7 Days Shanghai Suzhou Garden Tour with Yellow Mountain Climbing

Lost in Chinese Gardens

Our Eastern China tour provides you a perfect romantic backdrop with exquisite Jiangnan-style elegance.Tour the dynamic modern metropolis Shanghai, view the peaceful China Water Town Tongli, visit the classic Chinese Garden in Suzhou, and enjoy the marvelous natural beauty in Mt. Huangshan - a lifetime experience is waiting for you!...

Highlights of this tour:

  • Embrace China's traditional elegant beauty through those ancient water towns in Jiangnan;
  • Dazzle yours sense with the spectacular beauty of Mt.Huang that only nature can create;
  • Experience the excitement of Shanghai's vitality with the tranquility of Suzhou's canals and gardens;
  • Amazed at the contrasts of busyness and quietness, as well as man-made wonders and scenic spots in the historically and culturally rich Yangtze River Delta.

Basic Trip Information

  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 / Huangshan / Shanghai
Travel Length:
7 days and 6 night
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Shanghai Tour

Arrive at Shanghai and visit its modern and traditional sites, such as Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center and The Bund, etc.

Day 3~4 Suzhou Tour & Fly to Huangshan

Transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou to visit the Must Vists, including Tongli Water Town, Lingering Garden and Silk Factory, etc. Then transfer back to Shanghai to take a flight to Huangshan City.

Day 5~6 Huangshan Tour & Back to Shanghai

Have a great hiking of one and a half days from front mountain of Mount Huangshan to the top and back mountain. Visit famous sites, such as Greeting Guest Pine, Lotus Peak, Bright Summit, Lion Peak, West Grand Canyon, etc. Last, take a flight back to Shanghai.

Day 7 Shanghai Departure

Free to explore whatever you want, until be transferred to catch your flight.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the biggest metropolis of China!

Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Optional Evening Activity - Enjoy an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World or other acrobatic theatres.

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Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. The first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. It is an ideal place to learn about the profound Chinese history and culture.

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.

After lunch, drive a few kilometers to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to visit visit “the eye of Shanghai” - 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 under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

Later, move 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 during European concession period. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional Evening Activity - Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

  • Beautiful The Bund Beautiful International Buildings at The Bund
  • Shanghai French Cocession Shanghai French Cocession
  • Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai Full View from Shanghai World Financial Center

Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou (B)

In this morning, you will be taken to the train station to take an early high speed train to Suzhou (0.5 hour). 

After arrival at Suzhou, 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.

After the tour, go to check in your hotel. Have a good rest!

  • Lingering Garden Spring Lingering Garden Spring
  • Suzhou Tiger Hill Suzhou Tiger Hill

Day 4 Tongli & Transfer o Huangshan ( B, L )

Today after breakfast, you guide and driver will pick you at your hotel to explore Tongli Water Town, 25 kilometers away from Suzhou downtown (40 minutes). This charming typical water town in China is very ancient of over 1,000 years old and well keeps its authentic old buildings, antique bridges and pure folk customs. Visit Retreat & Reflection Garden (World Cultural Heritage Site), Gengle Hall, the Three Bridges, the Pearl Tower, and other featured sights that are the highlights of Tongli Water Town. Afterwards, wander on the old lanes and walk on the stone bridges to get numerous wonderful sceneries of the ancient Tongli.

The afternoon is free for you to transfer to Shanghai to catch your flight/train to Hangshan. 

Note: The Shanghai Huangshan flight may be cut off during off season. Or you can take the 4 hours' high speed train at around 18:00 from Shanghai to Huanshan. And you can also take the overnight normal train leaving at around 20:15 to get to Huangshan.

  • Tongli Water Town Tongli Water Town

Day 5 Huangshan Hiking ( B )

Route: Greeting Guest Pine - Bright Summit - West Sea Grand Canyon
Length: about 10km/7 hrs

Today after breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, then drive about 80 kilometers (1.5 hours) to the foot of Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. Your memorable Huangshan hiking starts! 

To save more time and energy to explore the highlighting mountain top area, you will directly transfer by park bus from the mountain foot to Mercy Light Pavilion to take a cableway to upper Jade Screen Scenic Area (Yuping Scenic Area), also known as the Front Mountain. After a few minutes’ ascending walking from the upper cableway station, you will reach the symbol of Mount Huangshan - Greeting Guests Pine. From the Greeting Pine, the uprising stone steps take you to a fork where you have to decide to hike two hours to the highest peak on the Mount Huang - Lotus Peak(1864m) or not. Walk down the One Hundred Cloud Ladder from the fork to a lower valley, then climb the steeping path of One-Line-Sky to get to Turtle Fish Peak. From the peak, an even path leads you to the middle way of today – Baiyun Hotel. After a short rest, keep on hiking about 500 meters to the Bright Summit, the second highest peak on the mountain. Walk around for sightseeing from the centrical location, then you have to walk about one and a half hour from the Bright Summit to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion which is the entrance for the dreamland – West Sea Grand Canyon. The famous Flying-over Rock is a MUST-SEE along the road.

Generally speaking, it takes about 3 hours for energetic hiker to hike from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring to the bottom and return to the starting point. For beginners, children, and senior travelers, you can decide the hiking length on your own according to your, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring and 2.5hrs for the 2nd Ring. In the bottom of the canyon, there is also a monorail cable trains for those who don’t want to return by walking to transfer back to the peak area. 

(Please Note: from December to the middle March of next year, the Lotus Peak and West Sea Grand Canyon are usually closed for the heavy snow. Please feel free to contact us to adjust your itinerary)

  • Mt. Huangshan Hikers Man Mt. Huangshan Hikers
  • Visitor-Greeting Pine Visitor-Greeting Pine
  • West Sea Grand Canyon West Sea Grand Canyon

Day 6 Back to Shanghai from Huangshan ( B )

Route: Back Mountain (Lion Peak - Beginning-to-Believe Peak - White Goose Ridge - Yungu Temple)
Length: about 9km/4 hrs

 Get up early (usually around 5am to 6am) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise from Huangshan. In good-weather days, you can see clearly the golden light of the sun piercing the mists, and rocky peaks rising above the frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds. After the sunrise, get back to your hotel for breakfast.

Continue on your wonderful sightseeing on the Yellow Mountain to see the famous Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk to another legendary peak -Beginning-to-Believe Peak (how the name come - an ancient traveler began to believe that Mount Huangshan was the most beautiful mountain after seeing the stunning landscapes on the Beginning-to-Believe Peak). The famous Black Tiger Pine locates along the road to the Beginning-to-Believe Peak.

Lastly, you will descend the mountain from the White Goose Ridge to Yungu Temple, which is an easy walking of about two and a half hours along wide but a bit precipitous stone steps. After reaching the Yungu Temple, the park bus will transfer you to the Tangkou Town where your driver is ready to pick you up. The rest of today is free until being transferred to catch your flight back to Shanghai.

  • Mt. Huangshan Hikers Mt. Huangshan Hikers
  • Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain

Day 7 Shanghai Departure ( B, L )

Today, we will not arrange a guided itinerary for you so that you have some flexible time to explore several places of your own interest in Shanghai. Feel free to get recommendations from us or your tour guide. Generally speaking, if you are seeking for those old alleys of Shanghai, you can go to Tianzifang(田子坊) or Xintiandi(新天地). If you are interested in Buddhist culture, the peaceful Jade Buddha Temple awaits your visit. If you want to learn more about the history of Shanghai, you are suggested to visit Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. If you want to follow the trace the colonial period of Shanghai, take a visit to the French Concession. If your flight departures at later afternoon, you can even get out of the city to visit a watertown - Zhujiajiao or Tongli.

At last, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport, railway station or port to catch your flight/train/ship to your next destination.

  • Leisure Time at Tianzifang Spend Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang
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