Majestic Landscapes Route

Destination: Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuzhen, Hangzhou

Go Tour China - Let us guide you through our China

Shanghai - Suzhou - Nanjing - Wuzhen - Hangzhou

 

Go Tour China - Let us guide you through our China

Majestic Landscapes Route

Tour Code:GR-516
Tour Type:Circular Tour
Destination: Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuzhen, Hangzhou
Duration: Optional
Departure Date:Guaranteed departure whole year-round
Meals: Self Catering
Accommodation: above 4 star hotels with buffet breakfast

Tour Itinerary

Sunday
Shanghai
100 KM
Suzhou

Your day starts at the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone located in the Pudong District, south of the Huangpu River with a walking tour amid the skyscrapers before catching a lift to the top of the 492 meters high World Financial Center to enjoy breathless views of Shanghai City.

At noon we taste a selection of local Shanghai snacks while wandering into the little Chinese craft markets in Shanghai Old Street. After we will transfer to Suzhou.

In the afternoon, we will visit Lion Grove Garden. With seven distinct Chinese garden styles, it is a truly great example of the variation that exists in classical garden architecture. The total garden covers an area of about 10,000 square meters (two and a half acres!) and is known to be frequented by Qianlong Emperor on multiple occasions during his reign. After our garden walk, we have time to explore the nearby Guanqian Street, an old ‘walking’ street with a history of more than 1300 years. On the street you can discover ten ancient temples, countless restaurants and neon-lit shops, including famous century-old shops such as Huangtianyuan, Sanwanchang, Caizhizhai who give a historical legacy to this street, not your typical high street, it is an illustrative example of Suzhou traditional culture.

Monday
Suzhou
220 KM
Nanjing

We start early with a trip to Tiger Hill, also dubbed the “Oriental Tower of Pisa” this hill resembles a crouching tiger. Beautiful nature scenes with historical calligraphy cannot be missed. Do look out for the Sword-testing Rock: a rock divided in two pieces that was supposedly split by a legendary sword of extraordinary sharpness. After this hike, we will head to Shantang Street to enjoy a spot of leisure time. Shantang Street is a picturesque example of Venice in China with narrow canals, elegant bridges, cobbled street stones and imperial architecture. Savour the delicious fried dumplings from the many street stalls. After lunch, we will transfer to Nanjing, one of four great ancient capitals of China.

Nightfall is the most beautiful moment to see the Confucius Temple and Qinghuai River which flows in front of it. A great landmark for visitors paying their respect to the great Confucius, most respected Chinese philosopher. There are two must-see objects found in the inner hall. One is the largest statue of Confucius; the other, a beautiful collection of 38 vivid panels inlayed with jade, gold and silver which show the life of Confucius.

Optional Activity

Take a cruise ship along the Qinghuai River during the night, enjoying the scenes of pavilions and towers on the riverbanks

Tuesday
Nanjing

After breakfast our guide will escort you to visit the Presidential Palace which housed the Office of the President of the Republic of China from 1927 until in 1949 the republic was relocated to Taiwan. Now the building functions as the China Modern History Museum.

After lunch, we continue to walk to the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, where the tomb of Hongwu Emperor and founder of the Ming Dynasty is housed. Next stop is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Mausoleum, a national symbol to one of the Founders of modern day China.

Wednesday
Nanjing
255KM
Wuzhen

After breakfast, we transfer to Wuzhen. In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Wuzhen East Scenic Zone. Wandering along the riverside or strolling down the lanes paved with blue flagstones, you will be amazed by the beautiful scenery and relaxing lifestyle. The Wuzhen West Scenic Zoneis very famous and fascinating at night for the beautifully lighting and architectural features and bridges. The streets of West Area are lined with guest houses, restaurants, bars, and souvenir and arts and crafts shops, so plenty to do for leisure and relaxation.

Optional Activity

Take a cruise ship in Wuzhen West Scenic Zone to experience the unearthly beauty of Jiangnan Watertown.

Thursday
Wuzhen
80KM
Hangzhou

Today we visit Hangzhou, a city described by Marco Polo as the finest and most luxurious city in the world. Hangzhou is the capital of China’s Zhejiang province. The beautiful West Lake panoramas have an inspiration to Chinese classical poets and painters since as early as the 9th century.

We enjoy some free time on Qinghefang Street, one of the most flourishing street in the city since the Southern Song Dynasty . Go inside one of the old Chinese pharmacies or enjoy a cup of tea in the fancy parlours down the street. The unique four-corner buildings have been carefully restored and protected by the government of Shangcheng District.

The highlight of today’s tour is Xixi National Wetland Park. Very different to West Lake, this park offers a variety of ecosystems and features an urban water village with a silkworm feeding and production industry; take a peek inside the vibrant wildlife, XiXi Wetland has to offer with more than 1,800 years of natural co-existence.

Friday
Hangzhou

Our Tour is not complete without a special focus on Chinese tea culture. Hangzhou has the first and only Chinese Tea Museum. Here, you could learn about the history of tea production, tea culture as well as try various tea varieties from the adjacent tea garden.

After lunch, we will transfer to West Lake, the absolute highlight for Hangzhou visitors. We continue on water to experience "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon", a view so famously beautiful it has been printed on the 1 RMB note. The three pools refer to the three pear-shaped pagodas arranged in a triangle in the water as built by the poet Su Shi. Our visit ends with a leisurely stroll through the gardens.

Optional Activity

Attend "Impressions of the West Lake"-theatre show to laugh and cry about the touching love story between Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian at the West Lake.

Saturday
Hangzhou
176KM
Shanghai

After our breakfast, we depart back to Shanghai where we arrive in the afternoon. Our first stop is The Bund, an eclectic mix of brutalist architecture and international skyscrapers. Join the unforgettable Huangpu River Cruise to truly experience the history of the ever-changing Shanghai skyline.

Optional Activity

Book your seat at the famous acrobatic show to truly value the slapstick comedy of local Chinese performers.