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Eastern Renaissance: A Trip Through China’s Waterway and Garden Cities

From RMB 5900
Travel days:  6 days
 /  5 nights

  •  Bullet train mentioned in the program in second class seat
  •  All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned car/coach.
  •  Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  •  Private English speaking tour guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  •  Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfast
  •  All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast).
  •  24 hours TUI China telephone Hotline : +86 13910187388.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Suzhou                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Garden Hotel  Yuanwailou  4*
  • Shanghai                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Magnificent International Hotel 4*
  • Hangzhou                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Best Western Premier Hotel 4*
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client. 
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.
  • Minimum of 2 pax


Travel content

Located no more than 3 hours away from one another, the cities of Suzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou were once the heart of the historic Silk Road trade. In these three cities, you’ll find the grandeur of the past and evidence of cultural exchange with Europe as they exist alongside China in its most modern forms. Less bustling than the bright lights of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou have the same metropolitan tradition as their larger neighbor. For its gardens and canals, Suzhou is known as ‘the Venice of the East’, and Marco Polo once described Hangzhou as “the finest and most splendid city in the world.” Both cities are home to rich cultural histories, local crafts and fine cuisine. You’ll see the best of what’s been preserved through the ages in these peaceful cities, and become familiar with the saying, “In heaven there is Paradise, on earth we have Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Then its on to Shanghai, the center of modern China. Like Suzhou and Hangzhou, Shanghai is a worldly and cultural city, but you’ll find a trip to Shanghai to be more about the glittering lights and nightlife than the serenity of the lakes. But to remind you that you’re not too far from Suzhou and Hangzhou, you’ll still have time to relax with a cup of coffee on the tree-lined boulevards of the French Concession.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing – Suzhou
    • Arrive at the Beijing South Railway station and take bullet train to Suzhou.
    • Transfer to hotel after arrival around noon
    • Explore Suzhou's picturesque canals, which inspired the city’s nickname, "The Venice of the East." 
    • Rickshaw tour at Pingjiang road
    • Visit the No.1 Silk Factory to view the silk processing in action.
    • Night tour and musical performance in Master of the Net’s Garden
    • Overnight in Suzhou
  • Day 2:
    Suzhou-Shanghai (B)
    • Breakfast at hotel  
    • Transfer to train station for trip to Shanghai
    • Transfer to Shanghai International Yang Shan Deep Water Harbor
    • Visit to the East China Sea Bridge, climb two peaks 98.9 meters above sea level to explore the Sacred Turtle Stone and the Goddess of Mercy Temple, take in the hilltop panorama.
    • Relaxing visit to Dishui Lake
    • Overnight in Shanghai
  • Day 3:
    Shanghai (B):
    • Tour around the old buildings of Shanghai’s colonial period including Okura Hotel, Cathay Theatre, Fuxing Park and the residence of Sun Yat-Sen
    • Participate in informal dance with the local people and have a cup of coffee in the French Concession
    • Stroll around the Bund to experience the contrast between old and modern Shanghai
    • Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center and ‘sky walk’on the 100th floor of the tallest skyscraper in China
    • Free time in the evening to enjoy Shanghai nightlife
    • Overnight in Shanghai
  • Day 4:
    • Transfer to train station and take bullet train to Hangzhou
    • Boat tour on West Lake
    • Hour-long cycling tour around West Lake
    • Sample teas at famous Dragon Well Tea Village and experience the local tea culture.
    • Visit Six Harmony Pagoda
    • Optional theater performance:  ”Impressions of West Lake”
    • Overnight in Hangzhou
  • Day 5:
    • Full day tour of Xixi National Wetland Park
    • Transfer back to hotel
    • Overnight in Hangzhou
  • Day 6:
    • Your tour in Hangzhou will end at the Monastery of Hidden Souls
    • Transfer to train station to take bullet train back to Beijing

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