|Grand Canal, Pan Gate, Lingering Garden, No.1 Silk Factory
Drive to visit Grand Canal. The Grand Canal, 1,764 km (about 1200 miles) in length, is the longest man-made waterway as well as being the greatest in ancient China, far surpassing the next two grand canals of the world: the Suez and Panama Canals. Running from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in the south to Beijing in the north of China, Grand Canal connects different river systems in China.
Have a cruise on the Grand Canal. Taking a boat ride on the old Canal can give you a full view of the landscape of a typical river town in southern China including age-old dwelling houses, stone bridges of traditional designs and historical relics.
Move on to visit the Pan Gate. The Pan Gate, also called the Water Gate, is one of the eight gates of Suzhou built by Wu Zixu, the general of Wu State of Warring States Period (403- 222 B.C.).The structure was continuous protected and repaired during Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties so that it is the best protected ancient relic in Suzhou.
Move on to visit Lingering Garden - one of the four most famous gardens in China. The garden was first built in the 21st year of the reign of Wanli (1593) by Xu Taishi as his private residence.
Visit The No.1 Silk Factory to see how the silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.
Be transferred back to hotel after the tour.
|Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Departure
English guide and vehicle of Beijingservice will meet you from your hotel at 08:30am.
Drive to visit Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest of all classical gardens in Suzhou. The garden is representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty, which are focused on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby.
Then visit the Tiger Hill, a small hill with a long history. Here you will find a number of historical sites some of which can be traced back over 2500 years to the founding of Suzhou.
Be transferred to train station for Departure.