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SH09: 8 Days Shanghai  Hangzhou  Suzhou - Wuxi  Nanjing
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Our guide will meet you outside the customs of the airport and transfer you to the hotel. For the rest time of the day, you can either rest at the hotel or walk around to explore the city on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, Tianzifang Art street. (B+L)
Huangpu river cruise
Today's private trip starts from Shanghai Museum. As one of the best museums of the country, it boasts vast storage of historical items, such as bronze wares, chinaware, jade, Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, ethic clothes, and furniture of the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th century to early 20th century). Afterwards, you will continue to visit the Yu Garden. Located in the old town, Yuyuan Garden is the most famous ancient site in this city for its ingenious layout and delicate architecture. The treasure of the garden, Yu Ling Long (an exquisite jade stone), an artificial hill, is considered as one of the three most well-known peaks in Southern China. You will enjoy an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Bund area to take a cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the different scenes on the two banks. Then you will visit an old street - Tianzifang

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Hangzhou
Jade Buddha Temple. A high speed train to Hangzhou. Railway station pick-up. Six Harmonies Pagoda. (B)
The Bund, Shanghai
A morning excursion will take you to the Jade Buddha Temple. Built in 1882 for the two white jade Buddha statues from Burma, the Jade Buddha Temple is a famous Buddhist shrine and an active Zen monastery. The temple plays an important role in disseminating Buddhism through cultural means, including lectures and library service, Buddhist academic publishes as well as regular Buddhist cultural activities. When the sightseeing ends, you will take a high speed train to Hangzhou. Enjoy your first China train journey. After a short rest at the hotel, you will visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Situated on Yuelu Mountain beside Qiantang River, the pagoda was initially built in 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty. From the appearance, the pagoda is a 13-storey octagon tower, but it only has 7 storeys inside. Visitors who pay a visit to the Six Harmonies Pagoda can appreciate not only the magnificent pagoda but also the majestic Qiantang River.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Hangzhou
Lingyin Temple, West Lake, Red Carp Pond, Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum. (B)
Your first destination today is Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat), one of the ten most renowned Buddhist temples of the country. The beautiful landscape and vivid Buddhist carvings of Feilai Peak here will also give you a deep impression. Turning to visit the West Lake by boat, you could enjoy splendid natural scenery and numerous historical sites. A few minutes' walk, you will come to the Red Carp Pond which is one of the most beautiful sites around the West Lake and where you enjoy the elegant scenery of lakes, meadows, willows and red carps. After that, pay a visit to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum to learn more history and culture about Chinese herb. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Hangzhou - Suzhou
A high speed train to Suzhou. Railway station pick-up. Humble Administrator's Garden, Garden of the Master of the Nets. (B+L)
West Lake, Hangzhou
Take a high speed train to Suzhou. Our local guide will meet you at the railway station and help you check in the hotel. Then start your private Suzhou trip with the Humble Administrator's Garden. Located in the northeast part of Suzhou City, the Humble Administrator's Garden represents the finest private classical garden of the country. All the pavilions and halls in the garden are centered upon water, and connected by corridors and ornamental perforated windows, reflecting the typical garden style of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Your next stop will be the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Though it is the smallest garden in Suzhou, it is the most impressive one because the ingenious layout makes the garden looks much larger than its actual size. Walking in the garden, you will not only enjoy the elegant landscape, but also gain tranquility and harmony in mood. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Suzhou - Wuxi
Tiger Hill, drive to Wuxi, Taihu Lake including Yuantouzhu Park and Li Garden. (B+L)
Six Harmonies Pagoda, Hangzhou
You will visit the Tiger Hill after breakfast. With a history of over 2,500 years, the Tiger Hill is the burial site of the king of the Wu State, during the Spring and Autumn Period. The most notable sites are the Tiger Hill Pagoda, the Sword Pond and the ancient inscriptions. Later, we will drive for around 30-40 minutes to Wuxi and transfer you to check in at the hotel for a one-night stay. You will proceed to visit Taihu Lake which is located on the border of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Called Zhenze in ancient times, it is the third largest freshwater lake in China. You will also stop over at Yuantouzhu Park and Li Garden.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Wuxi - Nanjing
A high speed train to Nanjing. Railway station pick-up. Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Confucius Temple. (B+L)
In the morning, you will take a high speed train to Nanjing. You will visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum to learn about the life of this great Chinese revolutionist. Then proceed to the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. Having a history of more than 600 years, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum represents the highest achievement of the Ming architecture and stone carving art, which has great influence on the royal tomb buildings during the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will continue to visit the Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao). Constructed in the year of 1034, it was a place to worship and consecrate Confucius, the great philosopher and educator of ancient nation. The beautiful Qinhuai River and bustling commercial streets nearby will make your trip more memorable.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Departure from Nanjing
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your private journey ends as the guide transfer you to the airport and help you board the flight back home.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Sunrise On The Bund
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Zhongwei Sunny Hotel
SuzhouHoliday Inn Jasmine Suzhou Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou
WuxiGrand Park Hotel Grand Park Hotel
NanjingCrown Plaza Nanjing Hotel and Suites Yihua Hotel Nanjing
Questions & Answers
Asked by Ashish | Jan. 17, 2018 19:06Reply
How much time it 'll take to come back to city centre from Disneyland?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wendy | Jan. 17, 2018 19:26

It takes about 40 minutes by taxi from Disneyland to the bund area if traffic is good. If you take the subway, it may takes around one hour.
Asked by Debby from INDONESIA | Apr. 15, 2017 08:38Reply
Will the guide can speak Indonesian??
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 17, 2017 20:32

Sorry, most tourist cities have hardly any Indonesian-speaking guide. Therefore, we would suggest our excellent English-speaking guides to you. Thanks for your attention.
Asked by LAI YENG CHAI from MALAYSIA | Mar. 19, 2017 07:27Reply
Hotel - 3-4 star
I will be visiting Nanjing in August 2017 and would like to make hotel reservation.
Appreciate your suggestions for 3 to 4 star hotels that locate within walking distance from Najing South Railways station.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jennifer | Mar. 22, 2017 04:04

For 3 or 4 star hotels near the South Railway Station, I would recommend Jinjiang Inn (North Square of the South Railway Station), Sky Fortune Hotel, ZTE Hotel, Far East Holiday Hotel and Vienna Hotel (Huijing Branch). For more options, you are advised to go to a hotel booking website and search more details.
Asked by Dorren from SINGAPORE | Feb. 19, 2017 09:26Reply
Nanjing hangzhou suzhou shanghai
Hello! I am planning for a trip in end may. but have been thinking how i should plan the route and if the no. of days sufficient. Roughly each place 1.5 days each?

9d8n to Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai.

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Anne | Feb. 21, 2017 01:08

Hi, 9 days are enough to visit Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing. High speed trains bewteen those cities are very convenient. 2 days in Shanghai and 1.5 days in other cities are proper.
Asked by Anne from CHINA | Dec. 26, 2016 08:58Reply
One-day trip or two-day?
I'm planing to visit Nanjing on a weekend, but some of my friend said one day is for Nanjing. Is it true? Or one-day trip is possibly but quite strickt in time? Two day worth more?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy | Dec. 26, 2016 19:54

Actually one day is enough to cover the main sightseeings in Nanjing. However, if you want a leisure tour and want to see more about Nanjing, two days are better.
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