Essence of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wuzhen
Why we recommend this tour: This tour covers the essence of Shanghai and Hangzhou: a city full of the vigor of modern China and a city surrounded by natural beauty and charming ancient water towns.
- Tour code: SH-11
- Departure date: You choose
- Private tour: customizable, traveling with your own tour guide, driver, and car
from $759 Price detail
- Walking on the Bund, the classic landmark of Shanghai before seeing a bird's eye view from the TV Tower
- The traditional Chinese garden and architectural features of Yu Yuan
- Shanghai’s best museum — Shanghai Museum, where there are more than 120,000 precious historical relics
- Walk and boat on Hangzhou’s West Lake and discover tea growers’ life in the hills
- Discover one of the most charming ancient water town — Wuzhen Water Town.
Your private guide will be waiting for you in arrivals and will escort you to your hotel in a comfortable private vehicle, which is driven by an experienced driver. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is yours for acclimatization or discovering this China’s largest city on your own. We take the stress out of travel, so you can enjoy China more.
GOOD TO KNOW
- Evening ideas: Your guide will be with you between 9am and 5pm during a typical day. The evenings are yours for exploration or relaxation. You can ask for ideas and recommendations from your guide (an expert on Shanghai). Or see Discover More for ideas.
- Massage and Spa: Taipan Spa is popular with expats. See our Shanghai massage guide.
- Street snack discovery: Discover the common food and snacks for Shanghai people in Shanghai’s most popular snack street.
You will have your Western breakfast at your hotel. Your personal driver, and guide will be waiting in the lobby after breakfast, prepared with drinks and map, ready to maximize your time. Today is packed:
Walk on the Bund to discover the classic landmark of Shanghai.
Yu Yuan: A place of traditional Chinese garden and architectural features.
The Temple of the City God: The area around the temple used to be a venue for Shanghai people celebrating festivals, and now it is a ‘heaven’ of tasting Shanghai snacks.
Shanghai World Financial Center: A new landmark of Shanghai, where you can have a bird’s eye view of Shanghai from the top floor of the building (474meters up).
Shanghai Museum: One of the best museums in Shanghai. This ancient-Chinese-pot-shaped building houses ancient Chinese bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphies spanning 6,000 years. If you are into jade, calligraphy and pottery then you will find it there.
Lunch is at Home’s Restaurant which specializes in Shanghai cuisine and your private guide will help you order.
GOOD TO KNOW
After your Western breakfast at your hotel, your private guide and driver will escort you to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station with prepared train tickets, and then you can experience the speed of a China’s fastest train — taking a bullet train to Hangzhou. The journey takes about 50 minutes.
Lingyin Temple: Hangzhou’s oldest temple was constructed about 1,600 years ago. It is a traditional temple, with Chinese architectural features, and Buddhist culture. Surrounded by graceful landscapes, including Peak Flown from Afar, you can opt to enjoy an exploration of the hill.
West Lake: You will visit this symbol and the soul of Hangzhou by boat. The 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) lake is surrounded by green hills and includes many scenic spots marked by bridges, islands, and ancient buildings.
GOOD TO KNOW
- An alternative for people have no interest in temples: Biking around West Lake and experiencing local life in the morning. The cycling route around West Lake is a relaxing route with picturesque scenery.
You will have your lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant (Zhangshengji Restaurant, 张生记) offering typical Hangzhou-style dishes.
Sofitel Westlake Hangzhou / Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua / Enjoyor Hoteli
Ancient water towns are another symbol of Hangzhou. Today you will discover one of the most famous ancient water towns in China — Wuzhen Water Town, an elegant town like a traditional Chinese painting.
Before your cruise down the canals of the town, you will walk on the narrow lanes flanked by wooden buildings or the river banks. Many buildings were built in the Ming and the Qing dynasties (1368-1911) well-kept with decorative patterns on the wooden windows and doors, and stone carvings. The canals (including the record-breaking Hangzhou-Beijing Grand Canal) used to be an important mean of transportation, and many vendors traded with the residents on their boats.
Cruising down the canals of the town on a wooden boat, you can enjoy the elegant watery views of the town and see the local traditions and customs.
In two hours you will arrive at your Shanghai hotel, escorted by your Hangzhou guide and driver.
Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport. Your guide will assist you with your luggage and check in to ensure that you will have a stress-free departure. We trust that you have enjoyed your time in China and we look forward to serving you again. Have a pleasant flight home.
- The price is valid until March 31st, 2013.
- Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge.
- Tour price is indicative only, please inquire for a detailed quotation.
- More people more discounts.
Tour Length: 3 Days
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- Centrally Located Hotels
- Authentic Chinese Food
- Private Cars and Drivers
- Private Guides
- Airport Taxes and Fuel Fees
- Entrance Fees
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Luggage Transfers
- International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
- China Entry Visa Fees
- Excess Baggage Charges
- Personal Expenses
- Single Room Supplement.
Your Itinerary for our several days was perfect for us.Each of the sights were meaningful that we were taken too.It also pretty well matched what I had researched as sights to visit In Shanghai.We did take a couple walks near our hotel and enjoyed the ‘food market’ street that was a couple blocks away.
Ronald from the USA
Sara was totally delightful with a wonderful commentary in very good English. We really loved Shanghai and if we have the opportunity to visit again we will certainly be contacting you to arrange our tours. It was perfect from the time we were picked up from the airport to the time we were dropped off at the shipping terminal.
Rodney from Australia