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Day 1 Suzhou night tour
Meals: Chinese Dinner at Deyuelou Restaurant
As part of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Suzhou, Master of Nets Garden is representative of Suzhou classic private gardens. It was built in 1180 A.D. in Southern Song Dynasty and the original place of the famous Ten-Thousand Scroll Hall. The founder was Shi Zhengzhi, who was a higher level officer and famous bibliophile in the Song Dynasty. It was given the name ”Yu Yin” which meant the place for retirement and fishing. In 1770A.D. in Qing Dynasty, the retired officer Song Zongyuan bought the garden and rebuilt it. It was then given the name Master of Nets Garden.
The garden covers an area of 1.35 acres which is the smallest private garden in Suzhou. It is the traditional style of a private garden with a courtyard and garden, corridors, and pavilions. Its features are the well-planned layout, with exquisitely designed buildings, and has a long cultural history. The residential portion consists of 4 sections, including Sedan Hall, Sitting Hall, Xiexiu Tower, Five Peaks Study Room. For American visitors, if you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a small similar building will be found there. It is the Spring Temple, a place in the garden from where you can see many peonies during the Spring. The building was built according to the temple in Master of Nets Garden.
The gardens in Suzhou are beautiful during the day. However, the night views are more stunning and splendid. Master of Nets Garden is the only garden which opens at night as well, from April to October. The night tour in Master of Nets Garden is considered to be the classic tour in Suzhou and highly recommended by UNESCO since 1978. Nowadays, you can not only enjoy the stunning night views there but also have the chance to enjoy the wonderful performance, such as the incredible Kunqu Opera, Pingtan Theatre, traditional dancing, and instrument performance. You can experience the leisurely traditional lifestyle and the romance of Suzhou.
Late this afternoon, you will be picked up at your hotel lobby. Then drive to have dinner. We will arrange for you a tasty authentic Suzhou meal at the Deyuelou Restaurant which is one of the most famous restaurants in Suzhou. The most recommended famous dishes including Fried Mandarin Fish, Fried Shrimps with Biluo Green Tea, Suzhou Style Dim Sum, Boat Banquet, etc. After dinner, drive to the Master of Nets Garden and begin your night exploration tour. You will spend 2 hours there. After the tour, drive back to your hotel. Thus, the end of the memorable night tour of the garden in Suzhou.
Traditional dancing performance
culture, Food, garden, Historic, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Walking Tour
Attractions: Deyuelou Restaurant, Master of Nets Garden
Cities visited: Suzhou
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