A short distance from Shanghai lies a beautiful land named Suzhou. Take one day to escape from the hustle and bustle in Shanghai to explore the classical Master of the Nets Garden and ancient Tongli Water Town. Not only can you appreciate Suzhou garden art on the day trip, but also savor archaic riverside houses, crisscross rivers and slow-paced lifestyle.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Suzhou for a cultural exploration in its classic gardens and water towns after 1.5-hour's drive.
You will start with Master of the Nets Garden, built as early as Southern Song Dynasty (1174-1189AD). It is the smallest yet the most exquisite garden among the beautiful gardens in Suzhou. Follow your guide to soak up the pavilions, rockeries and arched bridges that are integrated in perfect harmony. Seek more tranquility as you walk through the long corridors by the pond into the exquisite courtyards, where decorative carvings and ingenious designs will come into your sights. Then savor some authentic Suzhou food for lunch and your tour guide will offer you some nice recommendations.
Continue your exploration to admire Tongli, a piece of tranquil water town with a thousand years of history. It is a living museum of folk cultures and architectures with quaint riverside houses, stone bridges and old alleys scattered around. Discover the cultural gems in Tuisi Garden, inscribed as World Heritage. Its name comes from the owner's crave for the reflections upon previous faults. Well preserved with compact layout, it would delight you with landscapes and architectures that are elaborately laid out. Over the crisscross rivers stand the famous Three Bridges that are considered symbols of good luck. Once you walk across, your wishes may come true in the future as the locals believe. Or if you like, you may enjoy a leisure boat cruise (optional) for the superb views over the old water town.
Today discovery comes to a perfect end after a comfortable ride back to Shanghai. Enjoy a free night!
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