6 days Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour with water town visit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, you will be transported to one of Shanghas two airports and fly to your next destination.