Private Suzhou Tour From Shanghai including Lion Grove Garden and Kunqu Opera

40 booked 3.0 hours
This tour will show you a few interesting and famous tourists’ attractions including the well-known classical Lion Grove Garden which is an ancient temple garden built in Yuan Dynasty, well-designed Suzhou Museum by I.M.Pei and a canal boat cruise to most traditional local community Pingjiang Road. Meanwhile this tour will offer you an opportunity to try different public ways of transportation (subway,bus or taxi) so that you will experience local people’s normal life fully.
In the morning, please go to Shanghai Railway Station by yourself and take a high-speed train to Suzhou Railway Station. We will forward your high-speed train ticket(s) to your hotel in advance. Upon arrival, meet your personal tour guide at the exit and firstly transfer to the Suzhou Museum, which was designed by I. M. Pei, a Chinese American architect having designed John F. Kennedy Library, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in USA and Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong ,etc and won the Pritzker Prize called the Nobel Prize of architecture,and in Suzhou Museum you can appreciate a lot of cultural relics and antiques which help you know more about Chinese history and culture.

Secondly,you will visit the Lion Grove Garden,was built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty by a Zen Buddhist monk, Wen Tianru, in memory of his teacher-Abbot Zhongfeng is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks at its center. The name of the garden is derived from the shape of these rocks, which are said to resemble lions."Of all the famous rock-gardens in history, only one has survived. Hence the name.By the way, this garden was owned by the family Pei and I. M. Pei spent his childhood in this garden before.

After paying a visit to the garden you will have a canal boat cruise to Pingjiang Road which is about 1.6km long and an ancient canal-side street located in the city of Suzhou. Its surroundings have been around for more than 800 years lined with quaint old bookshops, local theaters, and traditional Suzhou houses with whitewashed walls and black tiles and different kind of gifts shops.Walk along the Pingjiang Street and have a special dim-sum dinner which has a combination of nine dishes.

Then you will visit the Master of the Nets Garden, originally called Ten Thousand Volumes Hall, was first constructed in 1140 by a high official who resigned from the Southern Song Dynasty government,and he often referred to himself as a fisherman because he hated the vicious competition in the Imperial Court so he wished to live like a fisherman, as an allusion to the simple life of a fisherman.The visit to the garden at night shows you different kinds of performances including Kunqu Opera performance, different musical instruments' performance, dancing,pingtan (one local artistic form) and so on.

In the end, your guide will send you back to Suzhou Railway Station,and you will take a high-speed train to Shanghai Railway Station by yourself.

Schedule details

Departure Point:
Suzhou Railway Station or Suzhou Hotel
Departure Time:
2:00 pm  or  2:30 pm  or  3:00 pm
7 hours
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

Pricing information


USD $89.00

Pricing information

Private Suzhou Tour From Shanghai including Lion Grove Garden and Kunqu Opera

The Master of the Nets garden

  • Professional guide
  • Public Transportation in Suzhou(subway,bus or taxi)
  • Special dim-sum dinner
  • A canal boat cruise
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Transportation in Shanghai(between hotel and Shanghai Railway Station)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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