About Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal

Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal is located at the Taihu Lake Basin in the downstream of Yangtze River. It as an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley, and other minor river systems. It is the world's longest man-made waterway, 1,800km long. The journey from point A to point B can only be described as serene and relaxing. The beautiful little corners of the city are exposed and give an illusion of a country stuck in the past. Beautiful houses with steps all the way down to the canal give access to locals to the water supply and also an opportunity for the tourists to observe the locals activities. Both sides of the river are abundant with lush trees and bridges, perfect spots for all photography buffs. Tour guides are also available to elaborate on the rich history of the canal, its importance to the city's development and culture. In a complete juxtaposition to the present hustle and bustle of China, this site a must see for everyone visiting Suzhou.

Must See

  • Boat ride

  • The Vast scenery

  • The locals performing their daily activities

  • The sheer size of the canal

  • Pristine waters

  • Pan Gate Scenic Area

  • Xu Gate

  • Chang Gate

  • Shantang Street

  • Xiang Gate

How to reach

Public transportation: Buses No.7, 39, 47, 305, 522, 602, or tourist buses No.2, 5.

Private transportation: the dock is only about 7 km from Suzhou Railway Station, you can take public transportation to get there (need a transfer) or take a taxi or private car to get there only about 20 minutes’ drive

Taxi: Approximately: One-Way from ¥20 - ¥25 to the railway station- Any public transportation approximate fare is ¥36 - ¥47

Tips

  • Spring (Mar-May) and autumn (Oct – Nov): in March, the wind is strong and it rains sometimes, so a woolen sweater and a thick coat is suitable. As for other times, long sleeves and a normal coat will be enough. If you get cold easily, you can bring a knitted sweater in case.
  • Summer (Jun-Sep): this is a rainy and hot season, make sure you take sunblock and umbrella with you.
  • Winter (Dec – Feb): winter is a damp and cold, so down jacket and sweater is suggested.
  • Children must be accompanied at all times.
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available.
  • Book a Suzhou tour package for less-complicated transportation to the area.
  • Temporary Close of Xinshiqiao Dock – Shantang Street route: this boating route is temporarily not available, and if you want to enjoy the old appearance of Suzhou Grand Canal, we recommend the route of Tiger Hill – Shantang Street, along which the boats run from Hufu Bridge.
  • ID proof is required.
  • Lifejackets are available on the boat for the safety of the passengers.

Visit Time

Sunday :        9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Monday :       9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday :      9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday : 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday :     9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday :          9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday :     9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Day tour: 9:00 a.m. to  4:30, about 40-50 min, start with at least 5 tourists

Night tour: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., about 1 hour, start with full tourists

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Entrance Fee

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Per person: about RMB 120 (reference price)

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Time you can spend

50 min – 1 hour

 

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