Suzhou Private Tour from Shanghai by Train

Suzhou is a city world-renowned for its beautiful gardens and often referred to as the "Venice of the East".

Suzhou is a city world-renowned for its beautiful gardens and often referred to as the "Venice of the East". You will visit the Lion Grove Garden and the Humble Administrator's Garden, and enjoy a hand boat along Pingjiang.

This tour starts in Shanghai. If you are in Shanghai, you can take a train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station to Suzhou Train Station (Train D3064 08:20/08:54 or similar). Please note your round-trip train tickets will be purchased and delivered to your hotel in Shanghai downtown a day before the tour.

When you arrive at Suzhou Railway Station, meet your guide and start the tour visiting the Lion Grove Garden, one of the four most famous gardens in Suzhou, with over 650 years of history. This garden is most famous for the large, labyrinth-like grotto of rocks at its center. This is also the garden's namesake, as the rocks are often said to resemble lions. The gardens are also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Afterward, you'll head to the Humble Administrator's Garden, also called Zhuozheng Garden. These gardens are considered by some to be the finest in all of southern China. They were first built in the 12th century, during the Southern Song Dynasty, and were the residence, and private garden, of Lu Guimeng, a Tang Dynasty scholar. After his passing, the garden became the property of the nearby Dahong Temple.

The gardens are a beautiful jumble of pavilions, bridges, mazes, pools and islands. There are three major parts around a large lake, with a house in the south of the garden. In total, there are 48 different buildings, 101 tablets, 40 stalae and over 21 ancient trees. Take your time to explore.

After enjoying a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch, take a hand boat and enjoy a free walk along the Pingjiang Road, an historic street, with little shops that cover 1,606 meters (approx. 5269 ft). These typical houses are made with white walls and black tiles, with the traditional Song Dynasty style over 800 years old.This boat trip is the best way to enjoy the scenery along the way, as the waterways are a vital part of the structure of Suzhou and its surrounding towns. You will also have a chance to have a look at the local souvenirs and interesting local snacks selling on the street.

After the tour, you will be brought back to the station, and take the express train (Train D3045 17:02/17:30 or similar) back to Shanghai, with the rest of the day on your own arrangement.


48 Hours
10 Hours
Train Station Pick-up/Drop-off
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Email Confirmation
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Operating Hours

Tour Starts approx. at 08:00am, Ends at 05:30pm

What You Get


  • Suzhou Train Station Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
  • Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
  • Transport by vehicle or minivan in Suzhou
  • Round trip express train ticket second class seat


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transfer services in Shanghai

Additional Information 

  • Pick-up and Drop-off at Suzhou Train Station
  • Please note that the train station used in Shanghai is called Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
  • This is a private tour. Only your group will participate
  • Recommended to dress in comfortable shoes
  • Passport Details are required by our operator to purchase the train tickets
  • As this tour consist of train tickets, no refund can be made once booking has been confirmed
  • Name of Hotel in Shanghai is required, as train tickets will be delivered to the hotel, the day before the tour. Please remember to collect it from the front desk before departing Shanghai. 
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify before boarding the vehicle at Suzhou Train Station
  • This tour is valid on the date and time specified 
How To Buy
  • After purchase, kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg:
    • Name of Hotel 
    • Passport Details of all Travellers

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

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After purchase, kindly refer to "How To Buy" and email the necessary details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg