6 days Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour with water town visit

Shanghai
⇀ Hangzhou
⇀ Suzhou
⇀ Zhouzhuang
⇀ Shanghai
Enjoy the west east cultures, modern and traditional atmosphere in Shanghai, from the royal garden to the super tall modern skyscrapers, etc. A relax side trip to nearby Suzhou and Zhouzhuang offers leisure and history.
Type
Private
Duration
6 days
Theme
Culture and Heritage
Trip code
SH-03
Price
From ¥ 4,400 per person

This tour includes three popular cities: Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou all in eastern China. Each of these three cities has their own distinctive characteristics and sparkling highlights. As the economic center of China, Shanghai offers you a glimpse of modern China and will wipe off your previous impression of China.

 

However, since ancient time, the saying, "that in heaven, there is paradise on earth", certainly refers to Suzhou and Hangzhou. The two cities deserve fame and your visit. Besides graceful and elegant scenery, Hangzhou produces the best tea in China. While Suzhou with its classical gardens of different shapes and styles.

Day 01 :
Arrive at Shanghai

When you arrive at Shanghai, you will be greeted by your local guide and transported to your hotel. After assisting you checking in, your guide will give you a brief introduction to Shanghai, help you find a nearby restaurant or leave you to rest and be prepared for tomorrow's activities.

Day 02 :
Shanghai City One Day Tour

In the morning, you will come to your first stop, Yuyuan Garden. A saying goes, if you do not visit Yu Garden, you have not been Shanghai. Yu garden as it is also called features classical Chinese landscape art, with fish filled ponds and wood framed pavilions. 

Just next door to Yu Garden you will explore Shanghai Old Street also know as Miaoqian Dajie. Wonder along this ancient street, and feel like you are back in the Qing dynasty and early Republic of China. Taste the local Shanghai snacks that are popular here or grab a few souvenirs

Eat lunch on Shanghai's Old Street or just near by, before traveling by private car to China's best museum the Shanghai Museum. Spend as much time as you like, an afternoon will certainly not be enough time to catchup on 5,000 years of history but you will see all the best artifacts with the help of your local guide. 

Next stop will be trendy Xintiandi, where you will feel the strong French influence of Shanghai. It's the only place in Shanghai where you can see complete Shikumen style architecture. This beautiful style of construction has lost popularity for modern high rise buildings, but you will be able to free walk and explore in the pedestrian only zone of Shanghai. 

One of the last stops for this busy day is along the famous Huangpu River, to the top of the Pearl Oriental TV Tower. The third highest tower in Asia, stand upon the observation deck and view out at the marvelous surrounding buildings and endless maze that is modern Shanghai.

From the Pearl Tower you can easily walk to the Huangpu River where many visitors will choose to have dinner during a cruise.  It is a great way to watch the sun set and see the city's famous night life take over. Ask your guide for a recommendation on which clubs to hit or help getting tickets to a marvelous Shanghai acrobatic show. When you have had enough, head back to your hotel for the night or watch the sun come rise.

Day 03 :
Hangzhou City One Day Tour - Bullet Train to Suzhou

In the morning, ride on one of China's bullet trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou, a distance of 200 km. (125 mi.) in about one hour. While on the train you may here locals discussing that there is a heaven with a paradise. To Chinese this is Suzhou and Hangzhou, your next step on this 6 day tour.

Upon departing the train station you first stop will be a visit to Linyin temple and experience its 1,600 years' background. In the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, you will easily relax and forget all your worries. Along the way, you may feel the urge to try some of Hangzhou's local cuisine, and we encourage you too!

Arrive at Hangzhou's top attraction West Lake after a short 10 minutes drive. This elegant and enchanting attraction, was best described by a Song Dynasty poet Su Shi. He compared Hangzhou's West Lake to the most beautiful women in China, so please do not get lost in the  intoxicating scenery.

Nearby West Lake is the famous Six Harmonies Pagoda. First built in the hopes of calming the Qiangtang River, after failing to meet that objective it has stood the test of time as a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. Upon reaching the top of the tower, you can watch the awe-inspiring Qiantang River.

The final stop in Huangzhou is Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea house, after which you will take the bullet train to Suzhou where you will spend the ngiht.

Day 04 :
Suzhou City Highlights Tour

Wake up in the Venice Of China and head out to see the magnificent Suzhou Garden. Internationally recognized as some of the most famous royal gardens in the world. Among the four classical gardens found in China, two of them reside within Suzhou. The Humble Administrator and Linger Garden, both stops on today list and each unique. See with your own eyes these enchanting gardens.

No trip to Suzhou is complete with tasking some of their delicious local food and a cruise on China's Grand Canal. Stand on the deck as you travel upstream in the major waterway connecting the south and north China. View the natural beautiful scenery on the river's bank.

Most know that long ago, silk played an important role as an export from China to the west via the silk road. Today when you come to this Silk Road city stop and learn the anciet art of spinning silk at the top factory in the city. When ready head back to your hotel for dinner and a good nights rest.

Day 05 :
Zhouzhuang Water Town One Day Sightseeing Tour - Drive to Shanghai

In the morning, travel by private car for about 20 minutes to reach Zhouzhuang. You will visit this top water town, where the main transportation has always been by small boat. During war time the army had difficulties to penetrate and was left undisturbed.

Here you will see a well-protected Ming and Qing dynasty buildings. Riding around on a gondola, is the most convenient and romantic way to move around the city. Here you will not only see the town's highlights including Twin Bridge, Miluo Tample and Shen House; but experience the way local people live and view their town in a special way.

Late afternoon, you will be driven back to Shanghai and overnight here.

Day 06 :
Departure From Shanghai

After breakfast, you will be transported to one of Shanghas two airports and fly to your next destination.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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