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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) Tours and Activities

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One of the four most famous classical gardens of Suzhou, the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) has World Heritage status and also showcases two UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Arts: Pingtan and Guqin music. The garden makes fantastic use of space, with a harmonious layout of temples, statues, rockeries, halls, bridges, and ponds.

Covering almost six acres, the garden is divided into four areas: the east, west, central, and north sections, all of which are connected via a half-mile (700-meter) corridor featuring calligraphy carved into its stone walls. The central area features many buildings surrounding a pond and grotto, while the east garden includes a miniature mountain modeled after Tiantai Mountain, as well as the Celestial Hall of Five Peaks, the largest hall in the garden. The west section is mostly natural, with a large rockery built during the Ming Dynasty, while the north garden, once used to grow vegetables, now showcases a range of potted plants.

Popular among families, the Lingering Garden is often visited on day trips from Shanghai that also include other famous classical gardens in Suzhou. It's common to combine a trip here with visits to the famous water towns of Zhouzhuang and Tongli, but other options include visits to Shantang Old Street and Tiger Hill. For a unique day out, book a Suzhou culture and art tour, which includes a Suzhou opera performance at the Master of Nets Garden.

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338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou, Eastern China, 215004
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Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

Private Day Trip to Suzhou from Shanghai by Bullet Train

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Travel by bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, a relaxing 35-minute ride through the Chinese suburbs. With your local guide, visit the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road and leisurely enjoy boat ride along ancient grand canal. Round trip 1st class bullet train ticket are all inclusive.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.00
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$238.00
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Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

Suzhou Private Essence Tour of Rickshaw Ride and Grand Canal Ride

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Spare yourself the challenge of negotiating with boatmen and rickshaw drivers, and let your private guide do the heavy lifting on this classic Suzhou tour. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you tour the Lingering Garden and enjoy a private cruise down the Grand Canal. After a rickshaw ride, explore Shantang Street and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill before your private driver drops you back.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.20
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$143.20
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Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

Private Flexible Suzhou City Tour with Tongli or Zhouzhuang Water Town Options

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Suzhou visitors that want to discover China's ancient towns can always take a group tour, but then you're one in the crowd, and stuck with a rigid itinerary. Instead, try this private tour experience, complete with a flexible itinerary and a guide—just for your group—that leads the way. Highlights include exploring the gardens and bridges of Suzhou, a stop at a silk factory, and a visit to one of the area's historic water towns—included in the tour.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$170.90
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$170.90
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Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

Private Suzhou Half Day City Tour & Tongli Water Town From Shanghai by Train

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Spend the day exploring Suzhou’s most important landmarks—and the nearby Tongli Water Town, too—on this flexible, private tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your Suzhou hotel or train station, and venture first to the UNESCO-listed Lingering Garden, one of China’s most beautiful, classical gardens. Then, discover more about the region’s heritage when you visit the Suzhou Museum and a local silk-weaving factory. Later, you’ll discover the Tongli Water Town, famed for its many canals and lovely scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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$227.31
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$227.31
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Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

Private Tour: Suzhou and Tongli Water Village from Shanghai

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From the canals of Tongli Water Village to the pagodas of the Lingering Garden, discover the beauty of Shanghai's outlying areas on this private tour from downtown. This tour also includes a visit to a silk factory, the 1,000-year-old village of Shantang, and a traditional Chinese lunch. Your private guide will provide insightful narration throughout the tour and ensure a comfortable and convenient excursion from the city.
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  • 9 hours
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$254.94
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$254.94
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All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration

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Spare yourself the language challenges of taxis or public transport and experience Suzhou the way it’s meant to be experienced—with a private guide and driver. Soak up this ancient city’s classical beauty as you tour the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, and Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Besides pickup and drop-off to your hotel or the railway station, your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$118.16
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$118.16
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Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

Half Day Suzhou City Tour with Extension to Tongli Water Town

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Put language and transport worries aside on this convenient guided tour that checks off highlights of Suzhou as well as Tongli water town. Start at the Lingering Garden, recognized by UNESCO, then discover Suzhou’s history at the Suzhou Museum and learn about silk at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill. Finally, travel back in time as you stroll the alleys, bridges, and islets of Tongli water town.
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  • 8 hours
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$151.21
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$151.21
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Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

Private Custom Tour: 2-Day Suzhou City Highlights Tour

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This 2 days private tour takes you to explore the most famous attractions in Suzhou, which is noted as the "Garden of City". You will be able to see Lingering Garden, one of four famous classic gardens in China, the No.1 Ancient Street--Shantang Street, the most impressive garden in Suzhou--Master of Nest Garden and the UNESCO World Heritage Site-Longest artificial canal in the world--Grand Canal, etc. Moreover, the itinerary can be 100% customized based on your own interests. 
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  • 2 days
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$296.40
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$296.40
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

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Save time without compromising on experience with this comprehensive private Suzhou day tour. Besides the Lingering Garden, visit quaint Tiger Hill, stroll along historic Shantang street, discover the Buddhist Hanshan Temple and the Suzhou Silk Museum, and enjoy a boat ride along the ancient canal. Your day includes a Chinese lunch and door-to-door round-trip transportation.
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  • 8 hours
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$226.97
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$226.97
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Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup

Travelers have praised Suzhou’s elegant gardens and ancient town for centuries. Follow in their footsteps without the indignities of negotiating taxis on this private guided door-to-door tour. Explore Tiger Hill, ride a boat along the river, visit the Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple, and learn how to spin silk at the Suzhou Silk Museum. Along the way, feast on a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$213.09
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$213.09
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Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Private Tour with Local Guide

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Private Tour with Local Guide

Spend full day with a local expert tour guide to discover the most famous gardens in Suzhou, as it is a city famed of its abundant classical gardens, for China’s four most famous gardens, two of them are in Suzhou. Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket fees and local lunch are all inclusive. This is a customized private day trip covering Suzhou fantastic gardens, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, Master of Nets Garden, Lingering Garden, and the Suzhou Silk Museum, follow you guide to learn the splendid history and culture of this city.
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  • 8 hours
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$248.34
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$248.34
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The Most Recommended Suzhou Day Tour For First Time Visitors

The Most Recommended Suzhou Day Tour For First Time Visitors

Experience the best of Suzhou on this exciting day tour. Wander among lotus ponds and bamboo groves at the Lingering Garden. Explore the Surging Wave Pavilion's charm. Learn more about Chinese history when you do the private boat cruise on Grand Canal, take a pleasant stroll down Shantang Ancient Street and visit the Suzhou No. 1 Silk Mill..
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$171.23
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$171.23
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Private Day Trip: Suzhou Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

Private Day Trip: Suzhou Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai

When you go to Shanghai, you should not miss the exquisite gardens in nearby Suzhou or the beautiful water town interspersed with crisscrossing water lanes in Zhouzhuang. You can view old buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties and witness local villagers leading their simple and peaceful lives.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$245.50
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$245.50
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Suzhou Day Tour

Suzhou Day Tour

Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in China, founded in about 600 BC. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful environment, the city is often referred as " The Venice of the East. " Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of the Cultural Revolution and its famous gardens survived almost intact.
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  • 8 hours
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$404.00
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$404.00
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Suzhou Private Tour: Suzhou Silk Museum, Lingering Garden Tiger Hill and More

Suzhou Private Tour: Suzhou Silk Museum, Lingering Garden Tiger Hill and More

Suzhou is not only a famous cultural city and a city of gardens, but also the silk capital of China. This tour includes Suzhou Silk Museum, Suzhou's classical gardens, Shan Tang Street and Tiger Hill. The original allure of these sites have been preserved, and they represent Suzhou's antiquity and appreciation for art! 1. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lingering Garden. 2. Walk along Shang Tang Street and enjoy local lifestyle 3. Visit Tiger Hill and its leaning pagoda 4. Visit Suzhou Silk Museum and learn about the history and culture of Chinese silk 5. Public transport travel as a local.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.22
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$160.22
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Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Suzhou & Tongli Water Village Day Tour

Visit one of the oldest cities and one of the best water towns in China at same time, also visit one of the best four private gardens in China.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.68
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$191.68
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Flexible Suzhou City Day Tour

Flexible Suzhou City Day Tour

Appreciate the natural beauty of Suzhou on this action-packed day tour. Meet your guide at Suzhou station and then enjoy a worry-free day with private transport in Suzhou included. Learn about the history of Suzhou and its most loved attractions, including the Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. A private tour means you won’t have to navigate and you'll have fascinating guide insight along the way.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.87
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$146.87
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7-Day Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou Amazing City Highlights

7-Day Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou Amazing City Highlights

Hit the highlights without the hassles of planning on this 7-day private sightseeing trip of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Visit Six world famous attractions including The Bund, Yu Garden Jade Temple, Shanghai Tower, Tong Li Water Town, Pagoda of six harmonies for a more. Convenient Bullet Train Experiences are all inclusive.
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  • 7 days
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$2,150.00
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$2,150.00
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Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer

Suzhou’s rock and water classical gardens have been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. Spare yourself the hassles of navigating Suzhou with a private door-to-door day tour, a must for anyone who’s serious about garden design. Explore no fewer than three of the city’s most iconic gardens—the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, and the Lingering Garden—tour the Suzhou Silk Museum and enjoy a Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.97
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$226.97
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One day cultural SuZhou tour by Bullet Train from Shanghai

One day cultural SuZhou tour by Bullet Train from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou with it’s highlights in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, we take Bullet Train from Shanghai and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Lingering Garden, Drive pass and stop by Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Road, Pan Ancient Gate, and optional No.1 silk factory . Enjoy authentic SuZhou style Lunch at Riverside Restaurant.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.00
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$192.00

Private Shanghai Excursion Tour to Suzhou

Private Shanghai Excursion Tour to Suzhou

Want to spend one day to do Shanghai side tour to Suzhou? This tour can help you visit Suzhou from Shanghai at an easier way. that includes the main highlights of Suzhou, let you fully experience the culture & history of Suzhou, take you to explore Chinese classic garden--Lingering Garden, learn Buddhism culture, visiting Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory to see how silk made into products also can not missed.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$242.00
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$242.00
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Suzhou Private Day Tour: Classical Gardens

Suzhou Private Day Tour: Classical Gardens

1)Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Humber Administrator's Garden; 2)Stroll at the Lingering Garden, see lotus ponds and bamboo groves in Summer; 3)Walk through Shantang Street, an ancient riverside pedestrian road to discover the local business and staged folk activities; 4)Visit the only existing water and land gate in China: Panmen Gate
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.24
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$175.24
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Private Suzhou And Tongli Water Town Tour From Shanghai With Lunch And Dinner

Private Suzhou And Tongli Water Town Tour From Shanghai With Lunch And Dinner

If you have full day free in Shanghai and want to learn more about the culture and heritage in Yangtze River Delta, this tour combining Suzhou and Tongli could be a good chance. We can also customize it according to your needs. 1.Non shopping tour 2.No tourist traps 3.No hidding fee 4.The best use of time 5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary 7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles 8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$314.67
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$314.67
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Garden And Silk Museum From Shanghai

Private Day Tour: Suzhou Garden And Silk Museum From Shanghai

Discover the city of Suzhou in one day from Shanghai on this 9-hour private tour. With a guide, you'll be introduced to the beauty of the city, known for its gardens, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll visit the Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden, plus visit the Suzhou Silk Museum. Lunch is included.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$252.00
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$252.00
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What are Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation?
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Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) hours of operation: Daily 7:30am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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