3 Days Hangzhou & Suzhou Beauty Tour by High Speed Train

Finest Cities of Jiangnan

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Hangzhou and Suzhou together were praised as "the Heavenly Cities" by ancient Chinese people due to their prosperity, rich culture and fabulous landscape.Hangzhou is famous for its legendary West Lake and Dragon Well Tea, while Suzhou is known by people for its classical gardens and water towns. This tour gets you all the features in brief 3 days.

Highlights of this tour

  • Cruise leisurely on West Lake to appreciate the fabulous view of Su & Bai Causeways;
  • Treat yourself with the fresh tranquil air at Lingyin Temple;
  • Have fun to see how the exquisite gardens and waterways in Suzhou.

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:
Hangzhou / Suzhou
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-SHT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival

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After arriving in Hangzhou, your guide will meet you at the train station. Today, You’ll explore three must-see Hangzhou attractions: Lingyin Temple (including Feilai Peak), West Lake and Dragon Well Tea Plantation.

Your first stop is Lingyin Temple. Founded in AD 326, Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat) is one of the most significant and beautiful Buddhist monasteries in China. The famous Feilai Feng is known for the dozens of Buddhist sculptures carved into the rock, many dating from the 10th century.

Later, you’ll enjoy the leisure cruising time on West Lake. Long considered one of the scenic wonders of China, West Lake, a place of tranquility, is surrounded by hills on three sides while Hangzhou City itself is on the eastern shore.

Finally, drive to Dragon Well Tea Plantation where produces one of the China’s most famous varieties of green tea. You could wander around the tea terraces, catch glimpses of the different stages of production - cutting, sorting, and drying - and also buy the tea.

Dragon Well Tea PlantationWest Lake Summer
Day 2 Hangzhou - Suzhou (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will 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, your guide will escort you to the train station to take the high-speed train to Suzhou (1.5 hours). Stay overnight in Suzhou.

Six Harmonies Pagoda
Day 3 Suzhou Departure (B, L)

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Welcome to Suzhou, the city of gardens! On this day, you’ll start to experience the exquisite garden - Humble Administrator’s Garden. It is not only the Suzhou’s largest garden, but also one of the top four gardens in China. Originally built in 1509 by a retired magistrate Wang Xianchen, now it ranks the best representative of Chinese classical gardens with Ming Dynasty style.

Close to Humble Administrator’s Garden is the old town of Suzhou - Pingjiang Road. There are lovely sights, cafes, little shops, bars and the feeling that you have stepped back in time. Take a punt-style boat is a relaxing way to explore this canal-side old town (Optional for the punt-style boat).

Then, head to Xumen Pier to take a leisurely cruise along Grand Canal. It is the best way to see the authentic local life and truly get a good idea what is going on in the old town of Suzhou. You cruise will stop at Xumen Pier and later followed a trip to the nearby Panmen Scenic Area to appreciate the “three fine sceneries” - Panmen Gate, Wu Men Bridge and Ruiguang Pagoda.

You last stop of today will go 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, you guide will escort you to the railway station to catch a train to next destination. Service ends!

Grand Canal full viewElegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden

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