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Classic Huangshan & Water Town

108: 11 Days Private Shanghai - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Hangzhou - Huangshan - Beijing
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Shanghai Bund, Mt. Huangshan
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
  • Visit the classical gardens in Suzhou & discover the No.1 water town of Zhouzhuang
  • Appreciate the beauty of the West Lake and experience Tea culture in Hangzhou
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Day 1 Arrival in Shanghai
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
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
Day 2 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and a cultural street. (B+L)
The Bund
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 Yu 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
Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou
High-speed train to Suzhou. Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou Museum, Boat ride to Pingjiang Road, Garden of the Master of the Nets. (B)
Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou
This morning, your Shanghai guide will accompany you to the railway station for a high-speed train to Suzhou, where your local guide will greet you at the railway station. Since Suzhou is well-known for its delicate gardens, the first stop your guide will take you to is the Humble Administrator's Garden, the biggest classical landscape garden in Suzhou. 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 the nearby Suzhou Museum

After that, your guide will accompany you to take a hand-rowing boat ride along the old canal to Pingjiang Road. Actually it is a historical block of Suzhou lined with traditional houses and old alleys. There are many featured stores and restaurants. You can try the local food at one of the eateries. Then you will be taken to visit another beautiful Suzhou garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, which is famous for its exquisite buildings and ingenious layout.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Suzhou
Zhouzhuang Water Town. (B)
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
Day 5 Suzhou - Hangzhou
High-speed train to Hangzhou. Railway station-hotel transfer. Meijiawu Tea Village, Lingyin Temple, West Lake.  (B+L)
Our clients picking tea leaves in the Tea Village, Hangzhou
This morning, our guide will see you off at Suzhou Railway Station. You are going to arrive in Hangzhou in 1.5 hours by a high-speed train and then proceed to the hotel in downtown with our Hangzhou guide. After a short break, the guide will take you to experience the Chinese tea culture in Meijiawu Tea Village. You are going to enter in the tea plantation, pick tea leaves, learn to bake tea and finally taste the fragrant Dragon Well Tea. Lunch will be arranged in the Chenghuang Pavilion in the tea village.

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.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hangzhou - Huangshan
High-speed train to Huangshan. Hongcun Village, Tunxi Old Street. (B)
Hongcun Village, Huangshan
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the railway station and take a high speed train to Huangshan in around 3.5 hours. Upon your arrival, our local guide will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel in Huangshan city. After a short break, our guide will accompany you 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 old dwelling houses. Then get back to the downtown area to 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
Day 7 Huangshan
Cable car up to Mt. Huangshan. Overnight on the mountain. (B+L)
Yellow Mountain
After breakfast, you will check out the hotel since we will drive you to the No.1 Mountain under Heaven, the famous Huangshan Mountain (Yellow 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
Day 8 Huangshan - Beijing
Cable car down the moutain. High speed train to Beijing. Railway station-hotel transfer.  (B+L)
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. Finally, our guide will transfer you to the railway station for a high speed train to Beijing. Your Beijing guide will pick you up at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Beijing
Badaling Great Wall, Sacred Way, Ming Tomb, Bird's Nest (drive by). (B)
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
Day 10 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Temple of Heaven. (B+L)
Forbidden City, 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
Day 11 Departure from Beijing
Summer Palace. Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
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
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
HangzhouSofitel Hangzhou Westlake Zhongwei Sunny Hotel
HuangshanCrowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng Huangshan International Hotel
Mt. huangshanXihai Hotel - South BuildingBeihai Hotel
BeijingHotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Pentahotel Beijing
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Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
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Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any parts 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 guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Peak season surcharge (public holiday, Lunar New Year, etc.)
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