Marcopolo@chinatoursnet.com

+86-10-80448678

+86-13683536536

Skype:chinatoursnet@outlook.com

WhatsApp:+86-13683536536

WeChat:chinatoursnet


Tour Code :
C1917
City / Province :
Suzhou
Best tour month :
Type :
Built in :

      The Grand Canal

      Chinese name: 苏州古运河 (Suzhou Gu Yunhe)

      Location: No.789 Panxu Road, Canglang District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

      Opening time: 09:00-17:00, 19:30-20:45

      Ticket: CNY70

      How to get there: take buses No.7, 39, 47, 305, 522, 602, or tourist buses No.2, 5.

    The Grand Canal

      Introduction to the Grand Canal

      The world-famous Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is an ancient grandeur project in the Eastern Plains. It is the earliest and longest manmade watercourse in the world. With an overall length of 1794 kilometers, the ancient Grand Canal started in Beijing in the north and reached Hangzhou in the south, flowing through 4 provinces and 2 cities of Beijing City, Hebei Province, Tianjin City, Shandong Province, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, and linking up the river systems of Haihe River, Yellow River, Huai River, Yangtze River and Qiantang River. In the long history, the Grand Canal has made enormous contribution to the communication between North China and South China in both economy and culture.

      It was firstly built in 486 B.C. and open to navigation through entire line in 1293 A.D., the Grand Canal’s flourishing lasted for over 1779 years (though connected Suzhou to Qiantan River before Yuan Dynasty, 1279-1368, and only to Hangzhou at present). In the history, the Grand Canal was built part by part in different dynasties and has undergone great constructions for three times. The first was launched by the King Fu Chai of Wu Kingdom (12th century BC- 473BC) with the purpose of defeating Qi Kingdom (859BC-221BC) and fighting for the hegemony. Started from Yangzhou and northeastwards, the Hangou Canal is the starting reach of the Grand Canal with a length of 170 kilometers which introduced Yangtze River to Huai River. The second time was conducted by Emperor Yang of Sui Dynasty (581-619), who built 1700-kilometer-long between Hangzhou and Luoyang for stabilizing the society after the unification. The third time was done during Yuan Dynasty, which built several sections with 10 years to connect Beijing to Hangzhou directly in a shorten distance (about 900 kilometers was shortened).

    The Grand Canal

      Introduction to boat sightseeing of the ancient Grand Canal in Suzhou

      The ancient city of Suzhou was the paradise for all merchants owing to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal; even to this day, about half of the volume of goods is transported by waterway through the Grand Canal. To boat on the ancient Grand Canal is absolutely one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of typical ancient river towns in south region of Yangtze River. Along the way, there are 10 ancient city gates of Suzhou, more than 20 stone bridges in diverse styles of traditional designs, ancient river town dwellings and historical relics; and the gorgeous lighting adds more glamour to the night boating of the Grand Canal. In addition, during the journey, visitors can also learn the historical stories, local customs, and enjoy good food of local flavors when appreciating the surrounding landscapes.

      Quick Questions

      Our team is waiting for you questions. Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have about our China package tours, Chinese culture, or the sites available. We will gladly help you with any special needs you might have and all questions, like our trip designing is completely free of charge.

  • One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

    One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

      Many people call Suzhou as the Venice of China because of its larger network of water canals and towns. Zhouzhuang is undoubtedly the most famous one for its well-preserved architectures which can be dated back to more than 900 years ago. Unlike many other ancient towns, you can board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise along the waterways from one alley to other to admire the spectacular architecture and experience laid-back atmosphere of local living. In the tour, you have the opportunities of appreciating the classic garden, canal, and city wall in Suzhou , as well as Immersing yourself into the No. 1 water town of China - Zhouzhuang.

    Price : from USD 112

  • Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Visit the highlights of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. In Shanghai, see exhibitions at the "Urban Planning Exhibition Hall", "Yuyuan Garden", the famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple", the architecture complex "Bund" and the magnificent "World Financial Center".In Suzhou, visit a UNESCO garden: "Lion Grove Garden" and the classic "Suzhou museum".In Hangzhou view the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise the beautiful "West lake".

    Price : from USD 236

  • Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

    Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

      The tour includes both Shanghai and Suzhou. In Shanghai, you experience the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund",enjoy gorgeous panoramic view of the new Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", shop in "Chenghuang temple",learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and take a look at the modern face of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou, you explore the biggest garden in Suzhou "Humble Administrator’s Garden", the magnificent "Panmen City Gate" and at last "have a cruise on the Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 238

  • See classic  Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    See classic Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    In this tour, you'll get to explore Shanghai and Suzhou in 3 days. In Shanghai,you will visit the elegant "Yu Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", have a panoramic view of the modern Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", do some shopping in "Chenghuang temple", learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and overlook skylines of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou,visit "the Humble Administrator's Garden" which is the largest garden in Suzhou, the elegant "Panmen City Gate" as well as have a cruise on the "Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 253

  • Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    This 4 days Eastern China tour will begin from the modern city Shanghai to stretch the two of famous Chinese culture cities as Hangzhou and the Suzhou,during the four days program you will In Shanghai, experience the sophisticated and elegant Yuyuan Garden; marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along the Bund; enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the new Shanghai from the top of Oriental Pearl Tower; In Suzhou,visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden,explore the elegant Panmen City Gate and at last have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou,cruise on west lake and then end the tour at the Dragon Well Tea plantation and the tiger spring.

    Price : from USD 346

  • Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

    Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

     This private tour includes the highlights of the metropolis Shanghai, the garden town Suzhou and the West Lake town Hangzhou. In Shanghai, the program includes the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", the Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", a panoramic view of Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", famous bazaar "Chenghuang temple", the informative "Shanghai Museum", and the city skyline Pudong New Area. In Suzhou, see the largest garden "the Humble Administrator's Garden", the elegant "Panmen City Gate" and have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou, have a cruise on the famous "west lake" and learn about the tea culture.

    Price : from USD 320

  • Experience Shanghai,  suzhou and  hangzhou in four days with a small group

    Experience Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou in four days with a small group

    This tour is a small group tour and the vehicle provided is more comfortable than the normal coach with reasonable arrangements and it covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In Shanghai, you can visit the urban oasis "Jade Buddha Temple",have a stroll on "People's Square", visit an ancient arts collection at the "Shanghai Museum", and move to the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", entertainment center "Xin Tian Di", famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architecture complex "the Bund" and cruise on huangpu river. In Suzhou, you are able to discover the classic "Suzhou Museum", the largest garden in Suzhou "The Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the famous "Tiger Hill".In Hangzhou, you'll explore the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise on west lake.

    Price : from USD 365

  • Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    The tour covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In shanghai, you experience the Spiritual Oasis "Jade Buddha Temple", leisure walk on the "People's Square", ancient Chinese art museum "Shanghai Museum",classic garden "Yuyuan Garden",entertainment district "Xin Tian Di",ancient bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architectural complex "the Bund" and the "night cruise on huangpu river"; In Suzhou, you explore the famous "Suzhou Museum", largest Suzhou garden "the Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the "Tiger Hill"; In Hangzhou, you discover the well-known "Lingyin Temple" and the city landmark "west lake".

    Price : from USD 365

National Travel Industry Award