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One day private tour to Suzhou with round way transfer from shanghai covering Lingering Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town

  Praised as the “Venice of Asia,” Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. Cruise along the winding waterways on this exquisite private tour that will enthrall you with unique and lingering charm of the city's landscape especially the subtle gardens covering Lingering Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town.

Tour Code :
A0166
Duration :
1 days
Destinations :
Shanghai
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $93
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    Day 1 Suzhou       Lunch    

    Lingering Garden-Zhouzhuang Water Town  

     The tour guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel in the morning from Shanghai and take on a relaxed drive to Suzhou at first. In Suzhou, you kick off your tour from the prestidious Lingering Garden, along with other classical gardens in Suzhou, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inside the garden, you have the chance of appreciating the magnificent halls, buildings in various sizes, shapes, and colors. After lunch, move to Zhouzhuang Water Town; one of the most famous water townships in China, entitled as Oriental Venice and enjoy the waterfront bustle of preserved ancient residential houses. The tour ends by sending you back to the hotel in Shanghai.

    Lingering Garden

    Lingering Garden

Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

      1.Entrance fees described in the itinerary.
      2.Air-conditioned coach
      3.Lunch
      4.English speaking guide
      5.A bottle of water a day per person

Exclusions

      1. Tips to the guide and driver
      2. Personal expense.
      3. Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your request)

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    Lingering Garden

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      The Lingering Garden was located at 338 liuyuan road, outside Changmen, Suzhou. the Lingering Garden is famous for the exquisite layout and queer stone. It is listed as one of four famous gardens together with the The Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, Summer Palace in Beijing, Summer resort in Chengde.The Lingering Garden is a large ancient private imperial garden covering area over 23300 square meters. The Lingering Garden is on behalf of landscape in Qing dynasty. The architecture inside is famous for exquisite crafts. The hall is spacious and splendor. The yards is full of changing. One do not need to go outside but obtaining all the interests outside. The garden builder use the best spacious arts in landscape. There are four parts of the garden, eastern is mainly for architecture, the middle is famous for watery mountain and gardens, west is mainly for the fake mountain, and the north is mainly for landscaping. The Lingering Garden is the first national key protection relics by the State Department in 1961. In 1997 The Lingering Garden was listed as world heritage by UNESCO and in 2001 The Lingering Garden was listed national 5A scenic spot.     The garden also stores two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts; Pingtan and Guqin music.

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      The Lingering Garden has changed hands several times after built hundreds of years. Each owner did his best to renovate and expand it. The garden was first built in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) by a retired official named Xu Tai. During the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), it was bought by Liu Shu. As a calligrapher l, he carved masterpieces on both sides of the corridors of the buildings. He had also collected odd stones in the garden. The succeeding owners followed his model when doing restoration and renovation work. Almost demolished in the 1930s, the garden was renovated by the government and then opened to the public.

      As a famous garden in Suzhou, the Lingering Garden try to make breathtaking natural landscapes within limited space. There are ancient temples, private gardens, architecture, trees and flowers together forming a beauty.

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      Of the four parts, the central part is the essence of the whole garden. This part was the original Lingering Garden while the other three were added during the Qing Dynasty. After going through winding corridors from the gate, one reaches the central part. The central part is divided into two parts: the western part and the eastern part. The former features in pools and hills while classical buildings dominate the latter. The Celestial Hall of Five Peaks in the eastern part is the largest hall in the garden. The western part is famous for its natural scenery. It is a large rockery built from stacked stones and soil during the Ming Dynasty. Maples cover the hill. When all the leaves turn red in autumn, it is extraordinarily beautiful.

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    ZhouZhuang Water Town

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    ZhouZhuang Water Town  

       Zhouzhuang (Chinese: 周庄; pinyin: Zhōuzhuāng) is a town in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within Kunshan county-level city, 30 km southeast of Suzhou.

      Zhouzhuang is a popular tourist destination, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. It is one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views. It has been called the "Venice of the East"

      History

      In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), Zhouzhuang Suzhou was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Fortune (Quanfu) Temple by Zhou Digong, a very devout Buddhist, in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name.

      Sights

      Twin Bridges (Shuang qiao)

      Zhouzhuang is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers. Many stone bridges cross the rivers, showing distinctive views of the water-town. The Twin Bridges, which are Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge, are the most famous and are considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. Built in the Wanli era (1573-1619) of the Ming Dynasty, the Twin Bridges are located in the northeast of the town. Shide Bridge is east-west and has a round arch, while Yongan Bridge is north-south and has a square arch. Crossing the two crisscross rivers (Yinzi Creek and Nabeishi River) and connecting at the middle, the Twin Bridges look like an old-style Chinese key. In 1984, 38 canvases of the notable painter, Chen Yifei, were exhibited in a New York gallery of Armand Hammer, chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. "Memory of Hometown", which depicted the Twin Bridges, was one of the items on display and has gained the world's attention for Zhouzhuang. The painting was chosen to be the first-day cover of the United Nations' postage stamp in 1985.

      Fuan Bridge

      Located at the eastern end of Zhongshi Jie, Fuan Bridge was built in 1355 during the Yuan Dynasty. The unique trait of the Fuan is the consummate combination of the single-arch bridge and the bridge towers.

      Shen House

      Built in 1742 and located at the southeast side of Fuan Bridge, Shen House was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan, the first millionaire of Jiangnan (South of Yangtze River) in the early Ming Dynasty. The whole architectural complex is of the Qing's style and occupies an area of more than 2,000 square meters (half an acre). Over 100 rooms are divided into three sections and each one is connected by arcades and aisles. The first is the water gate and the wharf, where Shen's family moored boats and washed clothes. The middle part includes the gate ower, the tearoom and the main hall.

    ZhouZhuang Water Town ZhouZhuang Water Town

      Bricky gate tower carved with lively and ingenious figures which tell the historic stories or show the good wishes, make it a rare artwork. Tea room and main hall are places for serving guests, and the furnishings in here are all very elegant. The last section is the two-storied dwelling which consists of several buildings which are quite different from the main hall, more comfortable and refined in pattern and atmosphere. The painted sculpture of legendary Shen Wansan is in Datang Tower; cultural relics including ancient folk instruments are exhibited in Xiaotang Tower and Back Hall.

      Zhang House

    ZhouZhuang Water TownZhouZhuang Water Town

      Built by Xu's family in the Zhengtong era (1436-1449) of the Ming Dynasty and bought by Zhang's family in the early Qing Dynasty. Located to the south of the Twin Bridges, Zhang House has more than 70 rooms and takes up about 1,800 square meters (less than half an acre). With Ruojing River flowing through, Zhang House is a dapper and graceful residential house; has a tranquil courtyard and pond. Deep halls all represent the life of the quondam owner.

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