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The Venice of China: Suzhou, Hangzhou & Wuzhen

From RMB 4880
Travel days:  5 days
 /  4 nights

  • Night train ticket from Beijing to Suzhou is in soft sleeper cabin. Bullet train ticket from Hangzhou to Beijing is in second class seat
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfast
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • 24 hour TUI China telephone hotline (German or English): +86 13910187388
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • All expenses not mentioned above
  • Suzhou
    Garden Hotel 4*
  • Wuzhen
    Local guest house 3*
  • Hangzhou
    Best Western Premier Hotel 4*
  • Extension of stay in Hangzhou is available on request.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • 5 star hotel accomodation (for example in Banyan Tree Hangzhou) available on request

Travel content

The three southern 'water towns' of Hangzhou, Suzhou and Wuzhen, each with their special attractions, are renowned as the Venice of China. As the saying goes, 'In heaven there is paradise; on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou'.

Suzhou's intricate maze of canals, picturesque architecture and exquisitely designed miniature parks are unparalleled in artistry. It was also an early center of silk production and remains so to this day, including phenomenally fine silk embroidery of marvelous quality. Local seafood cuisine, ancient boat songs and the labyrinth of little lanes in the old town impart flavors of 'Old China'.

Wuzhen is a smaller ancient town, often called 'little Venice'. Rivers and creeks flow through it, spanned by stone bridges of various designs, with unique old waterside houses found here and there.

Hangzhou is most famous for its revered West Lake with its romantic mists, jade-hued waters and graceful gardens. Its tea and silk production date back to the end of the 6th century when it was connected to the Grand Canal. Marco Polo declared it to be one of the most splendid cities in the world of his time. 

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing – Suzhou

    Arrive independently at the train station and take the overnight train (Soft-Sleeper) to Suzhou.

    You will arrive in Suzhou the next morning around 07:00 (7 am).

    Overnight on the Train

  • Day 2:
    Suzhou (B, L)

    Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the train station and your breakfast will be arranged for you at the hotel.

    Start the tour with a classic Suzhou garden: the Humble Administrator's Garden (a Ming garden and the largest in the city).

    Then we will have the opportunity to visit the No.1 Silk Factory where you can see how silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.

    After lunch visit the Lion Grove Garden, a popular Buddhist center.

    Enjoy a canal cruise in Suzhou where you will end today's tour.

    Overnight in Suzhou.   

  • Day 3:
    Suzhou – Wuzhen (B, L)

    After breakfast drive to Wuzhen from Suzhou, about 2.5 hrs drive.

    Upon arrival in Wuzhen take a leisurely stroll in this small ancient water town. Enjoy taking photos of the old houses lining both sides of the river; visit various specialty workshops for wine-making, batik, embroidery, etc.

    Overnight in Wuzhen.

  • Day 4:
    Wuzhen – Hangzhou (B, L)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Free time to relax until your transfer to Hangzhou.

    Walk around the central park of the city, learning about various trees and flowering plants, take a boat ride on the famous West Lake, and then stroll along the banks of West Lake. After tasting delicious Hangzhou food at lunch, visit the Tea Village, which is situated near West Lake Park as Hangzhou's most important tea production base. Here you are in an original natural environment, so just relax and enjoy the special tea culture, sampling the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.

    Overnight in Hangzhou.

  • Day 5:
    Hangzhou – Beijing (B, L)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Visit the Lingyin Temple (Monastery of Hidden Souls), one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It houses Buddhist literature and treasures with more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, dating from the 10th to 14th centuries.

    Transfer to train station before noon to take bullet train back to Beijing

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