5 Days Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou West Lake Bike Tour

East China Bike Tour

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See the best of Chinese classic beauty by bike! Our private cycling tour around Shanghai covers all the highlights of splendid beauty. Wandering in the ancient water town and cycling around the West Lake, the "Heaven on The Earth" is waiting for you.

Highlights of this tour

  • Feel the old and modern side of Shanghai along the Huangpu River;
  • Enjoy cycling exploration around West Lake to see its tranquil lake views as well as the ancient bridges, pagodas, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens;
  • See the classic gardens, water towns and experience the real life of Suzhou.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from Request
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shanghai / Suzhou / Hangzhou /
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CT-05
Group Size:
You & Your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureCyclingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

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Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the most metropolis of China! Upon arrival, clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name.

Then, you’ll be taken to have an 8-minute high-tech Maglev Train. It’s not a bird or a plane, just Shanghai’s Maglev Train, the world’s fastest train running 430km/hr. Your driver is ready to pick you up at the Longyang Road station, and transfer you to your hotel. (Note: The Maglev Train time is 06:45-21:42, please kindly make sure if your arrival time is able to take it or not, and it is also subject to your arrival airport. )

Evening Optional Activity: attend an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show, including balls of death, balance of chairs, hula hoops, juggling benches, walking in the air, etc.

Shanghai Maglev Train
Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, the first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, the No.4 museum in China. Enter into the “round heaven and square earth” and enjoy over 120,000 precious historic Chinese artistic relics, from bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphic works to jade, coins, seals and sculpture, etc. You won’t miss Da Ke Ding, the precious treasure of Shanghai Museum, showing the history and economy of the West Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-771 BC). To help you learn about the history and facts about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be prepared for you.

Then, take an interesting walking through the charming Former French Concession which used t be designated for the French and residential and as the premier residential for expats and retail district of Shanghai during the settlement period(1849 until 1943) and the Republic of China era(1912~1949). Its juxtaposition between the ultra-modern and the colonial past,tree-lined streets, boutique shops, historic lane houses and villas make it a window into the city’s up-and-down history.

Later, drive to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to visit Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) where you can have a panoramic view of the whole Shanghai and Huangpu River area. Ascend yourselves to 474 meters on the 100th floor to experience sky walk on the transparent glass-walled walkway and feel Shanghai lying at your feet and blue sky over your head.

You will then transfer to another popular landmark of Shanghai - Nanjing Road which is shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the local modern atmosphere. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund. Originally the towpath for transporting, the Bund transformed into a feverish trading district. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Evening Optional Activity: take Huangpu River cruise to enjoy fantastic night view of Shanghai.

Shanghai MuseumBeautiful The BundClassical Yu Garden in Shanghai
Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou ( B, L )

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In the early morning of today, you will firstly take a high speed bullet train to Suzhou City (about 30mins).

After arrival, start today's trip with an interesting visit to Lingering Garden, one of the Four Greatest Gardens in China as well as the perfect representative of traditional Suzhou Gardens. The Lingering Garden has synthesized almost all the classic features of Suzhou gardens. It is composed of residential areas, shrines, family temple and garden, making fully use of the changings between big and small, bend and straight, bright and dark, tall and low, tight and disperse, with the surrounding landscapes, such as trees, flowers, lake, sky, as backgrounds to create an ingenious system of space. After visiting Lingering Garden, move on to next site - Shantang Ancient Street, a wonderful place for a relaxing walking or leisure cruise on canals. It used to be an important trade and culture center during Ming and Qing Dynasties, and now is famous as “the miniature of old Suzhou and the window of Wu culture”. Enjoy the ornate water-town style architectures, marvel at the bustling streets and savor at local snacks.

In the afternoon, you will go to explore the most historical site in Suzhou – Tiger Hill. The hill is only 36 meters in height, but covers about 3.5 acres areas with a number of historical sites some of which have history over 2,500 years. The most famous site is the Yunyan Pagoda which is an over-1000-year-old pagoda with seven stories in height and famously leans much the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Apart from the history, the Tiger Hill is also an amazing place to go for a walk, enjoy natural scenery and experience local custom. Next, transfer to Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory where you could not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some history and culture of silk in China.

Accommodate at Suzhou City. Have a good rest!

Lingering gardenTiger Hill SpringShantang Street
Day 4 High Speed Train to Hangzhou from Suzhou ( B, L )

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In this morning, you will be transferred to take high speed train to Hangzhou, known as "City of Heaven". Upon your arrival at Hangzhou, our local guide will meet you and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Today, you’ll first visit Lingyin Temple, about 3 km west away from the West Lake. With a history of nearly 1,700 year, Lingyin Temple is hidden in the luxurious forest, and offers charming and peaceful landscape and impressive Buddhist culture. Next, extend your visit to the adjacent Feilai Peak, also known as Peak Flying from Afar, which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in uncountable Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. 

Later, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, a picturesque wonderland surrounded by mountains with large area of tea plantations. You can go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding sceneries, also sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea and listen to the interesting introduction about authentic traditional tea culture.

Dragon Well Tea PlantationLingyin Temple
Day 5 Hangzhou & Hangzhou Departure ( B, L )

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On this day, you’ll begin your cycling exploration at the famous lake landmark – “Lingering Snow Over the Broken Bridge” which is an arched bridge that gives the illusion of being broken after winter snowfall. Continue west along Bai Causeway perfectly decorated by pink peach flowers and weeping willow trees, proceed westward to “Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake”, an ancient, water-rimmed terrace to rest your legs. After having a look at the picturesque West Lake, get on your bike to continue your trip to Yue Fei Temple, dedicated to a revered general of the Southern Song Dynasty. Park your bike and step inside to view the three temple halls and the courtyard that contains Yue Fei’s tomb. After the visit, continue your biking north of Su Causeway and you’ll pass “Lotus Swaying in the Breeze” and “Dawn at Su Causeway in Spring”. Challenge yourself by passing the six arched bridges and finally arrive at “Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor”. Park your bike and climb up the soaring Leifeng Pagoda, octagonal, five-story structure originally built in 975 AD, to listen to the famous folk tale “The Legend of White Snake” as well as have a panoramic view of West Lake.

In this afternoon, be escorted to appreciate Chinese silk by visiting China National Silk Museum. Here, you’ll have full knowledge about 5000 years Chinese silk history and the Silk Road, learn the whole process how silk is made, as well as witness the changing of Chinese and Western fashion and clothing over the centuries.

Then, you’ll go to take an enjoyable walking at the famous Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian street full of ornate Chinese architectures, local delicious snacks and interesting handcrafts. Visit century-old Chinese pharmacy - Hu Qing Yu Tang to appreciate the exquisite architecture as well as learn about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicines.

After the tour, be free until your guide and driver escort you to catch your flight / train to next destination.

West Lake SummerHefang StreetWest Lake Cycling Experience

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