8 Days East China Tour by High-speed Train

Explore Jiangnan by Bullet Train

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Experience the East China like Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai, from the ancient capital to the paradise on earth, from the bustling city to the breathtaking natural wonders, all in one grand journey.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take the comfortable and fast bullet as your major transfer between destinations;
  • Explore the famous capital city for six ancient China dynasties - Nanjing;
  • Embrace China's traditional elegant garden, lakes, pagodas, water canals in two prosperous cities - Suzhou and Hangzhou;
  • Feel the charm and vitality of Shanghai,the most prosperous and modernized city in China.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  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:
Nanjing / Suzhou / Hangzhou / Shanghai
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-NSHS-08
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureFestivalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~3 Nanjing Arrival & Tour

Arrive at Suzhou and visit the historical sites, such as Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Zhonghua Gate, Confucius Temple, etc, also go to explore the landmarks - Qinhuai River, Presidential Palace and Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, etc.

Day 4~6 Suzhou and Hangzhou Tour

Three full days to explore the two symbolic cities of tradtitional Jiangnan - Suzhou and Hangzhou. One day to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, Pingjiang Road and Grand Cana in Suzhou. The other two days to explore West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Dragon Well Tea Village, Six Harmonies Pagoda. Then take high speed train to Shanghai.

Day 7~8 Shanghai Tour & Departure

Experience the great contrast of Shanghai by visiting the traditional Yu Garden and Jade Buddha Temple, modern and prosperous Jinmao Tower, Nanjing Road and The Bund, etc.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Nanjing Arrival

Welcome to Nanjing, the capital of the Six Dynasties! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this ancient city.

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Day 2 Nanjing (B, L)

Your first stop today is Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. Located at the foot of the majestic Purple Mountain, it is the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China. Some 392 steps lead to the very entrance in this mausoleum and it is a definite must-see place when you are visiting Nanjing.

Later, you’ll have a great look at Zhonghua Gate which is the biggest castle-style city in China and the most complicated castle in the world. Built from 1366 to 1387, Zhonghua Gate boasts great skill, delicate structure and magnificent scale.

Then, head to Confucius Temple. Built in Song Dynasty, the year of 1034, Nanjing Confucius Temple has a history of about 1000 years. The whole temple covers a huge area, mainly consisting of Confucius Temple, Studying Hall and Gongyuan. 

The last scenic spot today is the Qinhuai River to explore the local lifestyle. This river remembers the long history of the town and it is inseparable part of all that is happening in Nanjing. Its bank was very popular during the Qing and Ming Dynasties due to the red lantern alley that was placed there.

  • Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
  • Fuzi Miao Fuzi Miao

Day 3 Nanjing - Suzhou (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you’ll going to visit Presidential Palace. During the 1009 years and from 1840 to 1949, it was the backbone of Chinese military and politics. Now it is a historic site with great importance in modern history of China, also becoming the biggest modern history museums in China.

Later, be followed a trip to Yuejiang Tower which is regarded as one of top 4 famous towers in Jiangnan Area. Built in 1374 in Ming Dynasty, Yuejiang Tower is in traditional, imperial architectural design, at 52-meter-tall with 7 stories. A visit to Yuejiang Tower makes you enjoy panoramic view of Yangtze River, appreciate Chinese architectural art as well as know some history of Ming Dynasty.

After the tour, transfer to the train station to take the high-speed train to Suzhou (1 hour 12 min). Free for the rest of the day. Stay overnight in Suzhou.

  • Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
  • Presidential Palace Presidential Palace

Day 4 Suzhou - Hangzhou (B, L)

In this morning, you will be taken to take 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, escort to the railway station to take the high-speed train to Hangzhou (about 1.5hrs). Have a good rest in Hangzhou.

  • Lingering Garden Spring Lingering Garden Spring
  • Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Shantang Street Shantang Street

Day 5 Hangzhou (B, L)

In the early morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby, and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Firstly, spend the peaceful and less-crowded morning time to visit the iconic and World Heritage site of Hangzhou - the picturesque West Lake. You will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens. After the cruise, disembark the lake shore to stroll leisurely on the famous Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, and explore the poetic sites around, such as Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, etc.

Leave West Lake, and move on to next site - Lingyin Temple, about 3km west away from the West Lake. With a history of nearly 1700 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 which features in uncountable Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes.

Lastly, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village. After arrival, you will go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding scenery, and sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea. After the enjoyable tea time, say goodbye to the host, and drive to the China National Tea Museum to learn systematically about Chinese Tea Culture.

Optional evening activity: 1) watch a magnificent night show - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, a live performance with changing lights, music and dancing on the West Lake, which usually starts at 7pm; Notice: the Impression West Lake would be unavailable during December 17, 2018 to the early-March, 2019 for the cold winter in Hangzhou. 2) feast your eyes to enjoy an amazing Music fountain show at Third Park , near the eastern lakeside of West Lake.

  • West Lake Shuangtou Bridge Enjoy Sunset at Shuangtou Bridge at West Lake
  • Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour

Day 6 Hangzhou - Shanghai (B, L)

After Breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Firstly, drive about 20 minutes to Six Harmonies Pagoda to see the masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture. Climbing onto the top, you could have a spectacular view of Qiantang River and surrounding hills.

Leave Six Harmonies Pagoda, and 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 on the street - 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, escort to the railway station to take the high-speed train to Shanghai (1 hour). Stay overnight in Shanghai.

  • Six Harmonies Pagoda Six Harmonies Pagoda

Day 7 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. 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.

After lunch, drive a few kilometers to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to 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 activities: 1). 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);  2). Enjoy an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World or other acrobatic theatres.

  • Shanghai Museum Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China
  • Beautiful The Bund Beautiful International Buildings at The Bund
  • Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai The Tranquil Yu Garden with Classical Chinese Style to Relax

Day 8 Shanghai & Shanghai Departure (B)

Before your departure, you will make fully use of your time to explore two more great sites in Shanghai – the Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Jade Buddha Temple.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a fashionably designed modern museum, themed with “City, Citizens, Environment and Development”. It vividly displays how Shanghai developed from a swampy fishing village into the most vibrant and biggest cosmopolitan city of China. Different usages of photography, models and interactive multimedia displays make your visit enjoyable and entertaining. The best features are the old rare photos of landmarks, such as the Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, during the international settlement, and the large scale model showing the detailed layout of Shanghai.

Next is a wonderful visit to Jade Buddha Temple. Owning the largest jade Buddha in the world and numerous religious artifacts, ancient statues and Buddhist scriptures, the Jade Buddha Temple is a peaceful kingdom of Buddhism hidden among modern blocks and dominating mansions. 

After the sightseeing, the rest time is free for you until your tour guide escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with Visitors Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with Visitors
  • Jade Buddha Temple Jade Buddha Temple
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