5 Days Shanghai Extension Tour to Suzhou and Hangzhou

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-- The Bund
-- Lingering Garden
-- Pingjiang Old Street
-- West lake
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Tour Code: HRC-SH11

Tour Description

Go experience the amazing life of Old Shanghai together with Suzhou & Hangzhou, the two cities that share the pride of Paradise on Eeath. An average of 3 attraction spots per day and professional guides promise you enough time to appreciate all the wonders; the great traffic convenience among the three cities further saves you more energy and spares more travelling happiness.

Feast the European-fashioned old buildings along the Bund, the epitome of Old Shanghai.

Appreciate Lingering Garden Suzhou, one of the four most famous classic gardens of China.

Addicted to the leisure spell around Pingjiang Old Town of Suzhou.

Enjoy cruising on the West Lake, the core of Hangzhou charm.

Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Today's Activities After airport/ railway station pick-up and hotel transfer, you’ll start your vibrant Shanghai exploration. At the 600-year-old Temple of City God you’ll see scores of statues that represent this or that powerful Taoist immortal. Besides, you can have a taste of the delicious snacks at the famous snack square of the temple.

Then have a stroll along the 1,599-meter-long Nanjing Road, you'll be dazzled by the seas of garment, shoes, jewelry, accessory, snack and souvenir. The pedestrian street leads you to the Bund. Here you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions (Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style, etc.)

When the night falls, the Huangpu River cruise will provide you with the magnificent skylines on both the historic west side (the Bund), and the modern east side (Pudong New Area). The iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, bathed in night light, seems to be more charming.
Highlights
Temple of City God Nanjing Road the Bund          
Temple of City God Nanjing Road The Bund          
Day 2 Shanghai - Suzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch ) transfer by high-speed train
Today's Activities After breakfast, you’ll leave Shanghai for Suzhou by high-speed train. About 30 minutes later, you will set foot on the famous garden city. You’ll first visit Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous classic gardens in China. The sophisticated layout of the garden will surely offer you scene of beauty and refreshment at every turn. The three rockeries at the rear part of the garden is worthwhile your special attention.

Turn to another historical landmark in Suzhou, Panmen Gate.The grand gate is part of the ancient city wall (built in 514 B.C.) and received restoration in 1351 (during Yuan Dynasty ) . Stand on top of the gate tower, you’ll feast the enchanting view of the whole old town of Suzhou.

Then let's turn to Suzhou Silk Factory to see how the silk is processed from silk worm to the final product, and the interesting silk history in China.

Go on with an insightful tour around Pingjiang Old Street where the old lifestyle and everyday elements are kept to the utmost. You’ll go past the vegetable market, the unpolished streets and traditional residents as well as the simple happy locals who enjoy every minute home. Spend the night at downtown hotel of Suzhou and taste a good Suzhou night.
Highlights
Lingering Garden Panmen Gate Suzhou Silk Factory          
Symbolic rockery at Lingering Garden Panmen Gate Old spinning wheels at Suzhou Silk Factory          
Day 3 Suzhou - Hangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch ) transfer by high-speed train
Today's Activities let’s steer our attention to the guardian of Hangzhou, Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), which was built to calm the tidal water of Qiantang River and assist in navigation. Hangzhou is also known for its outstanding tea. Let's pay a visit to Meijiawu Tea Village to see how Chinese tea is produced(tea planting) and the profound Chinese tea culture.

In the late afternoon, you will visit the Hefang Street and get an insight of the classic toned pedestrian street built in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). You can have a great time appreciating paper cutting and hand-made dough figurines, or feast on dazzling local snacks like roasted walnuts and dragon-whisker candy. Moreover, you’ll spend a pretty night in Hangzhou.
Highlights
Six Harmonies Pagoda Meijiawu Tea Village Hefang Street Hangzhou          
Six Harmonies Pagoda Teahouses at Meijiawu Tea Village Night view of Hefang Street          
Day 4 Hangzhou - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) transfer by high-speed train
Today's Activities Prepare yourself for the biggest attraction in Hangzhou, West Lake. You’ll feast on the breathtaking scenery of West Lake by the best way, cruising. The splendidly decorated boat will take you across the lotus-lit lake, zigzag bridge and the distant view of the surrounding mountains and the magnificent Leifeng Pagoda.

Take the high-speed train to Shanghai and spend the afternoon as your free-time activity. Recommended is Xintiandi where elegant bars, tranquil tree-shaded street and old-Shanghai-fashioned houses are displayed. At night go enjoy Shanghai Acrobatic Show. The show features unbelievable body balancing performance such as nose balancing, glasses balancing, pagoda of bowls and jar juggling.
Highlights
West Lake Tongli Water Town Xintiandi Bar Street          
Lotus-lit West Lake Xintiandi Bar Street Shanghai Acrobatic Show          
Day 5 Shanghai- Departure ( Breakfast )
Today's Activities After breakfast you'll be sent to the Shanghai airport and wave goodbye to China. Wish you a nice journey!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotels: Accommodation in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day; Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Train ticket: Tickets of high-speed train;
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city's most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs.
The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Shanghai Hotel
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai
Grand Mercure Zhongya Hotel Shanghai is an international 4-star business & leisure hotel located next to Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel is within 2 minutes walking from Shanghai Railway Station and entrance of Shanghai Metro Line 1, 3 and 4. The famous attraction nearby is Jade Buddha Temple. Open in 2010, the new hotel boasts 288 rooms /suites that come with French styled decor and rich facilities
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai
Holiday Inn Express Shanghai is a 3-star business hotel. The hotel enjoys much transportation convenience. It's within walking distance to the Shanghai Metro Line 3 and Line 4 Shanghai Circus World Station. To better serve the guests, the hotel arranges shuttle bus to take them to the shopping malls within the commercial zone. Open in 2008, the hotel boasts a total of 472 rooms /suites. Most rooms enjoy as spacious as 32 square meters and comfortable bedding.
Hotels in Suzhou
Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou
Boasting unique Chinese architectural grandeur and exquisite garden features, Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel Suzhou is the ideal venue to for a rejuvenating retreat while indulging into the profound Chinese culture. 481 uniquely designed guestrooms are endowed with modern facilities and comforts, together with Pan Pacific's renowned personalized service, expect a memorable experience in Suzhou.
Garden Hotel Suzhou
Situated in western Suzhou, Garden Hotel is a 4-star stylish hotel with a preferable position. Just 10-minute drive from Guanqian Street, the hotel is equipped with well-appointed rooms with spacious area, modern decoration and free WIFI. With high-end services provided, Garden Hotel also offers many entertainment choices for guest, such as Karaoke, cycling and fitness center, etc.
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou
Traveller Inn Gusu Suzhou is a 3-star hotel, located in the heart of the city, with 108 guest rooms. Hotel's Restaurants offer Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Many other facilities are provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel also has a shopping center, a ballroom, and a bar and provides all kinds of services such as mailing, clinic, massage, laundry, and car rental. This hotel is neighbors the tourism center and famous parks of the city.
Hotels in Hangzhou
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, and close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake.
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
The 4-star Lakeview Hotel is only 3 minutse' walk from West Lake and 8 km from Lin Yin Temple. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, beauty salon and foot massage. Lakeview Restaurant serves meals with beautiful lake view, while Food Street offers garden views and local dishes. Daily breakfast is available at Solmer Western Restaurant.
Lily Hotel Hangzhou
Lily Hotel Hangzhou enjoys a pleasant surroundings with Hangzhou's top landmark West Lake some 15 minutes walking distance away. And it's just 3km from the city centre, 5km from train station and 30km from airport. The 180 guest rooms are well furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure the comfort of guests.

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include daily breakfast provided by the hotel, 3 lunches and 1 dinner.
You are free to make dinner arrangements by yourself.
The following is introduction to highly-praised local restaurants.

Shanghai

Shanghai is regarded as a kingdom of delicacies, where you can taste almost everything. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund

Suzhou

Suzhou cuisine is renowned for its unique sweet flavor, color and aroma, and it's always beautifully presented. Some of the best local dishes are songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish), Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel), Xigua Ji (Chicken Steamed in Watermelon Rind), etc.

Songshu Guiyu (Stewed and Fried Mandarin Fish) Xiangyou Shanhu (Stewed Shredded Eel)

Hangzhou

Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. Hangzhou dishes are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and its most refreshing taste.
-- Dongpo Pork: A little fatty but not oily. Named after Su Dongpo, a famous man of letters of Song Dynasty.
-- West Lake Sour Fish: featuring tender fish meat with sweet and sour sauce.
-- Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea: Sliced meat and crispy rice with fragrance of Longjing Tea

Dongpo Pork Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea
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Hello Cherry,

In Shanghai we have Matthew (Mr Fan) as tour guide and he is also a great tour guide! He looks after us and making sure we are not conned by the taxis and also other things to look out for. He makes sure the driver drives safely and also not to talk on the mobile phone while driving. Many minor things are well taken care by Matthew. It seems minor but it means a lot to us! He has good knowledge of Shanghai and we will recommend you to use him often as a tour guide for your other customers! Matthew is also very initiative tour guide as he always avoids using the route where there are many other visitors and we can have fun and taking our time to enjoy every moment!

The Shanghai Acrobatic show! We enjoyed it thoroughly! Thank you for the beautiful seats they are right at the front of the theatre!

Customer: Mr. Monori

Destination:Shanghai

Related Tour: Shanghai Acrobatic show , 3 Days Shanghai Impression Tour

Dear Libby,

Regarding our trip in China, I want to say that it was very successful on all scales. It was very well organized from your side and all the people (drivers, tour guides) were very helpful and nice. You all did great job.

Tour guides: they were all very nice and friendly. We liked them all.

Drivers: the same. they are nice and friendly.

Accommodation: in general, they were also fine. there are some very small issues but they do not matter. In the end they are all 3 stars hotels.

Of course it was a pleasure to talk with you and with your colleagues and in fact I would love to visit china again. When I come next time I will definitely call you and I will also recommend my friends, who want to visit china, to make their tour through "China tour Guide".

Customer: Mr. Malaeb

Destination:Hangzhou - Suzhou -Shanghai

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