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Summary : After visiting Shanghai, this fashionable but still traditional city, you will fly to Mt. Huangshan, a site always been considered as the “No. 1 Mountain under the Heaven”, for a short exploration. After that, what to expect? Why not go for a vacation to Hangzhou and Suzhou, for its elegant West Lake, for its delicate gardens and, for its peaceful water towns. It’s said that, Hangzhou and Suzhou, are “Paradises on the earth” while Wuzhen and Tongli, those two peaceful water towns, will be the very places that not far away from the paradises. Taking a stroll along the flow, you will find yourselves just step into a world, a world frozen in time. From Mt. Huangshan to water towns, take this exceptional opportunity to visit the golden triangle area in eastern China, which will waft you back to days gone by.

Day 1

Arrival Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, Paris of the Oriental, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meals
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Shanghai is a city unlike any other in China. It is the bustling economic heartbeat of China that enjoys all of the comforts and amenities of a fully modern metropolis. Shanghai today looks to regain its former position at the turn of 20th of being one of the largest financial centers in the world behind New York and London. It is a city that seamlessly blends East and West.
 

Day 2

Shanghai
Today, enjoy your full day city tour covering the Jade Buddha Temple. Then move to Yuyuan Garden, a Chinese classic garden in city downtown, and the nearby old street. Afterwards, take a short visit up to Oriental Pearl TV Tower and you can then have a leisure stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade. Tonight if you are interested, you can enjoy the Acrobatics show has an optional activity.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai
 
Oriental Pearl TV TowerToday you’ll find a Buddhism shrine - Jade Buddha Temple, which is located in a crowd of Shanghai City. It was first built in 1882 in Jiangwan on the southern outskirts of Shanghai. In order to make it convenient for the adherents to visit, it was bodily moved to Shanghai City at the present sire in 1918. It is named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha. It receives thousands of visitors and worshipers everyday while keeps its sanctity and charming. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of Chinese people.

Yuyuan Garden has a lot of stories for it was severely damaged in the 19th century and was restored in 1961. This garden was first built in the 16th century by provincial governor, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father who was the then government minister. It has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. The delicate design and exquisite layout of the whole garden reveals a strong impression of ’garden in the garden, whole in the part.

Completed in 1995 to a highly innovative design, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower includes 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels creating an artistic conception of "large and small pearls dropping onto a jade plate" in ancient Chinese poem.  It has become a symbol of excellence in architecture and is a favourite sight for tourists in Shanghai. Viewed from the Bund at night, the tower’s three-dimensional lighting creates an enchanting, brilliantly coloured display. At 468 meters, it is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. Two of the six tower elevators can reach the highest sphere in 40 seconds; here the visitor will discover shops, a rotating restaurant and a sightseeing floor. The view of Shanghai from here is breath-taking. 

Then it comes to the Bund, the showcase with the old buildings of colonial-era leftover along Huangpu River. The renowned waterfront district is the city’s most famous landmark. The word BUND is of Anglo-India origin meaning embankment on the waterfront. It is also the popular site to enjoy the night view of the city.

Shanghai offers colorful recreations with rich contents and creative form. Your night may be filled with an interactive old form of art known as the Acrobatics. Those professional performers have been trained of as early as age six or seven so that they can play so well and excellent. It definitely will be an unforgettable night in your memory.
 

Day 3

Shanghai    Mt. Huangshan 
Enjoy your own exploration in this city then be transferred to the airport in the early afternoon for the flight to Huangshan and check in at the hotel in the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Huangshan city

Mt. Huangshan After one hour’s flight, the plane will land at Huangshan City, which located at the south of Anhui Province and famous for the Mt. Huangshan and the scattered serene villages. Tomorrow we’ll find out more.
 

Day 4

Huangshan City    Mt. Huangshan
In the morning, you will be transferred to well-known Mt. Huangshan scenic area and climb up the mountain by cable car to have your exploration. Lunch and dinner will be served at the restaurant on mountain. Stay overnight at the top of the mountain.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On Mt. Huangshan

Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is one of China’s ten best-known scenic spots. It is characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines, grotesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Having all the features of mountain scenery, Mt. Huangshan is known as the No. 1 Mountain under the Heaven. Because of the mists and clouds, natural scenery in the area changes beyond prediction. Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese geologist and traveler in Ming Dynasty, praised Mt. Huangshan as the best of all mountains. 

Because of the limited water and food resources, the price climbs high on mountain. Please be careful while sight-seeing and environmental-friendly to the beautiful scenery. Take a good rest for tomorrow’s soul-stunning sunrise.
 

Day 5

Mt. Huangshan    Huangshan City
If you are interested, just get up early, you may have the chance to enjoy the fantastic sunrise amidst a sea of clouds in the summits. Then, you will be driven back to the city and visit Tunxi Old Street which is regarded as a span of the old-time memory of the area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Huangshan city

Tunxi Old StreetTunxi Old Street, located at the center of Tunxi District of Huangshan City, has been the distribution center of south Anhui Province knowing for the production of green tea and ink. It is the witness of the flourish of Anhui merchant’s for a period of time. The street is 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide with double-floor wooden houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties at two sides. So far, over 100 movies have been shot in the old street. Here you can buy featured souvenirs such as traditional Chinese medicine, Qimen Black Tea, Anhui ink stick, Shexian ink stone and Anhui Four Carvings.
 

Day 6

Huangshan City    Hangzhou
Depart from Huangshan City, take a 1 hour driving you will reach the ancient Yixian County and take a visit to Xidi Village and Hongcun Village. After the tour, you will take about 3.5 hours driving to Hangzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Hangzhou

Xidi VillageXidi Village is known for its unique and elegant wooden houses with prettified walls preventing rain infiltration, black tiles recording the history of the town, and decorative gate towers standing for the particular flavor of the architecture. The exquisite wood carvings, stone engravings and tile carvings are also can be found in Xidi. Walking into an ancient house, you will find yourself in a well-arranged garden with rockeries, fish ponds, stream and cobble-paved ground.

Hongcun Village, with a history over 400 years, has a cattle-like plan, a stream passes by every door in the village like cattle’s gut, a semi-lunar pond looks like cattle’s stomach, and the four bridges over the stream from the cattle’s feet. With marbled ground, black tiles, fresh red lanterns, elaborate woodcarvings and amazingly comprehensive water system, Hongcun Village is known as ‘the folk imperial palaces’.

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is located by the Qiantang River at the Southern end of the Grand Canal. As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake as the most well-known location. The Venetian Marco Polo supposedly visited Hangzhou in the late 13th century. His book refers to the city as "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world."
 

Day 7

Hangzhou
Today, enjoy your one day city tour that start with a visit to the West Lake, then, go for a short visit to Lingyin Temple, which is regarded as one of the four temples by the side of the West Lake. Afterwards, you will go to the Hu Qingyu’s Traditional Pharmacy and Tea Museum for a short yuvisit. Huaiyang Cuisine is available for your optional dinner (at your own expense).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hangzhou

"Rippling waters shimmering on a sunny day,
Misty mountains shrouded by the rain;
Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi;
West Lake is always alluring.”
 
West Lake These sentiments by the famous poet Su Dongpo, comparing West Lake with Xizi, the most renowned beauty of the Song Dynasty, leave one in no doubt of the splendor of the scenery that inspired them. Enclosed by the hills on three sides, the West Lake mirrors the surrounding landscape to form a panorama of great beauty. The lake was originally part of the Qitang River until its outlet became silted up. It is now 15km in circumference with an average depth of 1.8 meters.

The Lingyin Temple is regarded as one of the four temples by the side of the West Lake.  The main hall, 33.6 meters high, is one of China’s tallest single-story buildings, further distinguished by double eaves. Within, a statue of Sakyamuni, carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood and gilded with 104 ounces of gold, stands an impressive 19.6 meters high.

Built in 1874 by Hu Xueyan, a "red-top official merchant", the Huqingyu’s Traditional Pharmacy is worth mentioning that Huqingyu Drugstore fully carried out the medicine-making techniques and industry standards stated in the Prescriptions of the Bureau of Taiping People’s Welfare Pharmacy drafted by the authorities of the Southern Song Dynasty. It is also fair to say that Hangzhou is the origin of "ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia" and Hu Qingyu Drugstore is an inheritor of the great tradition.

While you are enjoying the beautiful sightseeing of Hangzhou, you can also try the well-known Huaiyang Cuisine which is the style prevailing in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Suzhou. The basin of the lower reaches of the Yangtze and the coast are blessed with the products of rivers, lakes and the sea; everything for seekers of fine food. Huaiyang dishes are characterized by the addition of a relatively high proportion of soy sauce.
 

Day 8

Hangzhou    Wuzhen Water Town
Just 1 hour driving, you will reach Wuzhen, this peaceful water town, which surrounded by rivers that has a special beauty that has not yet been overrun by tourists.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Wuzhen

Wuzhen Water TownEven on a cold, rainy spring day, Wuzhen, a town surrounded by rivers, about 80 minutes south of Shanghai, has a special beauty which has not yet been overrun by tourists. Its recent restoration gives it a pristine appearance missing in other traditional water towns such as Zhouzhuang.

Like many towns located south of the Yangtze River, Wuzhen is built along rivers, in this case the East Town River and Town River. They run through the town and main scenic spots all gather along rivers, which run 1.3 km from east to west. Visitors walked through the long pavilion and in front of shops, as the cries of vendors rise and fall on the ear. The air is full of the smells of fresh vegetables, walnuts, fish and shrimp. The signboards of coppersmiths and grain shops still swing in the wind, reminding tourists of their history, but the doors are tightly closed.
 

Day 9

Wuzhen Water Town    Suzhou
Continue your relaxing time there then, in the afternoon, take 2.5 hours driving to your next destination – Suzhou, another city been called "the paradise on earth".
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Suzhou

Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze Basin. And Suzhou remains one of the most beautiful cities in China with its blue web of interlocking canals and classical gardens that inspired the Chinese to name it “paradise on earth” and Marco Polo to call the city the “Venice of the East” during his visit.


Day 10

Suzhou
Suzhou is an ancient town interlaced by canals and has been aptly nicknamed the Venice of the East. Your sightseeing tour of Suzhou will cover the Humble Administrator’s Garden and New Suzhou Museum, the last masterpiece designed by I.M. Pei. Then continue to Silk Factory to find out how silk is being made. After the tour, be transferred back to your hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Suzhou

Humble Administrator’s Garden Humble Administrator’s Garden (Zhuozheng yuan) is the best representation of Chinese classical gardens of the Ming Dynasty. Its design is duplicated in many gardens throughout China, and there‘s even a replica in the New York Metropolitan Museum. In total, the garden contains 48 different buildings with 101 tablets, 40 stelae, 21 precious old trees, and over 700 Suzhou-style penza. In 1997, Zhuozheng Yuan, along with other classical gardens of Suzhou was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Suzhou Museum is a museum of more than 15,000 pieces of collections. Most are ancient paintings and calligraphy, ceramics, crafts, unearthed relics and revolution relics. New Suzhou Museum is the last design of Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei in his career. It is not only a public construction symbol in Suzhou, but also an innovative mark bridging Chinese architectural culture from the tradition to the future.

Silk has a history of some 4,500 years in China, so they have become adept at producing many different types of silk, as well as dyeing it and weaving different patterns into the fabric. Suzhou is famous for its silk production. In the Silk Factory you can see a display of the life-cycle of the silk worm and demonstrations of how the silk is harvested from the cocoons and eventually woven into fabric. It is quite astonishing to learn that one cocoon can produce about 2 km of silk strand, and that several of these strands are twined together to make a single thread. The process is so slow and painstaking; it comes as no surprise that genuine hand-made silk articles are so expensive.
 

Day 11

Suzhou    Tongli Water Town    Shanghai
After one hour driving, you will reach Tongli, another small water town. Enjoy your half day relaxing visit in Tongli and touch its profound culture and representative vista of water town in Southern China. In the afternoon, be transferred back to Suzhou and took your express train to Shanghai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

Tongli Water Town  Originally named Fushi, Tongli is an old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. Built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, it encloses 5 lakes and 15 canals dividing the town into 7 islands which are connected by 20 ancient bridges of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Tongli is famous for its one garden, two halls and three bridges. One garden refers to Tuisi Garden. Two halls are Chongben Hall and Jiayin Hall. Three bridges are Taiping Bridge (“Safety” in English), Jili Bridge (“Good luck” in English) and Changqing Bridge (“Longevity” in English). Local tradition calls for those celebrating a Wedding or Birthday to pass over all three bridges. 
 

Day 12

Shanghai
Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
JAN, FEB, DEC MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
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Using First Class Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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1 person   3332   3494   4138
2-5 persons 2032 2450 2113 2611 2435 3255
6-9 persons 1451 1868 1531 2030 1853 2673
10 persons & above 1160 1502 1232 1647 1557 2296
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
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Using First Class Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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1 person   3576   3765   4491
2-5 persons 2160 2692 2254 2881 2617 3607
6-9 persons 1579 2111 1673 2300 2036 3026
10 persons & above 1280 1730 1379 1928 1747 2663
Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
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1 person   3629   3874   4684
2-5 persons 2192 2745 2315 2991 2720 3800
6-9 persons 1611 2164 1734 2410 2139 3219
10 persons & above 1329 1810 1453 2063 1846 2848
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Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary. Airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included.
3. Accommodation (if include Yangtze cruiser) based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
4. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
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6. Travel insurance.
7. Government taxes.
 
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