14 Days 7 Hot Cities of East China & Water Town of Zhouzhuang (Beijing Start off)
Duration: 14 Days
- A seven-city trip to East China. If you are interested in visiting the east of China, this tour is made just for you! All major tourist cities in East China are included in this tour, in which you will enjoy the beauty of the three representitives of South China water towns - "small bridge, running stream and local family".
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- Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, All 3 Nights in Beijing
- Day 4, Day 5, All 2 Nights in Nanjing
- Day 6, Day 7, All 2 Nights in Yangzhou
- Day 8, All 1 Night in Wuxi
- Day 9, Day 10, All 2 Nights in Suzhou
- Day 11, All 1 Night in Hangzhou
- Day 12, Day 13, All 2 Nights in Shanghai
Upon arrival, your guide greets you at airport or railway station and escorts you to the hotel.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, the largest square of its kind in the world.
Then visit the Forbidden City to awe an emperor's life. It is the world's largest palace complex.
In the evening, enjoy the famous Roast Duck feast (fees included) which looks brilliantly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat.
A famous Chinese saying: "Not to Great Wall non-real man". Badaling Great Wall, the most representative part, was promoted as a key national cultural relic, protected under the approval of the State Council in 1961. Lacated in Yanqing County, over 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Beijing. You can either climb up the Great Wall or take a cable car at your own expense.
Proceed to the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved Chinese imperial garden. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the enchanting Lake Kunminghu.
Enjoy a trip back to the Hutong area by rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys and passages (rickshaw cruise included). Pay a visit to a traditional Chinese local family, learn more about Chinese culture by trying making Chinese food on your own. Then have lunch there.
Take a walk over the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) to hear the explanation about the different thresholds that mark the entry to the courtyard houses.
Explore the Temple of Heaven, the place for imperial rituals and worship. Then transfer to the airport for a flight to Nanjing (air ticket included).
Nanjing is most famous for the cultural remnants left behind by Nanjing's long and influential history as the capital of six dynasties, the Taiping Rebellion, and the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang). After arriving, we go straight to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free to spend how you please.
Morning visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Tomb. Sun Yat-sen (1866 - 1925) is recognized as the Father of Modern China. He led the revolutionists against the corrupt Qing Government resulting in the 1911 revolution which put an end to the feudal system.
Next, stop at Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, which is one of the biggest imperial tombs in China. Emperor Chengzu, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Queen Ma were buried there.
Last, travel to the Confucius Temple which is the best preserved temple of its kind in China. The area is great fun and a very pleasant place to walk around.
After breakfast, go to the Slender West Lake. Modeled after the much larger and more famous West Lake in Hangzhou, the Slender West Lake makes up in charm what it lacks in size. Winding through a stretch of park area, it is filled with water scenes and weeping willows.
Then go to the Heyuan Garden. Its maze of buildings and residences adapt some Western architectural styles, yet retain a nostalgic late Qing era feel.
Head for the Han Dynasty Tomb Museum. Constructed from precious timber, this grand-scaled tomb has a layout typical of a prince's tomb chamber.
Take a soft seat train to Wuxi.
In the morning, visit the Yuantouzhu. It is an islet stretching into the lake, whose shape is really like the head of a turtle protruding from the water. And it is the best place to view the beautiful Lake Taihu (cruise ticket included).
Make your way to the Liyuan Garden surrounded by water on three sides. You can see green hills in the distance and at close range the dike, long corridor and rock formations.
Take a soft seat train to Suzhou. Then drive to the Tiger Hill, Atop the hill stands Cloud Rock Pagoda (Yunyan Ta), which the Suzhounese love to compare to the Tower of Pisa. By climbing the hill, you will find a number of historical sites some of which can be traced back over 2500 years to the founding of Suzhou.
Then visit the Humble Administrator's Garden - one of the four famous gardens in Suzhou, a classical luxurious garden, regarded as the "mother of the world's gardens" due to its interesting islands, bamboo houses, pinaster hillock and curvy water.
Head for the Grand Canal, the longest man-made waterway in the world. Walking along the Grand Canal, you can experience the life of the locals. Famous local products include silk and Suzhou embroidery.
Drive to Zhouzhuang. Ancient Town of Zhouzhuang boasts all the beautiful features of South China's water towns. Zhouzhuang was even bestowed the title of number one waterside town in China by overseas press. Take a boat cruise (boat ticket not included) through Zhouzhuang and intimately experience the life of the local people. Drive back to Suzhou.
Today' morning is free and lunch will be to your satisfaction. In the afternoon, we take a soft seat train to Hangzhou. Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists.
Start the tour in Hangzhou by cruising on the West Lake (cruise ticket included), the symbol of Hangzhou. It's one of the most famed tourist attractions in China. The islets and temples, pavilions and gardens, causeways and arched bridges of this jade-like lake constitute the supreme example of lakeside beauty in China.
Move to the Red Carp Pond. It is the heart of viewing fish at Flower Harbor Park, one of the ten places of interests at West Lake. Countless carps live and play in Red Carp Pond.
Then move to the Lingyin Temple, one of the most prestigious Buddhist temples in China. Its highlight is the Great Hall with its 65 foot camphor-wood statue of the Buddha. Appreciate Feilaifeng Peak with its quaint photogenic scenery.
Take a soft seat train to Shanghai.
After breakfast, drive to the Shanghai Museum, the exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land.
Explore the Town God Temple (Chenghuangmiao), a Taoist Temple. The street is also known as Old Chenghuangmiao, where you cannot miss typical Shanghai snacks such as steamed stuffed buns.
Then, arrive at Yuyuan Garden, which has the exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of Chinese private gardens.
Have a look around the bustling shopping district of Nanjing Road. Walk along The Bund and enjoy the view of Huangpu River, the Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles, which have been regarded as some of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.
The next stop is Oriental Pearl TV Tower for its marvelous exterior appearance, the landmark of Shanghai.
Ramble around the spectacular People's Square located in the heart of the city. Strolling along Xintiandi Area, which was built and re-orgnized on the basis of Shanghai's unqiue characteristics-Shikumen architectural structures, is well-known as a new stylish pedestrain street for Cuisines, Commerce, Entertainment and Culture tourism spot.
Transfer to Shanghai airport or railway station to prepare for your departure.
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Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person (guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person (guest) per day.
1 Your length of stay in part or all cities listed in our itineraries can be adjusted on line; but the extra charge is not included in the original charge.
2 Generally speaking, these excluded lunch and dinner in our itineraries are optional; the price is according to the group size; but may we have your attention on following point: tips to local guide and driver are must remuneration if you prefer to self-catering.
3 We offer hotel upgrade service but extra charge to the hotel is at your own.
• Airport or hotel pick-up and drop-off service in cities listed in the itinerary.
• Private English-speaking tour guide, driver and car service as indicated in the itinerary.
• The admission tickets for scenic spots listed in the itinerary.
• Service charge and government Taxes.
• The air ticket of economic class, taxes and dues for the flight from Beijing to Nanjing.
• Thirteen-night hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
• Meal: Roast Duck.
• International flight tickets or train tickets.
• Hotel room single room supplement.
• Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
• Tips to local tour guide and driver.
• Estimated group surcharges for excess baggage.
• Fees for entry visa to China.
• Cable car, sightseeing bus and cruise are not included unless explained specially.
• Meals (L & D) not listed in the itinerary.
Cancellation and refund policy for Tours reservation
If you want to cancel your booking or part of it, you must advise us in advance. The letter must be signed by the lead name on the booking and once we receive it you should expect to receive a cancellation letter within 24 hours. If you do not then please contact us to ensure your letter has been received.
To cover the cost of processing your cancellation and to compensate us for the risk that we may not be able to resell your travel arrangements, we make a cancellation charge on the scale shown below. The person who made the booking is responsible for paying this charge. The size of the charge depends on when we receive your cancellation notice or letter or how you would like us to deal with your payment providing that we have received your full payment for the tours.
No Cancellation Fees if written cancellation notice is received more than 30 days prior to tour departure!
Cancellation in advance & Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days, no Cancellation Fee
30-10 days, 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show, 100% of the full payment
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