|Shanghai Nanjing Road|
|The Bund of Shanghai|
|Shanghai Oriental TV Tower|
|Zhouzhuang Water Town|
|Suzhou Tiger Hill View|
|Humble Administrator’s Garden|
|Master of the Nets Garden|
Day 1 - Arrival in Shanghai(-/-/-)
Accommodation -Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya (4 Stars)
After your arrival in either airport of Shanghai (Hongqiao or Pudong International Airport), our guide will wait there ahead of time and welcome you at the exit. And then we transfer to your hotel, on the way, our guide will give some brief introduction to Shanghai.
After checking in and a short break, your trip in Shanghai will start with traveling to the Bund and Nanjing Pedestrian Road. Both of them are the historic landmarks of Shanghai. The Bund is the worldwide famous museum for exhibiting diverse humankind’s architectural styles, especially the westerners’ gothic and baroque building complexes. It is the best place to have a panoramic walk to view the west traditional Shanghai and the east new Shanghai. Walking further westwards for a second, you reach the busy and bustling fashion and shopping zone of China – Nanjing Road, which boasts the No.1 business street and shopping street of China.
Day 2 – Transfer to Suzhou from Shanghai (B/L/-)
Accommodation - Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou (4 Stars)
This morning, you trip starts with a soft-seat train transfer to Suzhou from Shanghai. Suzhou known as the backyard of Shanghai is the most neighboring city of Shanghai. It is a classic city for its great culture and history in China, especially the Kunqu Opera and its classical gardens. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your guide of Suzhou at railway station, and then transferred to your hotel in Suzhou.
Your first tourist destination of Suzhou is the Master of the Nets Garden. This is a typical garden built in Song Dynasty. It was originally ordered to be built in the year of 1174, in the South Song Dynasty by an official removed from the government, and firstly named as Ten-thousand of scrolls Hall, the forerunner of the Master of the Nets Garden. In a period of 500 years from Song dynasty to Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, the hosts of this garden were changed again and again. Till the Qing emperor Qianlong's reign, the name was changed to the present one.
Then we take a visit to a silk workshop to view the whole procedure of silk products.
Afterwards, we head to the Tiger Hill, the most famous historic zone of Suzhou for its far-reaching historical sites and buildings, Tiger Hill to Suzhou is a landmark of history and culture, for it witnesses the past of Suzhou. The age of Tiger Hill is the same as the history of Suzhou. In China, it is as famous as gardens too.
The rest time will be spent traveling to the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest and most famous classical garden of China. It is one of China’s four top most classical gardens, and has the same fame with Beijing Summer Palace. It was built in the reign of Zhengde in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and traditionally expresses a kind of idea of ancient people. Up to today, it has a history of more than 500 years. Humble Administrator’s Garden is under the state-level protection, and boasts the motherhood of Chinese gardens. In 1997, it was listed as the UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
Day 3 – Travel in Zhouzhuang & Back to Shanghai (B/-/-)
Accommodation - Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya (4 Stars)
Today, we will move to Zhouzhuang to view a unique side of traditional China – the water town. Zhouzhuang is the representative of Chinese water towns. Zhouzhuang is close to downtown Suzhou. It just takes one hour or so by car. The whole water town is quite large, so you need some time to find something interesting following the introduction of guide. Different from current city life and layout, Zhouzhuang is another world disconnected with the outside fashionable modern world. It is an old and unsophisticated, including navy-blue and narrow lanes, off-white residences, blocky stone bridges and lingering river below the windows. Shen Mansion is a highlight deserving a visit, and it is the former residence of Shen Wansan, the richest businessman of early Ming Dynasty and said to be a bosom friend of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of Ming Empire.
Ending the traveling, we will transfer to your hotel in Shanghai.
Day 4 – Travel in Shanghai (B/L/-)
Accommodation - Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya (4 Stars)
You may pay an attention to this skyscraper - the Oriental Pearl Television Tower when you were traveling around the Bund on the first day. It is on the east side of Huangpu River with a height of 468 meters. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the highest landmarks of Shanghai. A double-decker elevator could raise you up to the sightseeing platform to have a panoramic view to the whole city and take some recreational activities. Moreover, through the window, you can see other world’s tallest buildings such as Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower.
After that, there is a visit to Shanghai Museum. Shanghai museum is a large and comprehensive museum exhibiting Chinese ancient arts and culture, as famous as Beijing Imperial Palace, Shenyang Imperial Palace, Shaanxi History Museum and Nanjing Museum. Shanghai Museum is also the youngest but has the fastest development, thanks to the strongest financial support from Shanghai Municipal Government. A great many collections are directly bought overseas or from other museums in the world.
Then we have a short visit a Pearl Factory to see the valuable but rarely-seen procedure of making pearls.
After lunch highlighted with local cuisine of Shanghai, we move to Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden together with the Old Street is the most famous garden in Shanghai. This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops, tea and snack houses centered a Ming-dynasty mandarin Suzhou-style garden is a fascinating spot to people-watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai. It is well worth a meander through the Yuyuan Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways.
Day 5 – Departure from Shanghai (B/-/-)
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You are going to the Jade Buddha Temple this morning. Jade Buddha Temple located on the north of downtown Shanghai, exactly on the intersection of Anyuan Road and Jiangning Road. Originally built in 1918, Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple is a building complex featuring the architectural style of Song Dynasty. On the axes of the temple, there are the main buildings such as the Heavenly King Hall, Grand Hall of the Great Sage and Jade Buddha Building. On both sides of the axes, visitors can see the Lying Buddha Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, Bronze Buddha Hall and Meditation Hall. Jade Buddha Temple is the most famous monastery in Shanghai. On the first day, and the fifteenth day every month, or on the traditional festivals of Buddhism, the Buddhists gather here to pray for blessing of Buddha. It is a metropolitan temple in China characterized of the tradition and modernity. In 1983, Jade Buddha Temple was approved as the key site under the national-level protection.
After this, your 5 days trip will end, and our guide will send you to airport for your next destination.
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Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L= Chinese lunch, D= Chinese dinner)
Experienced English speaking guide in each city
Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
Domestic flights (economy class), airport tax and fuel charge
Service Charges & Government Taxes
Travel Agency Liability Insurance
Personal expenses such as: excess luggage charge (please verify your flight documentation), beverages, laundry services, etc.
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