Shanghai 5 Days Side Trip to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang
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SH05: 5 Days Private Shanghai/Suzhou/Zhouzhuang Tour

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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer. The Bund and Nanjing Road.
Our guide will greet you outside the arrival hall of Pudong or Hongqiao Airport and then transfer you to the hotel. After a short rest, you will go to visit the Bund and Nanjing Road. Has been the historic landmark of the city, the Bund is a section of the waterfront along Huangpu River, the city's mother river. Its highlight should be those buildings in various kinds of architectural styles, such as gothic and baroque. Walking westwards for a while, you could get to the bustling Nanjing Pedestrian Road which is praised as the top commercial street of the country.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai - Suzhou
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, Suzhou
In the morning, the train journey starts when you take a high speed train to Suzhou, the back garden of Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local guide at the railway station and transferred to the hotel. For hundreds of years, Suzhou is well-known for preserving many charming and typical classical gardens, almost all of which are the local wealthy families' residences. Your first destination is the largest garden in Suzhou - the Humble Administrator's Garden. It 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 does inspire those gardening designers. 

After that, you will take a short cruise along the canal for about 20 minutes, you will reach the 800-year old Pingjiang Road, a riverside pedestrian road with a few old stone bridges and lots of old buildings converted to cafes, tea houses, small shops selling all sort of things, restaurants, boutique hotels and residences in the side alleys. It is a good place for a nice walk. You may have a lovely meal in one of the restaurants overlooking the canal and finish the walk with a coffee in a coffee shop or bookshop.

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

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Shanghai
Zhouzhuang Water Town, including Hall of Shen's residence. Transfer to the hotel in Shanghai. (B)
Zhouzhuang water town
Besides the gardens, visiting these ancient towns is a must while you are in southern China. Not far from Suzhou, you could reach No.1 water town of the country - Zhouzhuang by a private car in one hour. The entire ancient town is just a large scenic area for you to explore. Different from the nearby modern cities, everything here is old and unsophisticated, including navy-blue and narrow lanes, off-white residences, blocky stone bridges and lingering river below the windows. It is suggested that you pay a visit to the Former Residence of Shen Wansan, who was the first millionaire in south area in the early Ming Dynasty. After that, you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, Tianzifang Art Street. (B)
Pudong new area
In the morning, there is a visit to Shanghai Museum, a fantastic Chinese ancient art gallery. The tranquil Yuyuan Garden will give you a short escape from the bustling city. Compared with those classical gardens in Suzhou, Yuyuan Garden has been constructed with more elegant buildings and long dragon walls dividing the garden into multi-layers. 

You might be eager to visit the 492 meters high Shanghai World Financial Center when you were wandering around the Bund on the first day. The observation deck on the 100th floor will give you a wonderful view of Shanghai. Then you will also visit an old cultural street - Tianzifang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Departure from Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple. Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
You are going to 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 as well the other two statues of the Recumbent Buddha are respectively from Burma and Singapore. Your private trip will come to the end today and our 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 Ocean Hotel Shanghai
SuzhouHoliday Inn Jasmine Suzhou Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$849  
$739  
$579  
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
$759  
$649  
$499  
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