Explore the Highlights of Shanghai and Suzhou
4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Culture Discover Tour
Explore the highlights of Shanghai and Suzhou with private transfer, go under the skin of the cities, discover the culture under the highlights. Including a hidden private poster collection, and explore mysterious night garden.
- Experience the luxury and elegance of the Bund by having an in-depth Bund Culture Discovery trip
- Peep at China’s political history through a private collection of posters
- Unveil the secret culture of night garden in Suzhou
- Enjoy a leisurely rickshaw ride in the ancient part of Suzhou, and say hi to local people
- Relax on a hand-rowing boat in Tongli Watertown
About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Wonderful Suzhou experience
We had another amazing tour with China Highlights. Cultural tour to Suzhou was so informative and fun with our amazing guide Mr Lin and our wonderful Wendy who brought us together. Many thanks to both of you! Looking forward to our next adventure. more
Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at airport arrivals. A comfortable private car (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to the hotel. Your guide will help you check-in. We take the stress out of travel, so you can enjoy China more.
Optional evening ideas
Nighttime on the Bund is beautiful, especially when the lights on. Taking the Huangpu River Cruise is one of the best way to enjoy both sides of the Bund. One side with old buildings and one side with skyscrapers.
- The first foreign building on the Bund was built in: 1851
- Number of heritage buildings remaining on the Bund: 22
- The first modern upmarket Bund restaurant, the M on the Bund, was opened in: 1999
- Approximate number of wooden piles supporting the Fairmont Peace Hotel: 1600
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
- Hidden in a residential area, this private collection offers a peep at China’s political history through posters.
- You will find that the posters capture the Chinese people’s most fantastic experiences during the Mao era.
After breakfast at hotel, have the In-Depth Bund Culture Discovery tour and trace back to the golden age of the Bund in the 1920s, experience the luxury and elegance of the Bund.
If you are a thrill-seeker, don't miss the highest landmark of Shanghai - the Shanghai Tower. Take the fastest elevator in the world, and have a bird's-eye view of the entire city of Shanghai.
Walk in the French Concession and learn about the colonial past of Shanghai, appreciating the elegant residences.
Soak yourself in the Propaganda Poster Art Centre, which recently became one of the top 15 things to do in Shanghai on TripAdvisor.
Immerse yourself in the posters, and your personal guide will help to satisfy your curiosity about communism.
Nets Master Garden
It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens and the most exquisite in design.
After the breakfast at hotel, enjoy a comfortable private transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou. The journey takes about 1½ hours.
Your first site of Suzhou will be the Lingering Garden, it will satisfy all your imagination of ancient China.
Take a rickshaw ride to explore the alleys of Suzhou, the most authentic place to peek Suzhou’s life. You will find food markets, ancient wells and might chat with tradesmen.
The rickshaw will take you to the Pingjiang Road, the main road in Song Dynasty (800 years ago), and now is still well-preserved.
In the afternoon you will visit Tiger Hill, which is famous for its bonsai garden. There you will see various of bonsai in different styles, and will have a chance to learn how it made.
After dinner, enjoy a night tour of Nets Master Garden. Explore such a lovely garden at night is totally different from during the day. Follow the step of the staff, and you will find amazing live traditional Chinese culture performance hidden in the pavilions.
After a western-style breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive 30 minutes to Tongli water town, often praised as the Venice of China. Take a small boat along the canal to see the old town. It's a great place for ancient architecture and traditional culture. Have lunch in a local Tongli restaurant.
After the visit in Tongli, we'll drive you back to Shanghai Pudong Airport and wave goodbye.
Customizing the Tour - According to Your Needs
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, and extend or shorten it to suit your schedule.
For example, you can add activities in the first day, or remove some attractions.
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy
It's permissible to stay within the administrative areas of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province, and Zhejiang Province for up to 144 hours. Contact us to know more.