Hongcun Village

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L12: 9 Days Private Tour of Shanghai - Huangshan - Hangzhou - Suzhou - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 5-star Luxury Hotels and Super Deluxe Hotels for your choice
Meals: 8 american breakfasts, 4 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Visit Mt. Huangshan, one of the most scenic mountains in China
  • Appreciate the beauty of the West Lake and experience tea culture in Hangzhou
  • Enjoy a night tour to the Master of Nets Garden & discover the ancient water town of Tongli
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
This fabulous 9-day luxury China tour starts the moment you land at the Shanghai Airport. Our guide will greet you outside the customs and escort you comfortably to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own. You may want to go to the renowned commercial blocks, like Nanjing Road and Xin Tian Di, to immerse in locals' life.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Shanghai
Our clients on Huangpu River cruise
Today's Shanghai tour starts with a visit to the World Financial Center in the Lujiazui Financial Zone. Then we continue to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall to see a miniature of Shanghai City and learn about its past and future planning through videos, models, and archival photos.

We will have an a la carte lunch at Xian Qiang Fang Restaurant where you can taste authentic Shanghai cuisines. After that, we will go to Yuyuan Garden that is adorned with emerald ponds, exquisite pavilions and bridges, lush plants and winding corridors. After visiting the garden, our guide will accompany you on a walk through the busy bazaar. Then we will head for the Bund Area on the western bank of the Huangpu River to see its 52 European-style buildings. We will also take a cruise to appreciate the beautiful skylines on both banks of the river.

Please have dinner on your own. Then you will be led to enjoy the fantastic ERA Acrobatic Show.

Meals: American breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Shanghai - Huangshan
High-speed train to Huangshan. Railway station-hotel transfer, Hongcun Village. (B)
Our Shanghai guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and take you to the railway station for a 3-hour high speed train to Huangshan, where our local guide will meet you.

Then we will drive to the picturesque Hongcun Village to view the Hui-style dwellings with their white walls and sloping black-tiled roofs. When finished, our guide will help you to check in your hotel in Tunxi.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 4 Huangshan - Yellow Mountain
Cable car up to Mt. Huangshan. Overnight on the mountain. (B+L)
Hongcun Village
For the next day and a half, we will explore the incomparable natural scenery of the Yellow Mountain, including bizarre pines, oddly-shaped rocks and seas of clouds. We will take a private transfer to the foot of the mountain. Then we will transfer to the cable car to go uphill to the White Goose Range where we will start our Yellow Mountain hiking tour. While trekking, you will see peculiar peaks and rocks, like Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Lion Peak, Falling Rock from Sky, and Bright Summit Peak. We will stop for lunch at a hillside restaurant.

When today's tour is finished, our guide will help you check into your mountain hotel. Dinner is on your own. You may either have it at the hotel or ask our guide to recommend a nearby restaurant.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Yellow Mountain - Huangshan - Hangzhou
Cable car down the mountain. High-speed train to Hangzhou. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Yellow Mountain at sunrise
Today's morning exploration leads you to the West Sea Valley. You will go along wooden plank road built into the cliffs to see bizarre rocks and peaks. First, however, we will make a short stop at the Cloud Dispersing Pavilion at the entrance of the valley to enjoy the sea of clouds and sharp peaks.

After a simple lunch, the guide will accompany you as you go downhill by cable car. Our driver will be waiting in the parking lot and take you to the railway station to catch your high speed train to Hangzhou. The train ride takes around 2 hours. When you arrive, the Hangzhou guide will meet you outside the train station and escort you to your hotel. You may either have your dinner at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hangzhou
Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Chenghuang Pagoda with snacks, West Lake, 'Enduring Memories of Hangzhou' performance. (B+L)
West Lake
After a hearty breakfast, we will set out to explore the Meijiawu Tea Plantation. The view of verdant tea plants and cool air mingling with tea fragrance will be refreshing. You will learn how to pick tea-leaves and view the process of making tea. We will continue our Hangzhou tour to the Chenghuang Pagoda seated on the summit of Wushan Hill, from which you can have a panoramic view of the West Lake as well as the whole city. For lunch, you can sample delicious snacks at the Chenghuang Pagoda.

You will spend the whole afternoon with your guide touring the West Lake Scenic Area, the essential attraction of Hangzhou. Taking a boat trip in the midst of rolling hills, elegant pavilions and lush willows is a once in a lifetime experience. After that, our guide will show you the Flower Harbor to see the red carps.

Dinner is on your own. Please feel free to ask our guide for recommendations. Afterwards, we will take you to the spectacular performance 'Enduring Memories of Hangzhou', which is staged on West Lake.

Meals: American breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hangzhou - Suzhou
Peak Flown From Afar, Lingyin Temple. High-speed train to Suzhou, boat at the Grand Canal, Night tour of the Master of Nets Garden. (B+D)
Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou
Before leaving for Suzhou, we will tour the Peak Flown From Afar Scenic Area. Ascending the stone path, you will see hundreds of Buddha statues carved on the cliffs. Then we will visit the renowned Lingyin Temple, which is over 1,700 years, and go inside to feel the profound Buddhist atmosphere. Lunch is on your own arrangements, but our guide is ready to recommend good restaurants to you.

We will take you to the railway station for your onward high-speed train to Suzhou. After we meet you at the Suzhou Station, we go directly to the Grand Canal and take a row-boat to enjoy the scenery.

Dinner will be served at a famous local restaurant. Then, our guide will accompany you on a night tour of the Master of Nets Garden. In addition to seeing the garden itself, you will also see traditional opera shows performed in the garden that let you immerse yourself in the local cultural ambience. When today's luxury China tour is over, our guide will take you to check in at a local hotel.

Note: Night tour of the Master of Nets Garden is available from the end of March to early November and starts at 19:30 each day.

Meals: American breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Suzhou
Tongli Town, Humble Administrator's Garden. (B)
Tongli Water Town
Today, we will set out for a morning excursion to Tongli Town, which is over 1,000 years old. With nearly all of the old residences sitting alongside the water lanes, you can easily capture the typical water town scenery from any angle in Tongli. Our guide will take you along smooth flagstone alleys to appreciate the antique gardens and ancestral halls. While strolling around, you may pick your preferred restaurant to have some local cuisines for lunch, which is on your own.

After returning downtown, we will tour the Humble Administrator's Garden, one of the most famous gardens in China. While there, you will see elegant pavilions, bridges, rooms, and corridors that are exquisitely laid out around a large pond. When the visit is over, our guide will take you back to your hotel.

Meals: American breakfast
Day 9 Suzhou - Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-Shanghai airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your 9-day China tour package ends today. Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and help you check out. Then we will take you to Shanghai to catch your departure flight. Bon voyage!

Meals: American breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsSuper Deluxe HotelsLuxury Hotels
ShanghaiThe Peninsula Hotel Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
HuangshanCrowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng
Mt. HuangshanXihai Hotel - South BuildingXihai Hotel - South Building
HangzhouMidtown Shangri-La Hangzhou Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
SuzhouInterContinental Suzhou Pan Pacific Suzhou
Tour Prices
With Super Deluxe Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Luxury 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
  • Train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by William Nash from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 18, 2019 13:29Reply
Can you buy the Shanghai Public Transportation Card at the Maglev Station in Pudong Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chase from DENMARK | Apr. 18, 2019 18:06

No, as I know, you need to go to the service counter of the metro line 2 inside the airport.
Asked by kate from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Jan. 20, 2019 22:08Reply
2019 FEB 04-10 public holiday in Shanghai
hello, I would like to know people can take the buses and buy ticket through this coming public holidays.
Answers (1)
Answered by Shane from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 23, 2019 17:53

Yes, you can still take the public buses. Don't worry.
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