SH06: 5 Days Private Tour of Shanghai - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai

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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer. The Bund and Nanjing Road.
The Bund, Shanghai
Welcome to take this 5 days Shanghai Suzhou tour! According to your flight schedule, your guide and driver will welcome you at Shanghai Airport and then transfer you to the hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle.

After a short break in the hotel, we will go to visit the Bund and the Nanjing Road. As the most popular landmark of Shanghai, the Bund is a section of the waterfront along the Huangpu River, known as the World Wide Exhibition of Architecture with various buildings in different styles, such as gothic and baroque. Besides, the Bund is also a good place to take photos of Lujiazui, which is the most prosperous area in Pudong. You will have some free time here to wander around. Then after walking westwards for a while, you will get to the bustling Nanjing Pedestrian Street which is praised as one of China's top commercial streets.
Day 2 Shanghai to Suzhou by High Speed Train
A high speed train to Suzhou. Humble Administrator's Garden, Short cruise along the canal to Pingjiang Road, Garden of the Master of the Nets. (B)
Garden of the Master of Nets
This morning, we will transfer you to the train station to take the high-speed train to Suzhou, the back garden of Shanghai. In about 30 minutes, you will arrive and meet your Suzhou guide at the station and then a comfortable drive will take you to the hotel. For hundreds of years, Suzhou is well-known for preserving many charming and typical classical gardens, almost all of which were the local wealthy families' residences. Your first destination today will be the largest garden in Suzhou - the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is also one of the top four gardens in China, enjoying the same high fame with the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing. Until now, its top landscape architecture still inspire many gardening designers. 

After that, you will take a short cruise along the canal for about 20 minutes to reach the 800-year old Pingjiang Road, which is a good place for a nice walk. When walking on the riverside pedestrian road, you will not only see the old stone bridges, some former residences of the famous people, but also lots of old buildings which have been converted to cafes, tea houses, small shops, restaurants as well as boutique hotels in the side alleys. You will have a lovely meal in one of the restaurants overlooking the canal at your own expense, and afterwards, finish the walk with a coffee in a coffee shop.

The rest of the day will be spent traveling around the Garden of the Master of Nets which is a representative Suzhou garden combining natural landscape with the host's residence harmoniously.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai by Private Drive
Zhouzhuang Water Town, including Hall of Shen's residence. Transfer to the hotel in Shanghai. (B)
Zhouzhuang water town
In addition to the gardens, the water town is also a must see place when coming to the southern China. After around an hour's drive, we will reach China's No.1 water town - Zhouzhuang. The entire ancient town is just a large scenic area for you to explore. Everything here is old and unsophisticated, including the navy-blue and narrow lanes, off-white residences, blocky stone bridges and lingering river below the windows. It is recommended to pay a visit to the Former Residence of Shen Wansan, who was the first millionaire in south area in the early Ming Dynasty. After a full day's sightseeing, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Shanghai.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Tianzifang Art Street. (B)
Today we will have a full day Shanghai tour. In the morning, the Shanghai Museum will show you the fantastic ancient Chinese arts and crafts, especially the bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy and paintings. Then the tranquil Yu Garden will give you a short escape from the bustling city. The highlight in the Yu Garden is the long dragon wall, which distinguishes the Yu Garden from the other gardens. 

The Shanghai World Financial Center, which is 492 meters high, must have attracted your attention when you wandered around the Bund on the first day. This afternoon, we will come to the observation deck on the 100th floor which will give you a wonderful view of Shanghai. Then we will pay a visit to an old cultural street - Tianzifang to round off today's Shanghai itinerary 5 days.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Departure from Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple. Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
We will go to visit the Jade Buddha Temple this morning. As its name implies, there are three rare jade Buddha statues worshipped in the temple. The 1.95 meters high Sitting Buddha was carved with an entire quality Burma jade and the other two Recumbent Buddha statues are from Burma and Singapore respectively.

Now your private 5 days 4 nights Shanghai ground tour package will come to the end today and your guide will see you off at the airport. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Sunrise On The Bund
SuzhouMercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station) Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station)
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with western buffet breakfasts
  • Train fare of Shanghai/Suzhou
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Questions & Answers
Asked by Rita from SWITZERLAND | Mar. 18, 2019 09:42Reply
Visa or 144-hour-visa-free for 3 days in Shanghai?
My nationality is Portuguese and I am travelling from Switzerland.
I planned to stay there for 3 days (2 nights) to visit the city and then fly to Vietnam-Hanoi, throught the same airport.
Can I easily apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit then?
Thank you in advance for your confirmation.
Best Regards,
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabriel from FRANCE | Mar. 18, 2019 19:32

Yes, you can enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy. :)
Asked by TheGreatDane from DENMARK | Feb. 21, 2019 13:27Reply
Copenhagen - Tokyo - Shanghai - Kuala Lumpur

As a Danish citizen would I be able to obtain the 144-hour visa as I fly from Copenhagen to Tokyo for 2 weeks, then directly to Shanghai for 5 days and then directly to Kuala Lumpur.

I will be visiting a Danish friend who is studying in Shanghai.

Answers (1)
Answered by Shea from CANADA | Feb. 25, 2019 19:53

Yes, you can enjoy 144 hours visa free policy. Don't worry.
Asked by Nuraini from SINGAPORE | Jan. 04, 2019 06:52Reply
Any halal food near Majesty Plaza Shanghai hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 07, 2019 01:37

There are several halal food restaurants nearby.
Yershari Restaurant is a recommended one. You can find authentic halal foods there. And the prices are reasonable. The detailed address is F7, Bailian Shimao International Plaza, No. 819, East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District.
Asked by Yves from FRANCE | Aug. 01, 2018 02:49Reply
Can we use the 144hrs transit on both ways?
My plan is to do Europe -> Shanghai -> Manila. And 2-3 weeks later the way back Manila -> SH -> Europe.
Can I stay in SH twice with the 144hrs transit visa free ?
Answers (1)
Answered by John from FRANCE | Aug. 01, 2018 18:35

Yes, you can.
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