Tongli Water Town Visit And Courtyard Lifestyle Experience At Jinze Water Village - Shanghai

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Enjoy a day to cultural Tongli ancient water village on the outskirts of Suzhou. Besides sightseeing, you will have a culinary experience during this activity. You will be provided by 8-course home-made delicacies for lunch in a classic courtyard style tea house at Jinze water village. Followed by apleasurable tea ceremony, and you surely will appreciate the tranquil surroundings. Before the tour ends, you will participate a dumpling cook class and have some self-made dumplings before going back to Shanghai.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Free drinks included
  • Free snacks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby in the morning, and go to famous Tongli ancient water village directly. It's a beautiful water town with over 1,500 years history. Even nowadays, the locals still have a living along the riverside. You will spend about2 hours here to explore the alleyways and visit the most exquisite "Retreat and Reflection Garden".

Then, you will be transferred to another peaceful water village named Jinze, which is with a history of more than 2000 years. It hasnt been commercialized as a tourist attraction yet, so you can truly experience aprimitive water village of China. Your lunch will be served at a classic courtyard style tea house, and your host will cook for you 8 tasty dishes. You may walk into the kitchen to see the cooking process if you like.

In the afternoon, you will have Chinese tea ceremony, which you can learn about Chinese tea culture and history. Of course, you will gain some knowledge different kind of tea leaves and how to use the tea sets. At meantime, you can also practice Chinese calligraphy here if you are interested in. To learn some Chinese words in both reading and writing by brush and ink.

You will Chinese dumpling making session together with your lovely chef in the tea house. You will learn 3 different ways to make and cook dumplings, then enjoy self-made dumplings as snack or early dinner before heading back to Shanghai.

Your day tour ends around6:30pmand you will be back to your hotel in Shanghai around7:30pm.

Inclusions for Tongli Water Town Visit And Courtyard Lifestyle Experience At Jinze Water Village

  • Entrance fee toTongli
  • Tour guide
  • Comfortable minivan with driver
  • Home-style lunch
  • Tea ceremony
  • Dumpling cooking session
  • Drinks: fresh juice, beer, wine, Chinese Baijiu Mao Tai, tea
  • Free 4G wifi available during the tour

Exclusions for Tongli Water Town Visit And Courtyard Lifestyle Experience At Jinze Water Village

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expense

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 3 years

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

A maximum of 8 people per booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable shoes

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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3 Traveler Reviews

  • Enchanting, fun, educational, and delicious! This is the trip of a lifetime in that you experience what life in quaint, picturesque, small Chinese water towns are really like. And, along the way there are opportunities to purchase local crafts like hand painted, hand made umbrellas. Why, we even walked back into a secluded courtyard sheltering a grouping of private homes and Miki, our guide, chef, and new best friend, spoke with the village women and the next we knew, we had an impromptu tour of a typical home. The best part of the entire day was the time spent with Miki, and especially at Miki's charming home cooking and being served the most delicious meal of our entire trip to Shanghai Well, Lost Heaven is great, but this was SPECIAL and home cooked. Learned so much, loved every minute, and the driver was safe and great, the car comfortable and clean. I highly recommend this to those wanting a unique and fabulous day.

  • Truly amazing tour. You will get your money worth. Tongli and Jinze are still pristine water villages with local residents going about their daily life. But the cherry on this sweet cake is the authentic home cooked lunch, served in a local house by the canal. Fantastic meal. The tea ceremony is performed elegantly by Miki herself. Highly recommend to friends and all travelers to choose Miki tours for water village tour!

  • I can't say enough about this amazing tour! It lasted from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM and was very well paced, with magical surprises unfolding throughout the day. After two weeks in China, this was definitely our highlight. Miki is professional, knowledgeable, interesting and very talented. We learned so much, ate the best lunch possible, enjoyed accessing the real China, and have memories that will last for years. A fantastic bargain for a special and unforgettable adventure! This should be on everyone's DO NOT MISS list.

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