11 days private east China tour with a visit to Huangshan, with unique experience of taking high speed train, and get a memorable experience with hangzhou and suzhou
Duration: 11 Day 10 Nights
Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan
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Upon your arrival at Shanghai, your personal guide will greet you at the airport(Or Shanghai Bus Station, Shanghai Train Station) holding the board with "Shanghai Private Tour" on it and escort you to your hotel.
Our Shanghai Pick up Sign" Shanghai Private Tour"
Your private driver will be happy to help you put away your luggage. What you need to do is sitting back and relaxing in the air-condition car. Your guide will help you check in the hotel in the downtown Shanghai and provide information you need. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast. The first stop for the tour is Shanghai Museum. It houses a comprehensive collection that perfectly showcases the Middle Kingdom’s millennia old history. Spread over five floors, covers most of the major categories of Chinese art with a collection of 12, 300 pieces in 21 categories of valuable cultural relics.
Next you will visit Yuyuan Garden, it not only regarded as best private garden in Shanghai but also the best in southeast China.The garden enjoyed a history over 400 years since its first establishment by Pan Yunduan who had intended to bring happiness and pleasure to his parents and relatives.
And then walking to nearby to Yuyuan Bazaar, there are many small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.It is an ideal place for you to find some specialists.
Your lunch is arranged at Nanxiang Dumpling House to try the most famous Shanghai Xiaolongbao(soup dumpling). A favorite of dim sum eaters around the globe, are considered to be a Shanghai specialty, rumored to have originated here in the 19th century. Legend has it that this world-renowned snack started out as an experiment by a cake shop owner in Nanxiang who decided to try out a riff on his popular steamed bread.
After lunch, drive you to the Bund area. The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai.When you come here, you can embrace the best cityscape, feast on the rich architectural fashions and know why Shanghai is glorified as "Paris of the East". There are a number of attractions in the area, such as Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Century Park, Century Boulevard, Jinmao Tower etc. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.
Walking with your guide to Nanjing Road, another popular landmark of Shanghai. It is a shopping paradise as well as a ideal place tootake a wonderful walk to explore the modern atmosphere of the city.
You will have a dinner before cruise, the last thing for today is Night cruise along the Huangpu River. When traveling in Shanghai, you should not miss a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. It is the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline views of colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers along the river.
After the cruise, you will be taken back yo your hotel in Shanghai.
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Today, you will visit Jade Buddha Temple, the site of the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures. This peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions is a great place for a nice break in this very busy city.
Then, visit Old French Concession Shanghai. Shanghai is popular for many places and reasons, but the French Concession is somewhere on top of that list. Hugely popular and sought after as the preferred residential address among expats, the Former French Concession has a lot of history and beauty to its credit.
You will have a lunch at local restaurant with authentic Shanghai food.
In the afternoon, you will ascend the 100-storey of Shanghai World Financial Center, where you could have a bird's eye view of the scenery along the Huangpu River, look straight forward to the sharp roof of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and experience the roof of Jinmao Tower under your feet.
The last stop for today is Xin Tian Di, a former neighborhood of old Shanghai has been renewed as a fashionable pedestrian street featuring fine restaurants, upscale clubs and boutiques.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Shanghai.
In the morning, after breakfast and you’ll be transferred to , which will takes about half an hours to get there.
Upon arrival, your personal guide will greet you at the Suzhou Train Station/Suzhou North station holding the board with "Suzhou Private Tour" on it. Your private driver will be happy to help you put away your luggage. What you need to do is sitting back and relaxing in the car. Your guide will help you check in the hotel in the downtown Suzhou City and provide information you need.
Our pick up sign"Suzhou Private Tour"
After a short rest, you will be driven to your first spot Lingering Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city's finest classical gardens. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic gardens together with the humble administrator's garden, the Summer Palace and Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde are called China's four largest gardens. Landscape architectural space processing is very exquisite, using a variety of artistic techniques, built a unique space system, becoming one of the world civilization examples of architectural space art processing.
Next agenda is Panmen Gate. The history of the Panmen Gate dates back to 514 AD. Its China's existing only water and land parallel gate, is one of the signs of the ancient city of Suzhou. It is now part of the Pan Gate Scenic Area. It is known for the "three landmarks of Pan Gate". They are the Ruiguang Pagoda, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou built in 247, the Wu Gate Bridge, the entrance to the gate at that time over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou at the time, and Pan Gate.
After that, pay a visit to Hanshan Temple (Cold Mountain Temple) near the town of Fengqiao. Made famous in a poem by Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji, this Buddhist temple is known for its large bells, unique black roof and domed bridge. Take a wander around its halls, pavilions, corridors and well-maintained gardens.
Todays tour end, drive you to your hotel.
In the morning, after breakfast in the hotel, your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby and keep going your Suzhou Water Town Tour and then transfer you to Huangshan.
Firstly, drive to the Tongli Water Town, Tongli is located a short drive from Suzhou and about an hour drive outside of Shanghai. you can have a rest in the private car. The Tongli Water Town is one of the many ancient water towns in the south of the Yangtze River Delta, which are famous for their rivers, ancient bridges and house complexes. Tongli occupies an area of 51 square miles (133 square kilometers) with a population of 55,000. The city is separated by 15 rivers into seven islets, which are connected through 49 ancient bridges. The most famous bridges among the 49 bridges in Tongli are the three bridges called Taiping (peace), Jili (luck) and Changqing (celebration) bridges, which has been important landmarks of the place and regarded as the sacred architecture by the locals.
Tongli Water Town deserves its name of a “museum of ancient architectures” as there are many homes and temples dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Designed along the riverside and embellished with carved windows, porcelain furniture, figured clay bricks, flying eaves, dapper gardens and tiny stairs leading all the way down to the water, these complexes named Tongli Water Town could be a shining pearl among the water townships south of Yangtze.
Have lunch at the local restanrant, and then transfer you to the Suzhou train station to catch your train to Hangzhou, which will takes about 1.4 hours to get there.
Upon arrival, your personal guide will greet you at the Hangzhou Train Station holding the board with "Hangzhou Private Tour" on it and escort you to your hotel.
Our pick up sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"
In the afternoon, drive you to the Qinghefang Street, Which located at the southern end of Yan’an Road and the northern foot of Wu Shan Hill in Hang Zhou, with a land area of 13.66 hectare, Qinghefang Ancient Street is one of the oldest streets and is the only well persevered antique historic street in Hangzhou City (háng zhōu shì 杭州市). It derived from the Southern Song Dynasty and became prosperous in the Qing Dynasty.
After the tour end, drive you back to your hotel.
In the morning, after breakfast in the hotel your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby and start your Hangzhou day tour.
First, taking a boat sailing on the picturesque West Lake. This is an enjoyable and relaxing way to appreciate the beautiful scenery with its islands, causeways, temples, pagodas and ornamental planting. Different from appreciating scenery on the bank of West Lake, you’ll enjoy the heavenly lake view in another angle, closer and closer. It is not surprised that you’ll become a part of this traditional Chinese painting. West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility.
Later, move to the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond (Huagang Park) , This spot is located at the southern end of Su Causeway. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West Lake here, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in, so it called "Flowery Harbor". This area now has been made into a 22 hectare (54 acre) park with many varieties of trees and flowers, featuring a peony garden and a goldfish pond which is the famous site for viewing fish.
Have your Lunch at the restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.( In china, do not go to the tourists's restaurants when you are on a tour. You shold go to the right place to have the meals, then you are in real china ). We give you the meal options as below:
Option 1: Lunch at Local Tea Farmer's House， to know the real life of the local people: And we also can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare, cook local delicaies if you want to. You can learn how to cook: Beger's Chicken, Westlake carp in vinegar source (Do not be scared, no bones!!! Aha), Lotus root, bamboo shoot...and other many tasty vegetables )
Option 2: At the local restaurants which are popular with local people, such as Grandma's Kitchen, Green Tea Restaurants...And also fancy ones as well, 28 Hubin Road(Top 50 Best in Asia, Jinsha Restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel. We are the local, we are the sources. We know many excellent restaurants even not listed on Lonely Planet and some other travel guides.
After lunch, continue on your tour to visit the Meijiawu Tea Culture Village. Meijiawu Teaplantation has long been well known for its Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea tradition. It is a good place to understand the brilliant past and equally bright future of tea in China. Taking tea dates back to several centuries before the birth of Jesus! In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), people considered tea to a medicine for curing ailments. But drinking tea as a social function or leisure or cultural purposes date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Drinking tea in China was quite popular around 760 AD. Meijiawu Village in particular is famous for its history of offering exquisite tea. This beautiful village will make you to feel the pleasure of a perfect cup of tea, our guide will show you how to pick the tea leaves, how to fry the tea leaves and how to drink the tea.
Next, you will visit China National Tea Museum. It is the only one in the country with the tea theme. It has no external walls but is enclosed by vegetation giving the unique impression that the halls and the tea plants inside depend upon each other. Additionally, one hundred distinctive Chinese characters relating to tea are enchased in the road to add color to your trip.
After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Hangzhou.
After breakfast, the first stop for today is the Lingyin Temple & Peak Flying From Afar: Lingyin temple, commonly translated as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat" is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. It was originally founded in 326 AD, but has been rebuilt no less than sixteen times since then. Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the Temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.
Later, move to Bamboo lined path at Yunqi: The forest is breathtaking. It really makes you realise how insignificant you are when you stand next to the bamboo trees towering way above you. You are surprised at how hard the bamboo actually was - no wonder Asian builders use it as scaffolding! The thing really liked about the bamboo forest is the light - even though the forest was dense, it still seemed really light and crisp, because of the fact the bamboo's all green (not like normal trees where the trunk is dark brown). It gives the forest a totally different vibe, hard to explain but it was just fascinating.
Have your Lunch at the restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.(In china, do not go to the tourists's restaurants when you are on a tour. You shold go to the right place to have the meals, then you are in real china )
In the afternoon, you will pay a visit for Six Harmonies Pagoda,which is a representative ancient pavilion-style tower in China, located on Yuelun Mountain to the south of the West Lake and facing Qiantang River. It is one of the three renowned pagodas in Hangzhou, together with another two around the West Lake, Baochu Pagoda and Leifeng Pagoda.
Drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou downtown.
Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Hangzhou railway station to catch your train to Huangshan, which will takes about 3.5 hours to get there.
Upon arrival, your personal guide will greet you at the Huangshan Train Station holding the board with "Huangshan Private Tour" on it and escort you to your hotel. Your private driver will be happy to help you put away your luggage. What you need to do is sitting back and relaxing in the car. Your guide will help you check in the hotel in the downtown Huangshan City and provide information you need.
After a short rest, your will be driven to the nearby destination Tunxi Old Street to explore the ancient streets in Tunxi. You will have a relaxing stroll on the 900-year-old Tunxi Ancient Street to appreciate authentic old Huizhou-style architectures. Next comes an interesting visit to Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory to find out how ancient Chinese people produce ink sticks (major item used to write and paint in ancient time).
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel. Overnight in Tunxi.
After breakfast, drive you to the Huangshan Scenic Area transfer center, where you are arranged to the Yungu cable station. You can take Yungu cable car at your own expense: CNY 80/pp.
Upon arrival, you will first climbing the Shixin Peak to watch famous Mount Huangshan pines like the Black Tiger Pine, the Couple Pine, the Dragon Claw Pine and the Overlooking the Sea of Clouds Pine. You will also be able to view several oddly-shaped rocks like the Flower Growing out of A Writing Brush and Monkey Watching Sea of Clouds.
Move on to the Beginning-to-Believe Peak, 1668 meters above the sea level, is the fifteenth of the thirty-six minor peaks of Mount Huangshan. Its fancy name comes from this story. Many years ago someone wandered to this place on his way back from the Cloud Valley Temple and was immediately stunned by its unworldly landscape. He then improvised a couplet: "Inexplicable, unbelievable; admirable, no idea until arrival" The peak has many bizarre-shaped pines. As a saying goes, "One wont see the best of the Mount Huangshan pines until they come to the Begin-to-Believe Peak".
After lunch Visit Xihai Grand Canyon, it is a newly-developed scenic area open to public on May, 2001. Covering the most prime scenery of Xihai Scenic Area (Western part of Huangshan Scenic Area), it starts at Cloud-dispelling Pavilion, linking White Cloud Area at Fairy-walking Bridge, and creating a breath-taking circular sightseeing route. Within its 25 square kilometers, there are many unique rock formations, such as Upside-down Boot, Lady Playing Piano, Dog Watching Sky, Man Walking on Stilt, and fantastic peaks; Archway Peak, Nine-dragon Peak, Double Bamboo Shoot Peak, Stone-bed Peak, Stone-pillar Peak and Pine Forest Peak, just to name a few. Lush pines abound in the area and the large historic ones have names.
In the evening you will enjoy the sunset from the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. Stay overnight at the summit.
Hotels on mountain top (for reference only): Huangshan Shilin Hotel | Beihai Hotel | Xihai Hotel |
Whether you are lucky to see the sunrise with your guide will be decided by the weather.
Then Visit: The Lion Peak, A monkey gaping at the sea, The flower grown out of a writing brush rock, etc.
After lunch start to descend the mountain by foot or you can take Yungu cable car at your own expense: CNY 80/pp
Then, go down the mountain by cable car and drive to Hongcun Village. you can enjoy the ancient Hui Style architecture, one type of traditional Chinese architecture and the breathtaking landscape.
Upon arrivel, Have lunch at the local restaurant and have a short rest before the sightseeing in Hongcun Village.
Hongcun village is a wonderful place to visit, originated during Song Dynasty (960-1276), is praised as the most beautiful village in China.It is famous as the ancient village in the Chinese painting. Quite different from other traditional ancient villages in China, the layout,landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques all retain the original features Hongcun. The Following attractions you will visit as below:
The crescent-like pond surrounded by several grand dwellings, reflection of the building in the water, like a painting. Therefor the Hongcun Village also known as "Chinese Village in Picture"
Sounth of lake
The village is peculiarly arranged in the shape of an ox: Leigang Hill is the head, and two towering old trees standing make the horns of the ox. Four bridges across the stream are the legs, while the houses of the village form the body. Inside this "body", the winding stream from the dam represents the intestines, Moon Pond is the stomach, and South Lake (Nanhu) is the belly.
Drive you back to your hotel.
In the Morning, after breakfast in the hotel and take your valuables, passport and a small bag or backpack. we will then drive the nearby destination Xidi Village, Xidi Village is only about 10km from Hongcun and located 40km (25 miles) away from Huangshan Mountain. The Following attractions you will visit as below:
Hui Style Architecture
Its well-spaced houses with white walls, elegant decorations and black tiles are surrounded by mountains, which makes Xidi an ideal place for paint from life.
The ancient stone archway
The ancient stone archway at the entrance of Xidi Village is more than 400 years old and still in good condition. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty's archways.
In the afternoon drive to the Xin'an River, With a total length of about 50 km (31 miles), the Xin’an River Landscape Gallery Scenic Area is a popular section on the golden tourist line from Huangshan to Thousand Islets Lake in Hangzhou.
It is famous for its integration of unique Hui culture, natural landscape and ancient villages. The scenery along the river is different according to the season, like a flowing landscape painting, hence the name.
A gently flowing river with forests of fir, bamboo, tea bushes, loquat and orange on either side. There are numberous beautiful scenic spots along the river. The trekking distance is about 6km and it will take us about 2hours.
Lastly, comes an interesting visit to Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory, Ink sticks produced in east China's Anhui Province are considered to be the finest in the world, and are called Hui Ink sticks. First opened in 1782 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty, Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory is the oldest and most famous factory for Hui Ink in China, where visitors can see the whole working process of ink sticks.
After the tour, it’s time for departure. Your tour guide and driver will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination. Our service ends.
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Attractions(Cities)：Mt. Huangshan,Beginning-to-believe Peak,Brush Pen Peak,Bright Summit,Flying-over Rock and Cloud-dispelling Pavilion
Tour Style：Visit the Highlights of Huangshan(Yellow Mountain) in one day! It covers all highlights you expect to see in Huangshan.
Attractions(Cities)：MT.Huangshan, Hongcun Village, Tunxi Ancient Street.
Tour Style：Our 3 Days MT. Huangshan Essential Tour with Hongcun Village is a good choice for all the visitors, you can hiking the MT. Huangshan and have an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Huangshan and Hongcun.
Attractions(Cities)：MT.Huangshan, Huizhou Ancient Town, Tunxi Old Street
Tour Style：Our 3 Days Huangshan Hiking Tour with Huizhou culture is a good choice for all the visitors, you can hiking the MT.Huangshan and have an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Huangshan and Huizhou.
Tour Style： Tunxi is an ancient city with a long history.Early in the Qin and Han dynasties (more than 2200 years ago) a prefecture was set up. Book this One Day Tunxi Discovery Tour, not only excepet for the famed old street, there are also a couple of cultural relic sites here which you can explore.
Tour Style：Book this Half Day Hong Village Morning Tour to visit the remarkable ancient village, best example of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, one type of traditional Chinese architecture and the breathtaking landscape.The village listed in UESCO World Heritage Site - Hongcun. This tour is suitable for all kinds of travellers - family with kids, seniors, honeymooners, photographers, etc.
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