How to Plan Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tours

Make a plan before starting your Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour will give you a more smooth and well-organized tour. We have listed some essential information below for your Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour, hope to help you to make a more reasonable and useful tour plan.

Best time to go

Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou have a moderate climate and four distinctive seasons. The winter is not too cold, while the summer is not too hot. The weather is comfortable all year round.

However, the best time to visit is spring and autumn. For the sceneries at that time are extremely beautiful in Suzhou and Hangzhou. For detailed weather information, please check Shanghai Weather, Suzhou Weather and Hangzhou Weather.

Hangzhou West Lake

Hangzhou West Lake

Decide your travel length

Considering your comfort during the tour and the attractions in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, we suggest you to take about 6 days to visit the three places. If you are looking for an in-depth tour, feel free to lengthen your tour. We have selected some popular itineraries at the bottom for your reference. All itineraries can be tailor-made, so if you have any special requirements, please feel free to contact us, and our Travel Consultant will try their best to help you.

Suzhou Zhouzhuang Water Town

Suzhou Zhouzhuang Water Town

Where to Start or End Your Tour?

As a global financial center and a transport hub, Shanghai provides numerous international and domestic flights every day. You can easily arrive or leave China from Shanghai. Shanghai is definitely your best choice to start and end your Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Choices of transportation

The distances of those three cities are very short, so there are no flights flying among them. You can take high speed train, normal train and intercity bus to travel. However, we highly recommend you to take high speed train to travel. The running time of high speed train between Shanghai and Suzhou is only 0.5h, between Shanghai and Hangzhou is 1h, while between Suzhou and Hangzhou is 1.5h. You can get to know the detailed transportation information at Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Transportation.

High Speed Train

High Speed Train

Choose accommodations in Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou

Don’t forget to book hotels in advance when you plan the tour. There are many choices for you, no matter you want luxury hotel or small comfortable inn, and we can find the most suitable one for you. For your reference, we select some hotels from 3 stars to 5 stars and are easy to reach. Check Shanghai Accommodation, Suzhou Accommodation and Hangzhou Accommodation to know more.

Hotel in Shanghai

Hotel in Shanghai

Explore Highlights in Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou

Many people are familiar with Shanghai, the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, the City God Temple, Nanjing Road, etc. are very popular among tourists. As the most famous backyards of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou may be a little bit unfamiliar for you. The two cities are popular for their traditional elite culture and exquisite attractions. In Suzhou, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Lion Grove Garden, etc. are definitely must-go places for you. As for Huangzhou, West Lake, Linyin Temple, Dragon Well Village and Leifeng Pagoda should always be on your visit list. If you want to know more about the highlights and activities in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, please check Things to Do in Shanghai, Things to Do in Suzhou and Things to Do in Hangzhou.

Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden

Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden

Extended Destinations for Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tour

If time permits, we suggest you visit more places for Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour. The most popular extended destinations are Tongli Water Town and Mt. Huangshan. The two places are both easy to reach and definitely worth your time. Tongli Water Town is an age-old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. While Mt. Huangshan, one of the most beautiful mountains in China, is famed for its “Four Wonders” – beautifully-shaped pine trees, fantastic rock peaks, sea of clouds and hot springs. To include Tongli and Mt. Huangshan in your Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tour, you need at least 9 days for this tour. We make two itineraries with extended destinations of Tongli and Mt. Huangshan for your reference; they are 9 Days East China Nature Tour and 9 Days East China & Mt. Huang Tour by Speed Train. If you prefer other destinations, please feel free to contact us, our Travel Consultant will customize a satisfactory tour for you.

Mt. Huangshan

Mt. Huangshan

Recommended Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tours

Top 3 Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tours chosen by most customers to explore Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary,or tailor your own trip now with us.

Hangzhou West Lake Cycling Tour
5 Days Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou West Lake Bike Tour

Shanghai / Suzhou / Hangzhou /

The Bund Night Views in Shanghai
6 Days Splendid East China Tour by Bullet Train

Shanghai / Tongli / Suzhou / Hangzhou / Shanghai

Grand canal
3 Days Hangzhou & Suzhou Beauty Tour by High Speed Train

Hangzhou / Suzhou

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