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1. Posted by artgeek (Inactive 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

All of the guides list an option of traveling between Suzhou and Hangzhou by overnight boat. Is this trip worth it or should I save 10 hours and take a train instead? I'm willing to do it if a) the views are pretty and b) the boats are comfortable and safe. Being that China's waterways have become heavily industrialized, I'm wondering if it would be a pleasant trip.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!


2. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You won't be seeing much on an overnight boat and it's not worth your time. You'd be able to see more if you took a bus or a train from Suzhou to Hangzhou. It's quicker and you'd get to see a lot of rural China outside of Shanghai.

If you're going by bus, you might enjoy the chaotic traffic looking out the window. :)

3. Posted by beckysh (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Jza80.

The experience on the nightboat several years ago was not a good one for me. It was hardly any view during the night,so I would not recommend it. It is quite convenient and comfortable by bus from Suzhou to Shanghai, and it's better to take train from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Yes, you can enjoy the rural scenery both by bus and train.

4. Posted by artgeek (Inactive 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you very much!

5. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well, you wouldn't be saving much time if you took the train/bus between Suzhou and Hangzhou instead, you'd be wasting precious daytime which you could've used for sightseeing. The scenery is the same whether you look out from the train, bus or boat, and since it's nothing spectacular, why not take the boat instead and save your time?