This 5 days tour will take you to tick off the top attractions in modern Shanghai and beautiful Suzhou including the Bund, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha Temple, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Pingjiang Road, Net Master Garden, and Zhouzhuang Water Town. No matter you are interested in history or natural beauty, this tour is a great choice to get to know Shanghai and Suzhou and create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Highlights of this tour: *Stroll on People Square and Nanjing Road to have a glimpse of the local lifestyle. *Enjoy the charming night scenery of Shanghai on The Bund or taking a Huangpu River Cruise. *Experience another kind of romantic in this metropolitan city—Zhujiajiao Water Town. *Trace the history and development of Shanghai in Shanghai Museum *Come to Yu Garden to appreciate the architectural beauty of classical gardens. *Find a piece of pure land in the downtown area—Jade Buddha Temple
Hotel + Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee
Upon your arrival at Shanghai airport, your guide will greet you at the exit of arrival hall by holding a name sign and take you to kick off your Shanghai trip. You will explore Nanjing Road to see traditional department and stores, and optionally try some authentic Shanghai snacks. Next, wander around the Bund to admire buildings in various styles, view stunning Pudong skyline, and listen to your guide explaining its history. Then experience the relaxing a Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy the beauty of this magic city from different angle. Afterwards, escort you to your hotel.
AM: In the morning, drive to Suzhou to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, an excellent example of classical Chinese garden. It enjoys equal fame with Summer Palace in Beijing, Emperor Kangxi’s Summer Mountain Resort in Chengde and Lingering Garden also in Suzhou as one of China’s four most famous gardens. In 1509 of the Ming Dynasty, the supervising censor Wang Xianchen resigned and went back to his homeland because of disappointed ambition in politics and spent 16 years building the garden.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: Next, walk along the Grand Canal to Pingjiang Road. You will have a walk on the Pingjiang Road to appreciate the old stone bridges and folk houses. Last stop is Net Master Garden. Although it’s the smallest garden in Suzhou, you will be impressed by its compact layout. Its name means Fisherman’s Garden in Chinese, implying that the owner wanted to leave political life. Your guide will lead you to explore Sedan Chair Hall, Ten Thousand Volumes Hall, Hall of Ascending Cloud, Five Peaks Library, Hall of Mind Concentration, Hall of Viewing Pines and Paintings, etc. one by one. At the end of the tour, escort back to hotel for a good rest.
AM: After breakfast, meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby and head to Zhouzhuang Water Town, one of the most famous water towns in China. It is noted for its breathtaking natural beauty, the profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, and the strong local traditions and customs. One must-visit site is Former Residence of Shen Wansan. Shen Wansan was the richest businessman in Jiangnan during the later Yuan and early Ming dynasty. Your guide will tell you the stories of this legendary person. You can optionally take a boat cruise if interested (cost on your own).
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: After saying goodbye to the water town, you will get back to your Shanghai Hotel.
AM: After hotel pick up, transfer to Shanghai Museum. The museum houses millions of collections and especially features bronze wares, porcelain works, paintings and calligraphy works. The guide will show you around to trace Chinese history and culture through the well-preserved treasures. Then we will visit Yuyuan Garden. This over 400-year-old classical Chinese garden was originally built in the Ming Dynasty by the owner Pan Yunduan for his parents to enjoy later life. We will wander around to enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit Zigzag Bridge, Great Rockery, Jade Rock, Sansui Hall, etc.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM:In the afternoon, we will move on to Shanghai World Financial Center which offers magnificent views of Huangpu River. We will take elevator to the sightseeing platform at a maximum speed of 8 meters per second. You will have a walking-in-the-air experience on the 55-meter-long suspended sightseeing corridor in the 100th floor. Today’s last stop is Tianzifang, a creative industry cluster area transformed from unique Shanghai Shikumen buildings. You will see many local residents still live here while walking through the narrow lanes.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.