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7 days 6 nights Shanghai/Wuxi/Suzhou/Hangzhou (PT7D-7)

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Shanghai is China’s most comprehensive industrial and commercial city, ranking the first in population and population density. As a tourist city, it attracts travelers from both home and abroad by its commercial activity rather than scenic beauty. Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East China Sea in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city.

Wuxi, which is sometimes dubbed “Little Shanghai” for its massively developing economy, is one of the most important origins for the Wu Culture that has dominated the region of Yangtze River South for almost 3,000 years. Wuxi is bordered by Changzhou to the west, Suzhou to the east, Taihu Lake to the south, Changing River to the north, and the Grand Canal flowing through the city. Filled with old canals, rivers and lakes, Wuxi’s waterway is a convenient means of transportation for locals, travelers and cargo. In Ming and Qing Dynasties, Wuxi was already an agricultural center and a significant national rice market. Thanks to its continuous development, Wuxi became a center of the textile industry until the early 20th century.

Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta in the south of Jiangsu Province. To the east is Shanghai, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. Since 42% area of the city is covered in water, Suzhou is praised as the Oriental Venice. Taihu Lake, four fifths of which is in the territory of Suzhou, is one of the four largest fresh lakes in China, with East Hill, West Hill and other scenic spots in its vicinity. The city is cut by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Together with a mild climate that makes it an available destination all year round and fertile landscape that yields abundance of produce, it is no wonder that Suzhou is called a paradise on earth.

The city of Hangzhou was founded about 2,200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty; it is listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China. Hangzhou is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. It has been ranked as one of the ten most scenic cities in China. Although Hangzhou has been through many recent urban developments, it still retains its historical and cultural heritage. Today, tourism remains an important factor for Hangzhou’s economy. One of Hangzhou’s most popular sights is West Lake. The area includes historical pagodas, cultural sites, as well as the natural beauty of the lake and hills. The Venetian Marco Polo visited Hangzhou in the late 13th century and referred to the city as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world.”


Tour Schedule
1 Arrive at Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel for 2 nights stay. (D)
2 Full Day City Tour (Yu Yuan Garden & The Jade Buddha Monastery & Shanghai Museum ) (B,L,D)
3 Via Train to Wuxi include Xihui Park, Jichang Garden. Transfer to Wuxi Sheraton Hotel. (B,L,D)
4 By bus to Suzhou selected gardens, Tiger Hill. Transfer to Suzhou Sheraton Hotel. (B,L,D)
5 Transfer to Huangzhou. Transfer to Hangzhou Shangri-La Hotel. (B,L,D)
6 Full Day Hangzhou city tour. (West Lake, Hua Gang Park, Ling Yin Temple). Evening train to Shanghai. Transfer to Shanghai Hotel. (B,L,D)
7 Departure from Shanghai.(B)

The price includes:

Hotels:

  • Shanghai Hotel Standard room for 3 nights, with ABF daily
  • Wuxi Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
  • Suzhou Sheraton Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily
  • Hangzhou Shangri-La Hotel Standard room for 1 night, with ABF daily

All airport transfers

All entrance fees to all sightseeing

Private English Speaking tour Guide, and Driver

All domestic airfare (Economy Class)

  • Shanghai to Wuxi
  • Hangzhou to Shanghai

This price excludes:

  • Gratuities for the Guides and Drivers
  • Incidentals in hotel such as dry cleaning, phone, mini bar
  • Inbound and outbound international air

Note:

  • Hotels used may be changed prior to tour but will be replaced with similar category of hotels
  • Price and availability subject to change without notice until deposit is received

Activities

Hua Gang Park

Description : Flower Harbor (Huagang) Park is adjacent to Su Causeway consisting of Red Fish Pool, Peony Garden, Flower Garden, widespread lawns and woods, occupying an area of 21 hectares. Initially, the park was a small private garden built and owned by Lu Yunsheng, an imperial official of the South Song Dynasty. The garden was located near the Flower Home Hill. Inside the park was a fishpond and a stream nearby was ushered into the pond for raising goldfish. Later the private garden began to gain a big fame in Hangzhou as Flower Harbor and became a recreation resort for viewing goldfishes. Painters and poets vied each other for depicting the garden in their inspirational artworks. In the Qing Dynasty, the park was relocated in today's place, much nearer to the West Lake. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty visited the Park on one of his inspection trips to this part of China. The emperor was so pleased and inspired by the flowers and goldfish he saw at the garden that he wrote a poem to praise the resort as well as in memory of his visit. Today's Flower Harbor is famed for its half-a-year-long flower scenery. The best time for flower viewing is when spring translates itself smoothly into summer. The garden is full of flowers. The red fish pond is fringed with blossoms and verdant trees while fishes hover and float soundlessly; the peony garden showcases the celestial tints and aromas in supreme elegance; streams bubble their way into the flower harbor, without minding the changing time. The widespread lawn is deeply colored by green grasses, and the dense wood hides away paths stretching into it under its flourishing grace.
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Huishan Clay Figurine Factory

Description : Huishan clay figurines made in Wuxi are one of the well-known folk arts in China . It is said that Huishan clay figurines have a history over 1,000 years, originating in the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period (386-581). The little clay figures are not only very cute and colorful, but also full of cultural connotations in them. "Da A Fu" is probably the most famous figure, which usually appears as a plump boy holding a green lion or a fish, symbolizing prosperity and luck. Children are one of the main themes of the figures. Like "Da A Fu", the typical children figures have large heads and smiling faces. There are mainly two types of the figurines, one molded and the other made by hand. The molded clay figures are relatively coarse and good as toys for kids. The hand-made figures are more delicate, creative and vivid, having a variety of characters that are largely based on traditional Chinese operas and the rich Chinese culture.
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Jichang Garden

Description : Jichang Garden, formerly known as Qin Garden, lies in the Xihui Park at the east foot of Mt. Huishan. Jichang Garden was once the site of two monasteries during the Yuan dynasty. In 1506-1521, Qin Jin, a high official of the Ming dynasty, built a garden, renowned for its unique and state-of-the-art landscaping style, at this site. After numerous repairs and expansions, it emerged to become one of the best gardens in Wuxi City.
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Ling Yin Temple

Description : The Temple itself is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, An Indian Monk Huili came to Hangzhou and he was so attracted by the beauty of Hangzhou that he believed the city must be the residence of gods. Hence, he built this temple in honor of this paradise-like place and named it Lingyin, which means "the place where gods rest in seclusion". The Lingyin scenic area is so large that you may need to choose a few of the more interesting areas to cover. Upon entering the Temple, turn left and you will see some huge stone statues that are reproductions of famous Buddha statues located in other temples. After finishing your visit, you can go to Lingyinsi vegetarian restaurant that is closely next to the temple and serves vegetarian dishes. These vegetarian dishes are some typical of the kind in China. Eating the vegetarian food might find you some sentiment of being a secluded god.
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Shanghai Museum

Description : As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum houses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Its unique architectural form of a round top with a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese philosophy that the square earth is under the round sky, is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional feature and modern spirit. The present Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. It extends warm welcome to the visitors from all over the world.
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The Jade Buddha Monastery

Description : The Jade Buddha Monastery is famous for the Jade Buddhas in it. During the rule of Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing dynasty, Hui Gen, an abbot from Putuo Mountain, went on a pilgrimage to Tibet traveling through China and finally arriving in Burma. He found Burma to be rich in jade and superb in craftsmanship. He wanted to bring carved jade Buddha back to China. He obtained donation of over 20,000 taels of silver and got special permission from the Burmese king to dig and select jade in the mountains. He hired excellent jade carvers to carve five jade Buddhas in various sizes, all decorated with treasured stones and big pearls. On his way back from Burma, he left two Buddha carvings in Shanghai for the Buddhist disciples there to worship.
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Tiger Hill (Suzhou)

Description : The hill, 3.5 kilometers northwest of the city, is surrounded by rivers and covered with pine and plum trees. On the hill stands the Yunyan Pagoda, Suzhou's oldest pagoda built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and the Duanliang (Broken Beam) Hall built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which is known for its unique beams. On the hill also lies the Jianchi Pond, under which the tomb of the King of the Wu State, He Lu, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C.- 467 B.C.) was built. With a dozen of other scenic spots, the hill is noted as the first tourist attraction in Suzhou.
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Wangshi Garden (Suzhou)

Description : Wang Shi Garden, or Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets, was originally the residence of Shi Zhenglong, a high official of the Song court who built it after he retired. The whole compound is made up of a garden and living quarters. The garden is located in the west, with a lake serving as the central point of the layout. On the lakeshores, corridors, pavilions, stone bridges and rockeries compose a scene of rich attractions. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art built a Chinese garden on the platform of the museum's second floor modeling after the Dianchunyi (Late Spring Studio) of the Wangshi Garden.
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West Lake

Description : The famous West Lake is like a brilliant pearl embedded in the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of the Hangzhou Bay. The lake covers an area of 5.6 square kilometers. The view of the West Lake is simply enchanting, which offers many attractions for tourists at home and abroad. On the gateway were inscribed four Chinese characters "Hao Qi Chang Chun" by Dr. SunYat-sen, meaning "Eternal Noble Spirit". Two-hundred-metre paveway lined with evergreen cypress trees lead to the Martyrs Tomb. Behind the tomb is a memorial wall made of stones. On the top stands the Statue of Liberty, symbolizing the martyrs' noble spirit of fighting for freedom and democracy. Near the tomb are pine trees planted by Dr. Sun Yatsen, Lin Shen and Jinlian Wu. That still stand tall and straight. Along the south path dozens of stone tablets are inscribed with epitaphs such as "Soul of Freedom"Immortal Spirit". Two stone dragon pillars, each more than three meters tall, stand opposite each other on both sides of the path. In addition to the Martyrs' Tomb, there are other revolutionary forerunners' tombs in the park. They are General Dawei Pan. General Zhongyuan Deng, General Xianri Yang, Mr. Ru Feng, Mr. Jianru Shi. The park also contains Huanghua Well, Huanghua Pavilion, Silent Pond, Square Pond, Octagonal Pavilion, Huanghua gardens, tennis courts and other scenic spots and activities services.
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Xihui Park

Description : Xihui Park is located 2.5 kilometers west of the Wuxi City, occupying an area of 6.85 square kilometers. Situated between Mount Xi and Mount Hui where it got its name, Xihui, it is the most important scenic spot in Wuxi City. The park comprises of numerous gardens, teahouses, temples and pagodas, such as Jichang Garden.
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Yu Yuan Garden

Description : Yu Yuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the Old Town of Shanghai, not far from the Bund. Pan Yunduan spent twenty years and all his savings building it to please his parents in their old age. In the garden you can feel the harmonies between the construction, plants and human.
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Hotels

Hangzhou Shangri-La Hotel

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Description : The Hangzhou Shangri-La Hotel is located on the northwest bank of the West Lake, a five minute walk to the Lake. The hotel is made up of two buildings, from the east building there are great views over the beautiful West Lake, from the west there are views of lush foliage and the flowering shrubs of the hotel gardens. The hotel has 387 rooms.
Amenities: Non-smoking rooms Laundry and valet services Babysitting Foreign exchange counter Express check-in and check-out Safe-deposit boxes House doctor on call Butler Services Beauty salon In-door Swimming Pool
Restaurant: Offering beautiful views of the garden, the Coffee Garden serves delicious a-la-carte and international dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. The Shang Palace Restaurant serves delicious Cantonese and Hangzhou cuisine in an ideal setting. After a tiring day, you can unwind at the cozy bar with a fine drink.
Guest Rooms: This hotel boasts well-appointed accommodation units that are equipped with all the essential amenities to ensure you utmost comfort.
Location: 78 Beishan Road, Hangzhou, China
Location Description: Overlooking Solitary Hill Island and the graceful Xiling Bridge, the Shangri-La Hotel is just across the West Lake and 5 minutes drive from the downtown. This property is 4 kilometers from the Hangzhou Railway Station and 37 kilometers from the airport.
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Shanghai Hotel

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Description : The hotel offers well-appointed meeting rooms for organizing your business as well as social events. After an exhausting day, you can workout in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, have a bracing dip in the swimming pool, pamper yourself at the sauna or avail the massage service. The hotel has 527 rooms.
Amenities: Baby sitting service Banquet facilities Business center Cocktail bar Disabled facilities Laundry facilities Gymnasium Lobby Reception Restaurant Room service Sauna Swimming pool
Location: 505 Wulumuqi Road North Shanghai
Guest Rooms: The property boasts 527 pleasantly decorated guestrooms, which provides its guests with modern and comfortable amenities. Attentive room service is also provided for your convenience.
Restaurant: Guests can dine at the on-site Bauhinia Restaurant that serves delicious cuisine for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. The Kawakyu Restaurant serves delectable Japanese cuisine for you to feast on. Sip your favorite cocktail while listening to the melodious music at the cozy bar.
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Suzhou Sheraton Hotel

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Description : Sheraton Suzhou Hotel has its own lagoon, canals and ornamental Chinese gardens. The hotel entrance is modeled after the famous Panmen Gate and the entire building is an architectural masterpiece which reflects the splendor of Suzhou's rich heritage and history. The hotel has 356 rooms.
Amenities: Meeting Facilities Business Center Currency Exchange Domestic Long-distance Access International Long-distance Access Broadband Internet Access in all room
Restaurant: Restaurant: Various Chinese restaurants serve food from different parts of China. There is also a restaurant that serves Western cuisines.
Guest Rooms: Guest Rooms: Rooms are well-appointed, comfortable and elegantly furnished.
Location: 259 Xin Shi Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Location Description: Location: The hotel is located right in the heart of the business and shopping district, which offers easy access to all areas of the city.
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Wuxi Sheraton Hotel

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Description : The Sheraton Wuxi Hotel and Towers is a brand new centrally-located hotel located in the heart of the Wuxi financial and commercial district. The hotel has 396 rooms.
Amenities: Meeting Facilities Domestic Long-distance Access Currency Exchange Ticketing Office Business Center Laundry Service Gift Shop Rooms with Handicap Access First Aid Beauty Salon Broadband Access in some room International Long-distance Access
Restaurant: Restaurants serve both Chinese and Western Cuisines.
Guest Rooms: All rooms feature standard amenities for international five star hotels.
Location: 403 Zhongshan Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China
Location Description: The hotel is located right in the heart of the business and shopping district, which offers easy access to all areas of the city.
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