Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 9¼ Hours
A town of great scenic beauty, Suzhou was founded in the 5th century BC and inspired the famous Chinese proverb, ‘In heaven there is paradise; on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou.’ By coach you will travel 1½ hours through China's countryside. One of China's most famous gardens is the Humble Administrator’s Garden, which occupies an area of ten acres. The garden’s name comes from the proverb which says, ‘To cultivate a garden for a living is really the politics of a humble man.’ About two thirds of the garden is made up of lakes with islands dotted throughout. Next, a boat ride on the Grand Canal reveals the beauty of Suzhou—whitewashed houses with gray tile roofs, old stone bridges spanning a spider web of waterways, women washing clothes in the river, and children playing nearby. After lunch at a local hotel, stop at the Silk Embroidery Research Institute to learn more of this region’s important contribution to the silk and textile industry. Return to the ship by motor coach.