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Classic Huangshan & Water Town

108: 12 Days Luxury & Standard Shanghai Huangshan Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou Hangzhou Beijing
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Day01 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Day02 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
Day03 Shanghai - Huangshan
High-speed train to Huangshan. Tunxi Old Street. (B)
Day04 Huangshan
Cable car up to Mt. Huangshan. Overnight on the mountain. (B+L)
Day05 Huangshan - Suzhou
Cable car down the moutain, Hongcun Village. Overnight train to Suzhou. (B+L)
Day06 Suzhou
Pick up at railway station. Tiger Hill, Humble Administrator's Garden, Garden of the Master of the Nets. (L)
Day07 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou
Zhouzhuang Water Town. (B)
Day08 Suzhou - Hangzhou
Free time in the morning. High-speed train to Hangzhou. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Day09 Hangzhou - Beijing
Six Harmonies Pagoda, Lingyin Temple, West Lake. Fly to Beijing. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Day10 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
Day11 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Day12 Departure from Beijing
Summer Palace. Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Shanghai
When your flight arrives in Shanghai today, you will find your private guide is expecting you outside the customs of the airport after your baggage reclaiming and customs clearance. We will transfer you to the reserved hotel in downtown area and help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Shanghai
The Bund
Photo by our clients Mr. Mark Andrew Beiers & Ms. Lynne Kathleen Beiers
In the morning, you will visit one of the best museums in China, Shanghai Museum, where you can see vast storage of historical items like bronze ware, chinaware, Chinese paintings and famous calligraphy works. Then go to the Yuyuan Garden, one of the best-known gardens. In this classical garden of southern Yangtze River, unique artificial hills, clear ponds, winding corridors and delicate pavilions are all arranged in a harmonious and compact layout. An a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) of authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisines will be served at a famous local restaurant. After lunch, you will go to the Bund and take a short Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy remarkable scene along the river. On the east bank, rows of huge mansions show the modern Shanghai, while on the west bank, the old-style western buildings tell you the vicissitudes of old Shanghai in the past 100 years. Explore the Bund area after disembarking and then visit an old street in the city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day03 Shanghai - Huangshan
This morning, our guide will transfer you to the railway station for a high-speed train to Huangshan. Upon your arrival at Huangshan, our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel in Huangshan city. Then you will visit the Tunxi Old Street. Walking on the street, you will see the age-old houses decorated with delicate wood and stone carvings, the time-honored shops selling brushes and ink for Chinese calligraphy, and small restaurants for delicious local snacks.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day04 Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan photo offered by our clients Mr. & Mrs. Hellstroem
After breakfast, you will check out the hotel since we will drive you to the No.1 Mountain under Heaven, the famous Huangshan Mountain. You should not miss it during your natural scenery appreciation. We suggest you leave your heavy luggage at the concierge of the hotel in Huangshan city and prepare a backpack with necessary items to take with you on the mountain. Huangshan Mountain is noted for the unique pines, grotesque rocks, dreamlike cloud sea and gurgling hot springs. While taking the cable car to the mountain, you will find yourself among magnificent scenery. Upon arrival at the terminal of the cable car, you still need to walk along the winding path and steps for a distance before getting to the hotel. Enjoy the view of the Beginning-to-Believe Peak, the Peach Blossom Valley, the Lion Peak, the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Summit. You can also observe the pines and rocks at a short distance and take a deep breath of the fresh air along the way. Tonight you will stay at the best hotel on the mountain.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day05 Huangshan - Suzhou
The view of sunrise on the summit of Huangshan Mountain is breathtaking and enjoyable, so it is suggested you check the weather forecast beforehand and get up early to see the splendid scenery. In the morning, continue the sightseeing visit to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and Xihai Grand Canyon. After lunch, you will take the cable car back to the foot of the mountain. Then transfer to visit one of the World's Heritages, the Hongcun Village in Yi County, which is an 880-year-old ancient village with graceful scenery of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges and houses. Finally, our guide will transfer you to take an overnight soft-sleeper train to Suzhou. You can experience the real Chinese train during the train journey. Please remember to retrieve your luggage if you keep it in the hotel of the city.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day06 Suzhou
Our travel consultant Nicole and her clients
Early in the morning, your local guide will expect you at Suzhou railway station. Breakfast will be on your own. Your Suzhou trip starts from the Tiger Hill, which is known as the No. 1 scenic spot in Suzhou, where you will be impressed by the “oriental leaning tower of Pisa” the Tiger Hill Tower, the sword-shaped pond, the time-honored Lu Yu Well and many aged cliff-side inscriptions. Since Suzhou is well-known for its delicate gardens, your next stop will be the biggest classical landscape garden in Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's Garden. As the “mother of Chinese garden”, it makes full use of the limited space, presenting a peaceful and quiet landscape with refreshing ponds, pavilions, ornamental perforated windows, cloisters, hills, ancient trees, green grass and colorful flowers. Then you will visit another famous Suzhou garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, which is famous for its exquisite buildings and ingenious layout.

Meals: Lunch
Day07 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou
Zhouzhuang Water Town
Today you will take a side trip to Zhouzhuang, the No.1 Water Town in China. Surrounded by the riverway, the town features clear water, elegantly crafted bridges, gurgling streams and classical buildings, as well as distinctive local traditions. In the town, you will specially visit Shen House, which is a Qing-dynasty style complex built in 1742. In the Shen House, you will see ancient halls and yards connected by arcades and bridges and exquisite decoration of wood, brick and stone carvings. Before dusk, you will return to the hotel in Suzhou.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day08 Suzhou - Hangzhou
Morning is free at leisure and lunch is on your own arrangement. If you would like to see more Suzhou gardens other than those in the itinerary, we suggest the Lingering Garden and the Lion Grove Garden, both of which are representative Suzhou gardens. In the Lingering Garden, artificial hills, clear ponds, plants, elegant halls and pavilions, zigzagging corridors and white walls make perfect combinations of all-sized landscapes. The Lion Grove Garden is renowned for the exquisite artificial hills, which resemble lions in all kinds of poses, hence the name. In the afternoon, our guide will see you off at Suzhou Railway Station. You are going to arrive in Hangzhou in two hours by a high-speed train and then proceed to the hotel in downtown with our Hangzhou guide.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day09 Hangzhou - Beijing
Six Harmony Pagoda, Hangzhou
In the morning, you will visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda, which is a 59.89-meter-high (196 feet) octagonal pagoda with a history of 1,500 years. Looking from outside, you can see thirteen stories, but there are actually 7 stories inside the pagoda. Then you will visit the famous Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat), one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in the country. Not far from the Lingyin Temple, you will come to the famous West Lake and visit it by boat. You will marvel at the luring landscape of beautiful lakes, elegant hills, shady trees, refreshing springs and streams, as well as many aged historical relics. Late in the afternoon, you will take a flight to Beijing. Our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day10 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall
Photo by our clients James David Wahler & Mrs. Lisa Tichauer Wahler
The first attraction in Beijing is the famous world's heritage, the Badaling Great Wall, which is the best-preserved section of Chinese Great Wall and renowned for its solidity but zigzag walls, strategic importance and gorgeous landscape. Lunch is arranged on your own. Then, you will visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tomb. You will learn about the special funeral customs from the statues of human figures and animals standing along the two sides of the Sacred Way, which is the first attraction of the Ming Tombs. Lying on the mountain, the Ming Tombs is a cluster of tombs for 13 emperors in the Ming Dynasty. Except for the huge tombs, you can also see many historical items and traditional Chinese buildings in this imperial cemetery. On the way back to downtown, you will have a short stay when driving by the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and take photos with it.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day11 Beijing
In the morning, after a short stroll around the world's largest city square, Tiananmen Square, you will come to the famous Forbidden City. Namely the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City is the largest imperial palace complex in the world, boasting grand palaces with high red walls and golden roofs, exquisite architecture and vast storage of cultural relics. As is our practice to avoid the tourist eateries arranged by most agencies, we will offer you an a la carte lunch  (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a nice and elegant Cantonese cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, the imperial altar for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to worship for good harvest. The unique buildings, ancient pines, and beautiful landscape will leave you a deep impression.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day12 Departure from Beijing
Local people and their life
If time permits, our guide will escort you to visit the Summer Palace. As the largest imperial garden in China, the Summer Palace earns its fame for the harmonious combination of garden design and natural beauty. You can see the ancient houses, corridors, bridges and towers casually dotted among the lakes and hills, but still make perfect landscape. After that, we will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. Our guide will help you handle the boarding card and then say farewell. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel Ocean Hotel Shanghai
HuangshanCrowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng Huangshan International Hotel
Mt. huangshanBeihai Hotel Beihai Hotel
SuzhouHoliday Inn Jasmine Suzhou Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Hai Hua Hotel
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
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