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9-Day Splendid China Tour: Shanghai-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Huangshan
Shanghai no doubt is one of top destinations for tourists traveling to China and also an important gateway city in China. Suzhou is well-known for traditional Chinese gardens, and Hangzhou is a city with glorious history and culture. There is an old saying in China “Above there is a paradise, and on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Huangshan boasts the famous picturesque Huangshan Mountain and ancient villages Hongcun and Xidi. This 9 days China tour connecting the 4 beautiful cities to lead you to learn about Chinese history, feel the charm of Chinese culture, enjoy gorgeous natural scenery, and maximize your time at the best price.
Shanghai Museum, Former French Concession, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, Bund, Lingering Garden, Shantang Old Street, Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, Suzhou Museum, Zhouzhuang, West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Meijiawu Tea Village, China National Tea Museum, Tunxi Ancient Street, Cloud Valley Temple，Mt. Huangshan, Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages
When you arrive in Shanghai, our driver will greet you at the exit of airport/train station by holding a name sign and transfer you to your downtown hotel. Before getting off the plane/train, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collected all your stuff. The rest of the day is for your own arrangement. If you need any suggestions on your free time, we will be very happy to help you.
Accommodation: Shanghai local 4 stars hotel
Day 2 Shanghai Day Tour (B+L)
Attractions: Shanghai Museum, Former French Concession, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, Bund
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and transfer you to Shanghai Museum. The museum houses millions of collections and especially features bronze wares, porcelain works, paintings and calligraphy works. Then you will visit Former French Concession which still retains the air of old Shanghai and is a perfect place to learn the history of Shanghai from 1849 to 1943. After lunch, we will move on to Shanghai World Financial Center which provides magnificent views of Huangpu River. Then wander around Nanjing Road to see traditional department stores and optionally try some authentic Shanghai snacks. The last stop is the Bund. You will admire buildings of various styles, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and listen to your guide explaining its history. After a leisure walk at the Bund, the guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Shanghai local 4 stars hotel
Day 3 Shanghai-Suzhou Tour by High Speed Train (B+L)
Attractions: Lingering Garden, Shantang Old Street, Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
In the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to catch the bullet train to Suzhou. After about half an hour’s train ride, you will arrive in Suzhou and see your Suzhou guide waiting for you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign and transfer you to start a wonderful time in Suzhou.
The first stop is Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous gardens in China, sharing fame together with Summer Palace in Beijing, Mountain Resort in Chengde, and Humble Administrator’s Garden also in Suzhou. The garden was originally built in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty and was included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. In its over 400-year history, the garden was changed from hand to hand and was nearly deserted in the 1930s. Thanks to the local government’s great efforts, the garden was restored to its original splendor and we have chance to appreciate its beauty. Then we will head to Shantang Old Street. You will see the ancient residential houses (most of them are from the Late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China), elegant stone bridges spanning across the river, and shops selling handicrafts and local snacks.
After lunch, we will move on to Tiger Hill where your guide will show you around and tell you the interesting stories of the sites. The hill got its name from a legend that, after King Helu of Wu Kingdom died in a war, his son Fuchai buried his remains on this hill, and a white tiger sits here for 3 days. One of the must-see sites is Tiger Hill Pagoda, the second leaning tower in the world. It was built during 959 – 961 A.D., more than 200 years earlier than Leaning Tower of Pisa, and started to lean from the Ming Dynasty. Today’s last stop is Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory. The factory was founded in 1926 and has become one of the symbols of 2500-year culture of Suzhou where you can see the process of silk making from silkworm to silk. It is truly an eye-opening experience.
At the end of the tour, you will go back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Suzhou local 4 stars hotel
Day 4 Suzhou-Hangzhou Tour by High Speed Train (B+L)
Attractions: Suzhou Museum, Zhouzhuang
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby in the morning and check out as you will take departure train to Hangzhou directly after the tour. Please pack your belongings in advance.
Today’s tour starts with Suzhou Museum. The museum was first established in 1960 based on the Mansion of King Zhong of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. Its new building was designed by the internationally renowned architect I.M.Pei and opened to the public in 2006. You will follow your guide to appreciate the valuable collections including unearthed cultural relics, calligraphies, paintings and crafts. Then we will head to the ancient water town – Zhouzhuang, 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.
After visiting the water town, your guide and driver will take you to the train station for the bullet train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, your Hangzhou driver will wait for you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign and drive you to downtown hotel for a good rest.
Accommodation: Hangzhou local 4 stars hotel
Day 5 Hangzhou (B+L)
Attractions: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Meijiawu Tea Village, China National Tea Museum
Your guide and driver will wait for you at your hotel lobby after breakfast and transfer you to the West Lake, one of the top sought-after scenic spots in China which have been praised by many Chinese literati. The scenery in all the four seasons is beautiful and worthy of visiting. You will take a cruise on the lake to meet the highlight mini scenery sites of the area like Three Pagoda Mirroring the Moon, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda. After the cruising, you can wander around the lake and there are also other optional activities available such as fishing and riding bikes, if time permits. Next we will head to Lingyin Temple. The temple has a history of about 1,700 years and is considered as one of the most significant Buddhist temples in China. You will listen to your guide about its history and stories, and admire various buildings. Then move to Feilai Peak which is a pure limestone mountain and totally different from the sandstone mountains around. You will see many grotesque stones of various shapes such as running elephant, startled monkeys and crouching tiger, and you will feel like you’re in a stone zoon. You also can appreciate the exquisite Buddhist stone statues from ancient times scattered on the caves and cliffs.
After lunch, we will visit the first-class protected area of West Lake Longjing tea, Meijiawu Tea Village. The village also is the main source of the Longjing tea. Just walk around the village, smell the faint aroma of tea in the air, and try some fine tea. If you come here in spring, you even can join the locals to pick up tea leaves. Today’s last stop is China National Tea Museum, the only national museum focusing on tea and tea culture in China. You will be surprised to see there’s no wall inside the museum as if saying “We have no threshold. Everyone is welcome here”. You can learn history of tea and tea customs of different areas in China, and admire delicate tea wares.
After the whole day tour, you will go back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hangzhou local 4 stars hotel
Day 6 Hangzhou-Huangshan by High Speed Train (B+L)
Attractions: Tunxi Ancient Street
Today you will take bullet train to Huangshan. In the morning, your Hangzhou driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the train station. When you arrive at Huangshan North Railway Station, your local guide will greet you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign and transfer you to have a lunch and then visit Tunxi Ancient Street, China’s most well-preserved ancient street combining architectural style of the Southern Song Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Just stroll on the street leisurely and appreciate the Hui-style buildings.
After exploring the ancient street, your guide and driver will take you to downtown hotel to check in. BTW, you can prepare something for the hiking in advance. Highly recommend you prepare some snacks to keep your energy up and bring a jacket even in summer. And don’t forget hiking pole, rain coat and comfortable shoes regardless of the time of year considering the mountain is notorious for rainfall.
Accommodation: Huangshan local 4 stars hotel
Day 7 Huangshan Mountain (B)
Attractions: Cloud Valley Temple，Mt. Huangshan
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby after breakfast and drive about 1 hour to the Huangshan Mountain. Upon arrival, you will take the shuttle bus to Cloud Valley Temple and then take a cable car up the mountain. Then hike to enjoy the beautiful scenery at North Sea, Beginning-to-believe Peak, Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and West Sea Valley. There will be many staircases that go up and down, but all the tiredness of climbing will be gone when you see the breathtaking scenery. If you are still in good shape and time & weather permits, you can continue to Sky Sea Scenic Area to enjoy gorgeous sunset at Bright Summit and explore Flying-over Rock. Please do not watch your camera or phone while walking.
Tonight you will stay at a hotel on the mountain so as to catch sunrise next day.
Accommodation: Huangshan Mountain 4 stars hotel
Day 8 Huangshan Mountain Tour (B)
Attractions: Mt. Huangshan
Today you will get up in the early morning to witness the incredible sunrise. When the mountain is still sleeping under starry sky, we will leave the hotel to occupy a vantage point and quietly wait for the thrilling moment. With the passage of time, the color of sky will change slowly. The sun finally show its head and the peaks are bathed in dazzling gold. After you enjoy the sunrise, we will go back to hotel and have breakfast. Then move on to explore Lion Peak which got its name from the look like a crouching lion. You will visit Dawn Pavilion and see an interesting rock called “Stone Monkey Watching Sea”. Then we will hop on cable car and descend the mountain to get back to Huangshan downtown. For the rest of the day, you can freely explore the city by yourself and have some time to recover energy.
Accommodation: Huangshan local 4 stars hotel
Day 9 Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages and Huangshan Departure (B)
Attractions: Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby in the morning after breakfast and start for two special ancient villages. More than 800-year-old, HongcunVillage is a typical representative of Hui-style building, mainly in black, white and grey colors. It was listed as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. You will see many original residences from Ming and Qing dynasties here, among which Chengzhi Hall is an architectural masterpiece and enjoys the name of “Folk Forbidden City”. It has a lot of complex wood carvings with great artistic value. We will also stroll along the South Lake and absorb in the picturesque scenery. Then move on to explore the ancient houses and 99 cobblestone-paved maze-like lanes in Xidi Ancient Village. When you arrive at the village, a magnificent archway, Hu Wenguang Memorial Archway, will stare at you at the entrance. The archway, built in the Ming Dynasty, is over 400 years old and has become a landmark of the village and a witness of the village’s history. You will marvel at the delicate stone carvings on it and how sturdy it is, still in good condition after so many years. After saying goodbye to the village, your guide and driver will transfer you to the train station/airport for your departure train/flight. Our service will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey.
July and August is in the peak season for this tour when it would apply the high season. Chinese public holiday such as Chinese National Holiday would applys much higher price and you are don’t suggested to do the tour during these period.
Train station/airport pick-up and drop-off in Shanghai, Suzhou, Huangzhou and Huangshan
Second-class bullet train tickets from Shanghai to Suzhou, Suzhou to Hangzhou, and Hangzhou to Huangshan
Comfortable transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver
Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary
Boat cruise at West Lake
Cable cars up and down Huangshan Mountain
8 nights 4 stars hotel with daily breakfast
Professional English-speaking tour guides
One bottle of mineral water per person per day
5 Chinese-style lunches
Fuels, tolls and parking charges
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival flight/train on the first day and departure flight/train on the last day
Guide service on the train
All personal expenses, optional activities and additional hotel services
Our expert consultant will have your booking confirmed in 12 hours. We accept the last-minute booking for most of time even if time is pressing. After your booking is confirmed, we will send you a confirmation email which includes the agreed detailed itinerary with prices.
A small amount of deposit will be charged in advance via PayPal for tour booking (Deposit for tours excluding train/flight/hotel: USD50-USD200; deposit for tours including train/flight: your travel consultant will advise according to group size and itinerary). Balance is acceptable via PayPal at least 3 days ahead of the tour or with cash paid to the tour guide on the tour. Both RMB and hard currency are acceptable.
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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 an important part of Chinese culture. China fits for all budgets. Hotels booked by us include breakfasts. Lunches are arranged at restaurants which are popular among the real locals with good environment (You might be a little worried about using washrooms in China, please rest assured that all restaurants have western style washroom). Dinners are mostly left for yourself to allow you more freedom on your own discovery to local food or having some familiar hometown food.
If you are vegetarian, Muslim, or allergic to any kind of food, please feel free to tell your travel consultant in advance. We will help arrange proper restaurant or food to meet your needs.