The Best of Suzhou Small Group Tour

“Suzhou is home to some of the greatest classical gardens in China. In this captivating day trip, you will explore these gardens, before enjoying a delicious local lunch, and taking a rickshaw ride through the vibrant culture of Suzhou town itself.

More Features of this Chinese Day Tour

  • Stroll between the many connected pools and islands of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the biggest in Suzhou.
  • Find the smallest stone bridge in Suzhou at the intricate Garden of the Master of Nets.
  • See the legendary sites of Tiger Hill, including the Sword-Testing Rock and Yunyan Pagoda.

Detailed Itinerary

Your friendly English speaking guide will escort you, either from your hotel lobby or the train station, to your transportation. The first stop of the day will be the Humble Administrator’s Garden.

Being one of China’s most highly regarded classical gardens, this is a must see spot in Suzhou. This extensive garden stretches across 13 acres, including many islands, bridges, pagodas and open spaces.

The next stop is the Master of the Nets Garden, where you can see the Three Steps Bridge. As the name suggests, this tiny stone bridge requires only three steps to cross. This garden has been called a ‘metaphysical masterpiece’ that often plays with the sense of size and space using ingenious optical illusions.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant, with famous Suzhou cuisine favourites like sweet and sour mandarin fish, set into the shape of a squirrel.

Next, we will take a rickshaw ride through the town of Suzhou to observe the local lifestyle and culture. You will pass by schools, markets and historical site like pagodas and ancient wells.

The final destination of the day is Tiger Hill, which stands 35 metres high, covering 3.5 acres. It is the site of many Chinese legends, including the Sword-Testing Rock, which was supposedly cut cleanly in half by a magical sword. At the bottom of the Leaning Tower Plaza there is also a place called Thousand People Rock where the thousand construction workers who built the tower were executed by the son of Wu King Helu to keep the location of his father’s burial secret.

This is the end of the day trip, and you can be taken back to the train station or your hotel.

Things to Note

Bullet train is the best way to get to Suzhou

If you are not staying at a local hotel, ask us about organizing a bullet-train round trip for you.

The Best Time to Visit Suzhou

The gardens of Suzhou are beautiful all year round, and have a different ‘vibe’ with each season. The only times to avoid are Chinese holidays including May 1st and October 1st-7th, because the park will be very busy with domestic tourists.

Nearby Destinations

If you are designing a travel plan, Shanghai and Hangzhou are both excellent destinations to visit before or after Suzhou because they are easily accessible by train and have worthwhile attractions.

At Shanghai, you can see the Shanghai World Financial Centre, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Gardens and the Bund.

At Hangzhou, you can taste Dragon Well (Longjing) tea and see the West Lake and Grand Canyon.

Destination Train Schedule Duration
Shanghai 5:00–23:00
146 trains per day
Hangzhou 8:00–19:00
13 trains per day
1hour 26m– 2hours 6m


Your Professional Guide

Throughout this tour, you will have a very friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking guide. They may be able to answer any questions you have as well as assisting you with any problems.