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4 Days Shanghai In-depth Tour with Sidetrip to Suzhou

Integration of Ancient Charms and Modern Fashion

What are the essences to discover in modern Shanghai and classical Suzhou?

With short distance from Shanghai, convenient transfer and many unique experiences, Suzhou is the best option to enrich your vacation in Shanghai, which can be explored in a single day. This 4-day tour perfectly offers you the best highlights in the two cities in one go. You will firstly come to the “Oriental Paris”, view the amazing skyline and discover historical sites to capture the ancient and modern features, tradition and fashion looks of Shanghai. And then, make a cultural trip to Suzhou, appreciate its beauty and tranquility with visits of most poetic water town, exquisite classical garden and silk culture. You will feel two cities of completely different styles, which were both bred by Yangtze River and developed waterway transport. It’s super interesting and impressive to catch the dramatic contrast between China’s brilliant ancient cultural legacy of past and awesome up-to-date rising of today, traverse through urban vitality and time-old breath. The best highlights are well-organized at leisurely pace for you in this 4 days Shanghai Suzhou tour!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SS-04
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Culture / History
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • View impressive skyline of Shanghai, ascend up to an iconic skyscraper - Shanghai World Financial Center, walk at 474-meter-high glass way to have a bird’s eye view of the entire Shanghai city, walk through busy Nanjing Road to feel the city hustle and bustle;
  • Go back to the old Shanghai to better understand its culture and history, visit Shanghai Museum to admire China’s fantastic cultural relics and long history, wander along the Bund and Wukang Road to grab the perfect blend of local traditional and western styles;
  • Appreciate Lingering Garden, one of China’s four most famous classic gardens, unfolding meticulous layout; elegant architecture and extraordinary harmony between human and nature;
  • Stroll leisurely in Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town, enjoy featured traditional residential houses, bridges, graceful waterway views and take a relaxing boat trip, capture the authentic local lifestyle;
  • Have a deeper understanding of Chinese silk culture in Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory, learn the full process from the mulberry planting, silkworm breeding, silk reeling and products manufacturing and view gorgeous silk clothes;
  • Enjoy high-quality tour package with the best informative local tour guide, worry-free private transfer by our experienced driver, hotels and meals and other travel arrangements.
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Airport/train station/cruise port Pick up, Free Time

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

Upon arrival, meet your local tour guide and driver at the arrival hall of the airport/train station/cruise port and transfer to your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to rest and relax. If you want to explore attractions nearby, feel free to get practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Recommended Night Activity (optional): Watch an entertaining Acrobatic Show, including breathtaking “balls of death” acts, chair balancing, hula hoops, juggling of benches, walking in the air, and other breathtaking performances (usually performed during 19:30~21:00).

  • Beautiful Night View of the Bund - Nguyen from Canada Our curstomer enjoyed the beautiful night view of Shanghai

Day 2 Shanghai City Highlights Tour (B, L)

Today's Highlights: Shanghai Museum, Tianzifang, Shanghai World Financial Center, The Bund

After breakfast, you will visit Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China. Conveniently located near the People’s Square, this large museum is designed and built with a round top and a square base which symbolize the ancient Chinese perception of the world as “round sky, square earth”, and mainly focus on Chinese ancient history and art. Over one billion cultural relics are exhibited inside, including precious bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, sculptures, traditional furniture, seals and old coins from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing Dynasty. Da Ke Ding(bronze food vessel in over 3000 years ago), Bianzhong of Marquis Su of Jin (ancient musical instruments) are top treasures to visit. An Audio Explanation Device will help you better learn the facts and knowledge of the exhibitions.

Next, drive to Tianzifang, a unique popular tourist enclave remolded from a traditional residential block in old town of Shanghai. Intertwined narrow alleys are filled with small creative shops selling lovely souvenirs and plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants. It’s great fun to ramble through the maze-like area to appreciate the well-preserved traditional Shanghainese Shikumen (Stone Warehouse Gate) houses, see interesting novel art and handicrafts, savor a lazy open-air coffee time and try some local street food and feel the original Shanghai life vibe.

After lunch, visit the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), “the Eye of Shanghai”, one of the most incredible skyscrapers in Lujiazui. With a height of 492 meters (1,614 ft), the tower is the second tallest building after the nearby Shanghai Tower (632 meter/2,073 ft). Ascend up to the 474 meter-high 100th floor observation deck, try a thrilling skywalk on the transparent glass walkway and enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the entire city, including the Bund, neighboring Shanghai Tower, Jinmao Tower and many surrounding attractions. Feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

Later, get to Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s earliest commercial street and one of the most popular current landmarks. Lots of big name brands, restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops and towering buildings can be seen when you stroll around this busy pedestrian mall. Continue your walk to the Bund, the most iconic place of Shanghai. Stretching along the west bank of the Huangpu River, this 1.5km-long road was a simple towpath for transporting good but developed to the early “East Wall Street” in late 19th century. Most known as a perfect blend of the East meeting the West, the Bund mainly features 52 various European-style architectures praised to the Exhibition of World’s Architecture. Make a pleasant walk to see those western classical and modern style buildings and amazing skyscrapers of Lujiazui across the river.

Recommended Night Activity (optional): Take a relaxing Huangpu River cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets ablaze with colorful lights (about 50 minutes).

  • The View of Lujiazui from the Bund -  Our Guest Laszlo The View of Lujiazui from the Bund, Shot by Our Guest Laszlo
  • Ox-shaped Zun  (Over 2,500 Years) in Shanghai Museum Da Ke Ding in Shanghai Museum
  • Huang River Cruise - Sanchez's Family from Mexico Sanchez's Family from Mexico took a Huang River Cruise in 2019
  • Shanghai World Financial - Rajeev's Group from India Rajeev's group from India visited Shanghai World Financial Center with China Discovery

Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai (B, L)

Today's Highlights: Zhouzhuang Water Town, Lingering Garden, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

After breakfast, you will drive about 1.5 hours from Shanghai to the beautiful Zhouzhuang Water Town in Suzhou City. Reputed as the No.1 Water Town in China, Zhouzhuang is one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Towns in the Globe” and “World Charming Water Town” with a long history of over 1000 years, appealing sightseeing and authentic flavor of regions south of Yangtze River in China. Visiting Zhouzhuang Ancient Town, you can see 14 ancient particular stone bridges built in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, multiple courtyards linking together on the winding water, more than 800 residents living by the river, etc., which is exactly the look of serene historic water town in east China. Besides the scenery, the special folk culture in Zhouzhuang will tell you about the real gem of culture in Wu area and the sole of this charming place. Famous attractions include the Double Bridge, Old Drama Stage, Cultural Street, Zhang’s Residence and Shen's Residence, etc. (Optional activity - take a relaxing cruise on the water canals at your personal expense)

Then, transfer to downtown Suzhou to visit 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 full use of the changes between big and small, bend and straight, bright and dark, tall and low, tight and disperse, with the surrounding landscapes, such as plants, lakes, sky, etc. as backgrounds to create an ingenious system of space. Stepping into the garden, you will find the architectures, rockeries, corridors, pavilions, ponds and trees in Lingering Garden are all standing in the best place, neither too crowded nor too sporadic. The most incredible thing is that, in the same place, looking from different angles, you can enjoy different scenery. Making a step, you will get another feeling of another kind of scenery.

Finally, get to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory for a great entertaining and educational experience. Acting as a living museum of Suzhou Silk, this factory exhibits not only the ancient looms in different dynasties and different weaving techniques, but also the demo of silk manufacturing from cover to cover. You can feast your eyes on each step of the magic process, including silkworms eating mulberries, machinery unraveling cocoons, workers spinning silk and so on. A sea of fancy silk items like scarves, pajamas, bags, cheongsams, shirts are also on display.

After all sightseeing, drive back to Shanghai.

  •  Lingering Garden Customer Our delighted customers visited Lingering Garden
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Spring Zhouzhuang Water Town Spring
  • Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Silk Products in Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

Day 4 Shanghai Tour & Shanghai Departure (B)

Todays' Highlights: Wukakng Road, Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center

This morning, take a leisurely walk on the charming Wukang Road which was a special premier living quarter and retail district for expats in early Shanghai (from 1849 AD until 1943 AD). You will browse hundreds of old European-style buildings, apartments, villas, boutique shops, restaurants of a wide range of culinary styles standing among the ultra-modern architecture complex. It is a significant window into the city’s up-and-down history.

Move on to the next site, Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center, a small private museum to catch a special glimpse of the 20th century history of China. More than 400 interesting exhibits are displayed, including original Dazibao (Big Character Poster) and woodcuts, arm bands, pretty Shanghai Lady Posters from early 20th century to the 1970s China. You can see many Chinese stylized images, explicit slogans for advocating economical and technological development, as well as beautiful Shanghai Lady calender posters reflecting early fashion trend and advertising creativity, which are all with good explanation.

After the short visit, your guide and driver take you to the airport/train station/curise port for your next destination or home. Tour ends.

  • Propaganda Posters Exhibited in Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center Propaganda Posters of 21th Century of China Exhibited in Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
  • Wukang Road City Walk Wukang Road City Walk
  • Shikumen Architecture in Xintiandi Shikumen Architecture in Xintiandi

The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed (“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary (we can book for you);
  • Personal expenses;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Dear Rita,

We have just arrived at our next destination in Thailand, and our Malaysian friends have arrived back home in Penang.

Thank you so much for all the arrangements, which was initiated over 4 years ago and disrupted by the outbreak of Covid 19. I am especially thankful that you have accepted my frequent request to add additional participants which eventually increased from 2 to 4 to 6 and finally to 7.

The tour itinerary was very comprehensive covering not just Tibet itself but also the two cities where Tibetans have strong influence, namely Xining and Shangri-La.

The only regret we have is not being able to take the train from Xining to Lhasa as this was to be one of the highlights of this trip, but the flight between these two cities was an excellent one with a beautiful view of the snow capped mountains.

I would certainly recommend China Discovery to anyone who would wish to visit China, especially the Tibetan region.

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Aki‚ Japanese, May 31, 2024

Hi Rita,

Thank you for the arrangement last time, my family had great times.

Susi

Susi‚ Indonesia, May 31, 2024

Hi Rita,

Apologies for my delay in responding. We only came home last week and have been busy with work getting back up to date.

We had a fantastic tour. David was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and responsive to our needs. He helped us with recommendations for food and shopping and we really enjoyed his company for the 8 days. He knew when to give us information about the area and also when to give us some space and quiet to enjoy the views.

The itinerary suited everything we were looking for. David also adapted it to the weather for the best views and experiences and arranged extra stops, at our request. We couldn't have asked for a better tour or guide. The driver and car was also excellent, very clean and comfortable. The hotels met our expectations and were really well located. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations and I would be happy to share my experiences anywhere you would like me to. I'll send on some photos separately this weekend that you can use as you wish.

In terms of any suggestions, it is just to give some extra information before your guests travel, as many things are quite different in China than in Europe or the USA. I suggest giving the following advices to clients when they book the tour:

• Bring a small backpack to carry snacks and water each day.

• There are limited food options within the national park, so you may wish to bring some favourite snacks from home. You can purchase snacks in the local town, however they may not suit your taste so it is good to have some familiar snacks to hand. Some fruit, chocolate, crisps and nuts are available locally.

• You will walk quite a bit during the trip (including steps), so make sure you have good walking shoes with you.

• Hotel rooms typically do not have travel safes in them, so be prepared to carry your cash/ valuables with you each day.

• Coffee is not popular in this region of China. There may be days that coffee is not available. We suggest bringing some coffee sachets with you if this poses a difficulty for you.

• We suggest to download the 'WeChat' app before travelling to China to communicate with your guide. WhatsApp, Google, Instagram, Facebook and many other apps and websites do not work in China.

• We recommend having some local currency with you for purchases in rural villages, as not all accept card payments or your card may not work as it does at home.

The final recommendation I would give is to include the fox fairy show and Huanglong cave in itineraries. Both were amazing and unlike anything we had seen before. Also on the coffee piece, Europeans drink a lot of coffee. In Furong there was nowhere in the old or new town to get coffee in the morning. It might be an idea for the guide to have some coffee that they could give to the tourists to make their own.

I hope that has been helpful and thank you again for making this trip one that we will never forget. I'll send the photos in a few days.

Regards,

Fiona

Fiona‚ Irish, May 30, 2024

Hi Leo.

We have ended our private tour today with you. Thank you so much for the wonderful arrangement.

All the 3 drivers and guide are very experienced and knowledgeable. We really get a deep understanding of Xi’an, Chengdu and Chongqing.

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Vinent ‚ Singapore, May 30, 2024

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The reviews online were exactly what we had experienced. If I were to travel China (Yunnan), I would like move off the beaten tours not major tourist attractions.

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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Beautiful Night View of the Bund - Nguyen from Canada Beautiful Night View of the Bund - Nguyen from Canada
  • The View of Lujiazui from the Bund -  Our Guest Laszlo The View of Lujiazui from the Bund - Our Guest Laszlo
  • Ox-shaped Zun  (Over 2,500 Years) in Shanghai Museum Ox-shaped Zun (Over 2,500 Years) in Shanghai Museum
  • Huang River Cruise - Sanchez's Family from Mexico Huang River Cruise - Sanchez's Family from Mexico
  • Shanghai World Financial - Rajeev's Group from India Shanghai World Financial - Rajeev's Group from India
  •  Lingering Garden Customer Lingering Garden Customer
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Spring Zhouzhuang Water Town Spring
  • Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
  • Propaganda Posters Exhibited in Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center Propaganda Posters Exhibited in Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center
  • Wukang Road City Walk Wukang Road City Walk
  • Shikumen Architecture in Xintiandi Shikumen Architecture in Xintiandi

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