Continue on the tour, to the ancient Pingjiang Historical Street. This section features the stone flagging road, well-preserved traditional residents, laneways, and waterways. After that, you will go to a nice tea house located on Pingjiang Road. and enjoy the world famous Kun Opera. You will have the chance to observe the intricate pre-performance process and the interesting Kun Opera performance. Afterward, drive back to your hotel.
Day 2 Suzhou-Tongli-departure
Activities: Rowboat ride in Tongli Water Town.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, Chinese Lunch
After breakfast, you will be transferred to explore Tongli Ancient Water Town, which is considered one of the most incredible south of Yangtze River. The town was originally built in the Song Dynasty. Most of the buildings in the town were built in Ming and Qing dynasties. 15 small canals divide the town into 7 different islets, and 49 well-preserved bridges. You will tour the highlights of the town including the Ming and Qing dynasties streets, Genle Hall, Tuisi Garden, Jiayin Hall, etc. You will also stop at the famous local Nanyuan Tea house, to enjoy a delicious cup of tea and relax. During the visit, you will also take a leisurely rowboat trip on the canals to explore the water town and experience the local lifestyle.
Lunch will be a tasty Chinese meal at a local restaurant in the town.
After the tour, drive back to Suzhou. Therefore, the end of your pleasant trip in Suzhou.
Ancient Town, garden, Historic, Outdoor Activity, UNESCO, Walking Tour, World Heritage Site
Attractions: Humble Administrator's Garden, Kun Opera, Panmen Gate, Pingjiang Historical Street, Suzhou Embroidery Research Institute, Tongli Ancient Water Town
Cities visited: Suzhou, Tongli
Provinces visited: Jiangsu
Ideal seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn
Ideal audiences: Seniors, Singles, Couples, Dating, Family
Religions: Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, Bahá'í
Type of transportation: Private Car