China Tour from Detroit

SG20-INTL: 13 Days Tour of Detroit - Guangzhou - Huangshan - Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Shanghai - Detroit
Tour Type: Independent Travel
Accommodation: 11 nights, nice 3-star hotels
Meals: 11 western buffet breakfasts

Highlights:
  • Enjoy the vibrant nightlife, beautiful views of the Peral River in Guanghzou
  • Visit Mr. Huangshan, one of the most scenic mountains in China
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Flying from Detroit
There is no direct flight from Detroit to Guangzhou, so you may make connections in New York. The overall travel time is around 21-24 hours. Please book an appropriate flight based on your travel schedule. Please go to the airport and take the flight to Guangzhou by yourself on the day of travel.
Day 2 Arrival in Guangzhou
Five-Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park
Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou
Upon arrival at Baiyun International Airport, you may find your way to the pre-booked hotel. TravelChinaGuide suggests you the 4-star President Hotel, located 140 yards west of Gangding Subway Station of line 3. You can take subway line 3 from Airport South to Gangding with a transfer at West Tiyu Road Station; you don't need to get out of the station but board the train again on the other side of the platform. Use Exit C and walk westwards to find the hotel. You may also take a taxi from the airport directly, which costs around CNY130 and takes about one hour. Please have a good rest at the hotel in the remainder time of the day to get your strength back from the long air journey and prepare for your following trip. Or you can walk around to get familiar with the neighborhood generally.

Accommodation Suggestion: President Hotel
Day 3 Guangzhou
We advise you start your day in Guangzhou with the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. You can cross the road and take bus b3, b4, or b4a on the opposite of your hotel to Zhongshan Ji'niantang. When alighted, enter the memorial hall from its southern gate. After the visit, exit from the northern gate and you will find the Yuexiu Park right across the road.

At lunch time, you may come out of the park from the western gate and have a taste of the local food on the North Jiefang Road. Then continue your visit to the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, directly facing the western gate of the Yuexiu Park. Usually, 40 minutes are enough for a visit. After that, you may hail a taxi back to your hotel with a fare of CNY30, or take subway line 2 from Yuexiu Park Station to Haizhu Square and spend some time on the square, the nearby Yide Road, and Beijing Road Pedestrian Street to the east.

In the evening, the enchanting night scene along the Pearl River should not be missed. You may take a Pearl River Night Cruise at Tianzi Wharf, which is about 5 minutes' walking east of the Exit A of Haizhu Square Subway Station. After viewing the splendid scenery, take a taxi back to your hotel at a cost of CNY25.
Day 4 Guangzhou - Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan
Our suggestions for today are the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family and Shamian Island. In the evening, you will take a plane to Huangshan, the second destination of your Guangzhou Huangshan Shanghai tour package, and you are supposed to book the air tickets in advance. Usually, the tickets in travel peak seasons are in great demand, so you are suggested to book the tickets with TravelChinaGuide as early as possible to have a better discount.

Please check out of the hotel after breakfast and leave your luggage at the front desk. Walk to Gangding Subway Station and take line 3 to West Tiyu Road, where you can transfer to line 1; use Exit D of Chen Clan Academy Station and you will see the old building in front of you.

After the visiting, you may take subway line 1, via two stops, to Huangsha. Leave from Exit F and go across the overpass, there is a bridge leading to the Shamian Island, which is a perfect place to relax.

When the visit is over, you can go back to Huangsha Subway Station to take line 1 to Gangding of line 3, with a transfer at West Tiyu Road, and then walk back to your hotel to collect the luggage. Or, you can take a direct taxi to your hotel in 35 minutes with a fare of CNY40. Then, take subway line 3 from Gangding to Airport South Station to catch your flight. Passengers taking domestic flights are required to get to the airport at least two hours in advance. Thus, we advise you head back to your hotel about three hours ahead of your flight's departure time.

Upon arrival in Huangshan, please check into a hotel. We recommend you the 4-star Xin'an Country Villa Hotel on Huashan Road. Taking a taxi is the easiest way to reach the hotel, and the taxi fare is around CNY20. It takes about 10-15 minutes on the way.

Accommodation Suggestion: Xin'an Country Villa Hotel
Day 5 Huangshan
Our suggestions for today is to visit Huashan Mysterious Grottoes and Tangyue Memorial Archway in the morning and explore the Shexian County in the afternoon. Please have enough breakfast in the hotel, since you may have to spend a long time for the morning's visiting. You may take a taxi to go directly to Huashan at a cost of CNY35. The recommended time for a visit is around two hours.

As there is no direct bus from Huashan Mysterious Grottoes to Tangyue Memorial Archway, you are advised to take a taxi to get there in 30 minutes at a cost of CNY45. Shexian County is 3 miles east of Tangyue Archway and can be accessed by bus no. 2. Take that bus and get off at Huizhou Fuya, then you can start your exploration of the Huizhou Ancient City, which used to be the local government of Shexian County in old times. Strolling around the old city, you can admire Hui-style buildings and delve into the history of this place. There are also many snack workshops along the quaint flagstone lanes. You can feast yourself with delicious cuisines in lunch time.

On your return, you may take bus no. 4 from Hui Garden to Shexian County Bus Station. There, you can get on a direct bus back to Huangshan Tunxi Bus Station. When arriving in Huangshan, take a taxi to your hotel with a fare of CNY7.

For your convenience and to smooth your trip, you can also hire a car to complete the whole day's tour. The rent charges around CNY500-600 per day.

You will make a trip to the Yellow Mountain the following morning and stay overnight at the 4-star Baiyun Hotel on the mountain. Tonight, please pack up your luggage, and prepare some necessities for one night's stay on the mountain.
Day 6 Huangshan
Please check out of the hotel and store your heavy luggage at the reception desk after breakfast. Take the requisites along with you to start today's tour. As it is an energy-consuming trip of your trip, it is advised you take some snacks as well. Take a taxi to Huangshan Tunxi Bus Station. There are buses to the Yellow Mountain every 20 minutes from 6:00 to 17:30. The bus ticket is around CNY20 per person, and the journey should take around 70 minutes. When you arrive at the scenic area, please buy a tourist map and follow the route below to visit the mountain: Entry Gate (Tangkou) –> Yungu Temple –> White Goose Range -> Black Tiger Pine –> Bright Summit Peak -> Falling Rock from Sky -> Tianhai -> Baiyun Hotel (check in)–> Turtle Peak –> Ladder on the Clouds–> Guest Greeting Pine –> Three Islands at Penglai –> Mid-Level Temple – Stand Horse Bridge -> Mercy Light Temple -> Jade Screen Pavilion - > Lotus Peak (sunset) –> Baiyun Hotel.

Please note that you have to take the shuttle bus from the Tourist Dispatch Center near the entry to Yungu Temple, which takes about 30 minutes and costs CNY19 per person. Then the cable car of Yungu Temple-White Goose Range and Mercy Light Temple - Jade Screen Pavilion charges CNY80 per person for a single way.

Viewing the sunrise on Bright Summit Peak is a must for every backpacking traveler. To enjoy the most spectacular scene of the sunrise, you have to get up at around 4:00 the next morning, so please go to bed early and have a good rest for next day's tour.

Accommodation Suggestion: Baiyun Hotel
Day 7 Huangshan
After getting up at 4:00, you may have a quick wash and head to the Bright Summit Peak to wait for the sunrise. It is very cold on the top of the peak then, so please wear warm clothing. Afterwards, you may pay a visit to the nearby spots or head back to the hotel to get more sleep. Check out of the hotel before 12:00 and descend the mountain after lunch on foot or by the cable car from White Goose Range or Jade Screen Pavilion. Take a bus at the Tourist Dispatch Center back to Huangshan Tunxi Bus Station, and then take a taxi back to your hotel. Check in again and have a rest. Then walk southward along the Huashan Road for 15-20 minutes, you will arrive at the Tunxi Ancient Street. Explore the street and have dinner before getting back to your hotel on foot or by taxi.
Day 8 Huangshan - Hangzhou
West Lake, Hanghzou
West Lake, Hangzhou
You are advised to take a bus to Hangzhou today. The bus ticket is CNY90 per person and can be bought when you arrive at the station or booked through your hotel in advance. Please check out after breakfast and take a taxi to Huangshan Tunxi Bus Station. Get on the bus to Hangzhou by following the broadcast. The bus journey takes about 3.5 hours. Upon arrival at Hangzhou West Bus Station, please find a hotel for rest. You are recommended the 4-star SSAW Hotels, which is about 630 yards east of the West Lake Scenic Area. You can take a taxi to the hotel directly and the taxi charge is around CNY30.

Accommodation Suggestion: SSAW Hotel
Day 9 Hangzhou
The highlight of your Guangzhou Huangshan Shanghai tour package in Hangzhou is, of course, the West Lake. You may walk westward along Jiefang Road to the lake within 10 minutes. The lake is very large, so we advise you buy a map at the entry and visit the scenic spots selectively according to your personal interest. You may also take a battery car at a cost of CNY40 to have a complete visit to the scenic spots around the lake. The battery car can stop anywhere for passengers to get on and get off. But once you alighted, you need to pay for boarding again.

Nanshan Road, lying on the eastern and southern banks of the West Lake, is your next stop. Historical buildings, teahouses, coffee shops, characteristics restaurants, art shops are lined on both sides of the road. You may have lunch in one of the restaurants, and then walk north while enjoying the historic attractions aside. You may end up at the joint of Nanshan Road and Xihu Avenue, go eastwards along the avenue until you see a quaint Drum Tower. Go through the tower and keep walking for 770 yards, you will get to the Qinghefang Ancient Street to feel the city's prosperity in old times.

Too much walking for today, so we advise you take a taxi back to your hotel in the end. The taxi fee is around CNY10.
Day 10 Hangzhou
You just had a general visit to the tourist attractions surrounding the West Lake the previous day. Today we suggest you have a visit to Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown From Afar, and Six Harmonies Pagoda. Please walk west to the Hubin Bus Stop at the western end of the Jiefang Road, take bus no. 7, via 11 stops, to Lingyin Stop, and you will see the Lingyin Temple on your left. The Peak Flown from Afar is the highlight in the temple for its well-preserved cliffside sculptures.

Before heading for Six Harmonies Pagoda, you can have some food near the temple. Then take a taxi to the pagoda at a cost of CNY20. Standing on the pagoda, the grand Qiantang River will be in full view. Leaving the Six Harmonies Pagoda, you may also make a visit to the Chinese Ancient Pagoda Exhibition Garden aside, which is a galaxy of all the well-known pagodas throughout China. For return trip, you can walk to the Zhijiang Road and take bus no. 308 to Guanxiangkou, and the hotel is on the opposite side of the road.
Day 11 Hangzhou - Wuzhen - Shanghai
Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen Water Town
Besides West Lake, the nearby Wuzhen Water Town is also a must. Since you will head to Shanghai in the afternoon, please check out of the hotel after breakfast and take your entire luggage along with you when leaving the hotel. Take a taxi to Passenger Transportation Center for a fare of CNY50. Buses from Hangzhou to Wuzhen operate every 20-25 minutes from 7:00 to 18:20 and the bus ticket is CNY31 per person. You will arrive at Wuzhen in around 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, go northward along Zhicai Road for 680 yards to Wuzhen Water Town. Deposit your belongings at the left-luggage office at the entrance.

After the visit, take a long-distance bus at Wuzhen Bus Station to Shanghai. Please notice that the last bus departs from Wuzhen at 18:30. The bus ticket is CNY54 and you will spend less than 3 hours on the way.

Upon arrival at Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station, check in a local hotel. We recommend you Shanghai Bund Riverside Hotel, which is in the middle of Tiantong Road and East Nanjing Road Subway Stations. Walk towards Shanghai South Railway Station when you get out of the Long-Distance Bus Station, take subway line 3 to Hongqiao Road, where you can transfer to line 10; get off at East Nanjing Road and use Exit 6. Walk northwards for 340 yards and turn west onto East Beijing Road; walk for another 130 yards and you will see the hotel on your right. You may also take a taxi straight to the hotel at a cost of CNY50.

Accommodation Suggestion: Shanghai Bund Riverside Hotel
Day 12 Shanghai
Your self-guided trip in Shanghai starts today. The first stop is recommended to be the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. You can walk to East Nanjing Road Subway Station to take line 2 for one stop to People's Square; leave from Exit 2 or 3 and you will see the exhibition hall.

After that, still take subway line 2 at People's Square to Lujiazui; get out from Exit 6 and you will see the skyscraper of the Shanghai World Financial Center along with Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower in front of you. F94 to F100 of the SWFC are sightseeing areas for you to have a full view of Shanghai. Make sure you not miss the chance to walk on the transparent viewing bridge on the F97. Seen through the bridge, the towering buildings are all under your feet and the sky seems to be touchable. It should be an unforgettable memory. There are many decent restaurants in this building; you can have lunch in one of them.

Then, please walk south along Dongtai Road for 270 yards and then turn west onto Dongchang Road. You can take a ferry to cruise across the Huangpu River at the end of Dongchang Road. You will land at the Bund Area, where many western buildings of the 1920s are clustered. The nearby East Nanjing Road is one of the famous shopping districts in Shanghai, dotted with dazzling malls and local restaurants. You will have a good night there. Afterwards, take a taxi back to your hotel at a cost of CNY20.
Day 13 Shanghai - Detroit
Your China tour from the United States comes to a close today. Please pack your luggage and check out before 12 p.m. You can take a taxi to the airport, which cost around CNY 200. One direct flight is available from Shanghai to Detroit every day. Wish you all the best!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Price Includes
  • China domestic airfares
  • Round-trip airfare from Detroit (DTW)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • Land only package excludes international airfare
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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