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9 Days Best Scenic and Culture Tour Around Shanghai

From $685 per person

Tour Style:
This 9-Day tour package covers the best cities around Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan. Shanghai offers a lot in the way of a big city, it lacks the depth of cultural and historical sights.But you can combine Shanghai with trips outside the city to take advantage of the interesting places nearby. Such as visit Suzhou's ancient gardens and spend a leisure time in water town, enjoy the beauty of West lake in Hangzhou, explore the "No.1 Mountain under the Heaven"-Huangshan...

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Attractions(Cities):
Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou Huangshan

Pick-up point:
Shanghai International Airport (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Shanghai International Airport (based on your requirement)

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Summary

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Day 2 Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, Nanjing Pedestrian Street, The Bund, Huangpu River Night Cruise
Day 3 Shanghai to Suzhou by Bullet train: take bullet train to Suzhou,Lingering Garden,Tiger Hill,Pingjiang Ancient Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
Day 4 Suzhou to Hangzhou by Bullet train: Tongli Water Town,take train to Hangzhou
Day 5 Hangzhou: Boat cruise around West Lake, Fish Watching at Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Qinghefang Old Street, Impression West Lake Show
Day 6 Hangzhou to Huangshan by Bullet train: Tunxi Ancient Street
Day 7 Huangshan: Hongcun Ancient Village, Huangshan Scenic Area
Day 8 Huangshan to Shanghai by Bullet train: Enjoy Huangshan Sunrise,Take train to Shanghai
Day 9 Leave Shanghai

DAY 1

  • Place&Transport: Arrive in Shanghai (the international flight is not inclueded)
  • Today's Activities: Transfer to your hotel from airport
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Shanghai
  • Meal: N/A

Welcome to Shanghai! Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country. In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental. 

Upon on your arrival in Shanghai, our Shanghai local guide will meet you at the exit of airport with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". Transfer to your hotel in Shanghai for check-in and the rest day is free on your own to explore the city or recover the jetlag.

DAY 2

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, Nanjing Pedestrian Street,The Bund, Huangpu River Night Cruise
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Shanghai
  • Meal: B, L, D

After breakfast, drive you to visit Shanghai Museum. It houses a comprehensive collection that perfectly showcases the Middle Kingdom's millennia old history. Spread over five floors, covers most of the major categories of Chinese art with a collection of 12, 300 pieces in 21 categories of valuable cultural relics.

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Next you will visit Yuyuan Garden, it not only regarded as best private garden in Shanghai but also the best in southeast China.The garden enjoyed a history over 400 years since its first establishment by Pan Yunduan who had intended to bring happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives.

Then, walk to Yuyuan Bazaar, there are many small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.It is an ideal place for you to find some specialists.

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Lunch will be arranged at Nanxiang Dumpling House to try the most famous Shanghai Xiaolongbao(soup dumpling).A favorite of dim sum eaters around the globe, are considered to be a Shanghai specialty, rumored to have originated here in the 19th century. Legend has it that this world-renowned snack started out as an experiment by a cake shop owner in Nanxiang who decided to try out a riff on his popular steamed bread. 

After lunch, drive you to the Bund area. The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai.When you come here, you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions and know why Shanghai is glorified as "Paris of the East". There are a number of attractions in the area, such as Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Century Park, Century Boulevard, Jinmao Tower etc. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.

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Continue your tour to Nanjing Pedestrian Street, another popular landmark of Shanghai. It is a shopping paradise as well as a ideal place tootake a wonderful walk to explore the modern atmosphere of the city.

After dinner, you will take the Night cruise along the Huangpu River. When traveling in Shanghai, you should not miss a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. It is the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline views of colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers along the river.

After the cruise, you will be taken back yo your hotel in Shanghai.

DAY 3

  • Place&Transport: From Shanghai to Suzhou by bullet train
  • Today's Activities: Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Pingjiang Ancient Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Suzhou
  • Meal: B, L

After breakfast, our driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby and drive you to Shanghai train station to catch the bullet train to Suzhou. Upon on your arrival, our Suzhou guide will wait for you at the exit of train station with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". 

The first stop for Suzhou tour is Lingering Garden. It is one of the four most famous gardens in China with plenty of exquisite halls in various sizes, shapes and colors, possessing Qing style. If you want to savor a natural beauty in a man-made garden? Lingering Garden (Liu Garden in Chinese),such a famed garden with delicate designed architecture, featured shaped stones and idyllic scenery, can satisfy your needs. As one of the Four Famous Garden, Lingering Garden will give you a visual treat. 

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After admireing the classic Chinese gardens, our guide will take you to a local restaurant for lunch to try the authentic Suzhou food.

In the afternoon, continue your tour to visit Tiger Hill, one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Suzhou. It is in fact a hillock about 30 meters in height. However,this tourist attraction site comprises nearly a dozen of historic and cultural relics to see, including Tomb of King He Lu, Yunyan Pagoda, Sword-testing Stone, the Thousand Men Rock, and the Sword Pond. The millennium-old Tiger Hill Yunyan pagoda stands on the top of the hill and is considered as the symbol of Suzhou.

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Next, you will have a lesuire time to walk along the ancient street-Pingjiang Ancient Street.With the length of 1,606 meters, Pingjiang Road parallels with Pingjiang River. The typical houses of ancient Suzhou with white walls and black tiles are standing by the street, simple and unsophisticated. Today, the old town of Suzhou centred around Pingjiang Road in the northeast, remains little changed since Song Dynasty, some 800 years ago.

Finally, visit Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory. Suzhou has a long and rich history of silk culture, including mulberry tree and silk worm cultivation and turning raw silk into beautiful fabric. The Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory is more like a museum which shows you how the silk is made from cocoons from the beginning and the whole silk process.

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After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Suzhou.

DAY 4

  • Place&Transport: From Suzhou to Hangzhou by Bullet Train
  • Today's Activities: Tongli Water Town, take train to Hangzhou
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Hangzhou
  • Meal: B, L

After breakfast, drive you to visit Tongli Water Town, it takes around 1 hour from Suzhou downtown. 

Tongli Water Town is over 1000 years old and has only recently been changed into a tourist attraction. The town is characterized by stone bridges and well preserved ancient architecture including private gardens, temples and houses. 

Firstly, pay a visit to Retreat and Reflection Garden, a traditional Suzhou-style garden. Built in 1885, it joined Suzhou's other classical gardens in 2001 in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In spite of the garden's similarities to other standard Suzhou-style layouts, the east-west axis is unique for the region. Your private guide will accompany you along the way, introducing the varied and unique features. 

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Next, move on to Luo Xingzhou, a small island town at the heart of Tongli Lake. Regal housing and gardens and ancient bridges and walkways merge to create a magical isle. Cruise the tranquil waters in a traditional wooden boat, taking in the river's vistas before wandering the island town. 

Break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant to taste some food in Water town.

After lunch, visit Chongben Hall to view its intricate collection of wood carvings inspired by the folklore of the Yangtze River Delta. You will also walk around Jiayin Hall, a traditional mansion constructed in 1912. Scattered with engravings depicting "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", a seminal Chinese novel, the complexity and precision of the craftsmanship and carvings in this mansion are simply astounding. 

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Afterwards, go for visiting the Three Bridges. Tongli has more than 50 bridges, however the three most popular are the Taiping, Jili, and Changqing bridges. When celebrating milestones such as births, weddings or birthdays, locals will cross the bridges and pray for health, happiness, and future prosperity. As you walk the bridges, your guide will explain their folklores while you take in the scenery. 

After the tour, transfer to Suzhou train station to catch the bullet train to Hangzhou. Once you arrived in Hangzhou, our guide will wait for you at exit of station with a sign "China Private Tour" and escort you to your hotel directly. Our tour guide will help you check in.

DAY 5

  • Place&Transport: Hangzhou
  • Today's Activities: Boat cruise on West Lake, Fish Watching at Flower Park, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Qinghefang Old Street, Impression of West Lake Show
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Hangzhou
  • Meal: B, L, D

In the morning, our local Hangzhou tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Firstly, taking a boat sailing on the picturesque West Lake. This is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the beautiful scenery with its islands, causeways, temples, pagodas and ornamental planting. It is not surprised that you’ll become a part of this traditional Chinese painting. It is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility.

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Next, walk around Fish Watching at Flower Park, which is one of top ten West Lake sceneries. This area now has been made into a 22 hectare (54 acre) park with many varieties of trees and flowers, featuring a peony garden which blooms in April and a goldfish pond which is the famous site for fish watching

Afterwards, you will pay a visit to the biggest and oldest Buddhist Temple in Southern Part of China-Lingyin Temple. Lingyin temple & Fei Lai feng, one of the top ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes. It is really a tourist attraction that can offer you appealing places of historic interest, cultural relics as well as agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc.

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Your lunch is arranged at a Local Tea Farmer's Tea House. We can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare and cook local delicacies if you are interested in it. You can learn how to cook Beger's Chicken, Westlake carp fish in vinegar source (Do not be scared, no bones!!! Aha), Lotus root, bamboo shoot...and many other tasty vegetables. If you don’t want to cook, just enjoy the local delicacies.

In the afternoon, drive you to enjoy the view of Dragon Well Tea Plantation and learn the local Tea Culture. Longjing Green Tea plantation & village (Meijiawu), which is the origin place for the most famous green tea - Longjing in china with beautiful natural scenery (There are many tea houses in the village, and you will have a chance to taste/try the local tea)

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Later go for Qinghefang Old Street. It is a good place to experience the life of Old Hangzhou, because it is the epitome of historic Hangzhou. A great place for shopping, eating, and sightseeing. You can see the well-preserved old buildings, explore the interesting boutique stores, and choose your favourite souvenirs. 

After dinner, go for enjoy a performance-Impression West Lake Show. It is one of most popular night show in China, it takes around 50 minutes to show you some Hangzhou local culture and folktale...After the show, you will be taken back to your hotel.

DAY 6

  • Place&Transport: From Hangzhou to Huangshan by bullet train
  • Today's Activities: Tunxi Ancient Street
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Huangshan
  • Meal: B, L

Pick up from your hotel and drive you to Hangzhou train station to catch your bullet train to Huangshan. Upon on your arrival, our Huangshan tour guide will meet you at the exit of the station with welcome sign "China Private Tour". You will start your tour directly.

Firstly, our tour guide will take you to a local Chinese restaurant that serves typical Huangshan dishes. 

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After lunch, you will visit the Tunxi Ancient Street, which  was built in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The colorful bazaars of local features are displayed in front of your eyes. You will find antique shops, medicine shops, tea houses, restaurants and galleries in the street.

Drive you to your hotel after the tour, our tour guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is free on your own.

DAY 7

  • Place&Transport: Huangshan
  • Today's Activities: Hongcun Ancient Village, Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain)
  • Accommondation: Stay on the top of Yellow Mountain
  • Meal: B, L

In the morning, check out from your hotel and drive you to visit Hongcun Ancient Village, is the best example of typical Anhui-style architecture. Hongcun is the China you think of when you think of ancient China. Many of the buildings in Hongcun can be dated back to the Song Dynasty and is regarded as the best example of typical Anhui-style architecture. Called “the ancient village in Chinese paintings”, Hongcun is so quiet, peaceful and beautiful which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, together with Xidi village.

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After lunch, drive you to foothill of Mt.Huangshan, where you will take Yungu cable car to the top of Mt.Huangshan.

Along the uphill way, you will see the Beginning-to-Believe Peak,  The Lion Peak, Brush Pen Peak, A Monkey Gaping at the sea and other attractions, enjoy the fantastic sunset on Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. Upon reaching the top, you are greeted with a breathtaking view of Huangshan Mountain. This is when you truly discover why it is known as the "the loveliest mountain of China."

Stay overnight on the top of Huangshan Mountain.

DAY 8

  • Place&Transport: From Huangshan to Shanghai by bullet train
  • Today's Activities: Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain)
  • Accommondation: Four Stars Hotel (Can be customized) in Shanghai
  • Meal: B, L

If the weather permits, get up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise view of Huangshan Mountain. The best place for watching sunrise is from Refreshing Terrance, it is also closest spot from your hotel. In good-weather days, you can see clearly the golden light of the sun piercing the mists, and rocky peaks rising above the frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds. After the sunrise, get back to your hotel for breakfast.

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Continue your wonderful sightseeing on the Yellow Mountain to see the famous Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk along the wood path to the cable station to take a cable car to exit the mountain. Your driver is ready at the mountain foot to transfer you back to Huangshan City for lunch.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Huangshan train station for the afternoon train to Shanghai. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, our guide will pick you up at the exit of the train station and drive you to your hotel, the guide will help you check in.

DAY 9

  • Place&Transport: Leave Shanghai
  • Today's Activities: Transfer from your hotel to Shanghai airport
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: B

Today is free on your own until our driver transfer you to Shanghai international airport and you fly back home. Your 9 Days Best Scenic and Culture Tour Around Shanghai comes to end. Wish you enjoy your trip!

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All  transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharing one standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels, Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered
6. Admission Fee: All first admission/entrance fee     s in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide


Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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