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Tour Overview

Discover the enchanting fusion of tradition and modernity on a captivating journey through Shanghai and Harbin. Immerse yourself in Shanghai’s rich cultural tapestry, from ancient artifacts at the Shanghai Museum to the timeless allure of Zhujiajiao’s water town.

Then, venture to Harbin, a winter wonderland where St. Sophia Church and the Ice Lantern Fair illuminate the city. Marvel at snow sculptures, witness Siberian tigers, and explore the dazzling Ice and Snow World. This tour promises an unforgettable exploration of China’s history, artistry, and the magical allure of winter in Harbin.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Discover Shanghai Museum’s ancient treasures. Explore Yu Garden’s traditional charm. Soar above the city at Shanghai World Financial Center. Shop on bustling Nanjing Road. Conclude with a scenic Bund walk.
2. Delve into Shanghai’s past at the Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Experience tranquility at Jade Buddha Temple. Stroll Tianzifang’s artistic alleys in the French Concession.
3. Step back in time at Zhujiajiao’s ancient water town. Cruise along canals, absorbing history. Fly to Harbin in the evening.
4. Visit St. Sophia Church and stroll Central Street. Enjoy views along the Songhua River. Explore the Temple of Bliss. Conclude with the magical Ice Lantern Fair in Zhaolin Park.
5. Marvel at Sun Island’s snow sculptures. Witness Siberian tigers at the Tiger Park. Immerse in the Ice and Snow World’s dazzling displays.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival at Shanghai Airport, our friendly local guide will welcome you and provide comfortable transportation to your hotel. After checking in, take some time to rest and freshen up.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  2. Today, you will take a guided tour of Shanghai Museum, an architectural masterpiece located in the heart of the city. Housing a vast collection of over 120,000 artifacts, the museum showcases China's ancient art and cultural heritage. Marvel at exquisite displays of ancient ceramics, sculptures, jade artifacts, calligraphy, and paintings. The museum's unique circular design symbolizes the ancient Chinese concept of a round heaven and a square earth, providing a harmonious backdrop to the treasures within. Immerse yourself in the stories behind each artifact, gaining a deeper understanding of China's rich history and artistic achievements.

    Exhibits in Shanghai Museum
    Exhibits in Shanghai Museum

    Then, you will head to Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden featuring traditional architecture, beautiful pavilions, and intricate landscapes. Adjacent to the garden is the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs and experience local culture. Next, enjoy panoramic views of Shanghai from the Shanghai World Financial Center, a symbol of modernity and innovation. The observation deck, with its transparent glass floors and sweeping views, offers a breathtaking panorama of the city. Marvel at the juxtaposition of historic landmarks and modern skyscrapers, gaining a profound sense of Shanghai's dynamic transformation. Then, transfer to Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Stroll along this vibrant boulevard, lined with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

    Shanghai Yu Garden in Winter
    Yu Garden

    In the evening, take a leisurely walk along the Bund, a historic waterfront area showcasing a blend of colonial and modern architecture. Marvel at the city lights and the iconic skyline. Consider taking a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to admire the glittering cityscape from the water. Enjoy the illuminated skyline and iconic landmarks along the river.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  3. Begin your day by delving into the dynamic evolution of Shanghai at the Urban Planning Exhibition Center. This cutting-edge facility offers a captivating journey through the city's past, present, and future. Explore intricate models showcasing Shanghai's skyline evolution, innovative architectural designs, and ambitious urban projects.

    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

    From the contemporary vision of urban planning, transition to the serenity of the Jade Buddha Temple. Home to two precious jade statues brought from Myanmar, this spiritual haven radiates calmness and cultural richness. Admire the temple's intricate carvings, vibrant artwork, and participate in the rituals that provide insight into the practice of Buddhism in modern Shanghai. In the heart of the French Concession, Tianzifang awaits with its bohemian charm. This district is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity. Stroll through narrow alleys adorned with Shikumen-style architecture housing galleries, studios, and boutiques. Enjoy a blend of contemporary Chinese artistry and traditional craftsmanship.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple
    Jade Buddha Temple

  4. Hop on a journey back in time as you explore Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town dating back over 1,700 years. Marvel at well-preserved bridges, traditional houses, and meandering canals that showcase the town's rich history as an important trading hub. You can ascend to Yuanjin Buddhist Temple for a spectacular panoramic view of Zhujiajiao. From this vantage point, appreciate the town's unique layout with its waterways, ancient architecture, and the blend of natural beauty and human ingenuity.

    Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town
    Zhujiajiao Water Town

    Relax as you take a leisurely cruise along Zhujiajiao's charming canals. Drift past stone bridges, ancient courtyards, and waterside residences, gaining a deeper appreciation for the town's timeless allure. The boat ride provides a serene perspective on Zhujiajiao's cultural and historical significance.

    Conclude your Zhujiajiao Water Town exploration, reflecting on the enchanting moments spent in this living testament to China's ancient past. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Harbin, leaving behind memories of a unique water town experience.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Harbin

  5. Commence your day with a visit to the iconic St. Sophia Church, a symbol of Harbin's rich history. You will marvel at the Byzantine architecture and the vibrant green domes of this Russian Orthodox church, which stands as a testament to Harbin's multicultural past. Then, have a leisurely walk along Central Street, a historic thoroughfare that preserves the city's architectural legacy. Lined with European-style buildings, shops, and cafes, the street provides a glimpse into Harbin's early 20th-century charm.

    St. Sophia Cathedral Harbin
    St. Sophia Cathedral on Central Street

    Proceed to Stalin Park, named after the Soviet leader. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Songhua River, taking in the scenic views of the city and the river. Capture memorable moments with photos of the iconic Harbin Flood Control Monument. Make a stop along the banks of the Songhua River. Choose to capture the winter beauty through photography or engage in optional winter activities such as ice skating, ice biking, or witnessing the daring winter swimmers plunging into the icy waters.

    In the late afternoon, immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the Temple of Bliss. Explore the temple's intricate architecture, Buddhist sculptures, and peaceful surroundings. Gain insights into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region. Conclude your day with a visit to the enchanting Ice Lantern Fair in Zhaolin Park. Witness a dazzling display of intricately crafted ice lanterns, sculptures, and illuminated installations, creating a magical winter wonderland.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Harbin Temple of Bliss
    Temple of Bliss

  6. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sun Island, a winter wonderland renowned for its stunning snow sculptures. Nestled along the Songhua River, this expansive park transforms into an outdoor art gallery during the Harbin Ice Snow Festival. You will be amazed at the intricate snow sculptures that range from traditional Chinese motifs to global landmarks. The park's natural beauty, combined with the creative genius of the sculptors, creates a mesmerizing spectacle that captures the essence of winter artistry.

    Transition from artistic beauty to wildlife majesty as you head to the Siberian Tiger Park. Home to one of the world's largest collections of Siberian tigers, this conservation park offers a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures up close. Gain insights into the park's efforts in tiger breeding and preservation while witnessing the awe-inspiring presence of these endangered animals.

    Harbin Siberian Tiger Park
    Siberian Tiger Park

    Continue your winter exploration with a visit to the Ice and Snow World, the crown jewel of the Harbin Ice Snow Festival. This vast theme park is a dazzling display of massive ice sculptures illuminated by colorful lights. Wander through a surreal landscape of intricate ice structures, each a testament to the skill and artistry of the sculptors. Experience the thrill of ice slides and immerse yourself in the interactive exhibits, creating memories of a magical winter adventure.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Harbin

    Ice and Snow World in Harbin
    Ice and Snow World in the evening

  7. Enjoy a leisurely morning at your own pace. Take this opportunity to relax and savor the final moments of your stay in Harbin. Depending on your preferences, consider exploring a local market, enjoying a cup of coffee at a charming cafe, or simply wandering through the streets to soak in the atmosphere. Harbin offers a variety of experiences, allowing you to tailor your morning to suit your interests.

    After that, your driver will escort you to the airport or train station for your onward journey. Board your flight or train with fond memories of your time in Harbin.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Shanghai / off Harbin;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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