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ZhouZhuang Water Town ZhouZhuang Water Town in Water Towns Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: From CNY 640   details 1 day As you request TCG-88 This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Taking in two of Shanghai's most picturesque water towns, you will see a lot of "old China" in one day outside the modern metropolis of Shanghai.

Zhouzhuang is one of the largest and most authentic water towns. While there you will experience a canal cruise, which is a relaxing way to drift along, take in the scenery and snap photographs. Tongli is one of the most authentic and picturesque water towns outside Shanghai.
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  • Meals: lunch
ZhouZhuang Water Town
ZhouZhuang Water Town
ZhouZhuang Canal Cruise
ZhouZhuang Canal Cruise
Tong Li Water Town
Tong Li Water Town
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Guests Cost per guests
1 ¥ 1,830
2 ¥ 1,100
3 ¥ 870
4 ¥ 740
5 ¥ 680
6 ¥ 680
7 ¥ 680
8 ¥ 640
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Tour code: TCG-88
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  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
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  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


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  • » Tips to your guide and driver
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ZhouZhuang Water Town   周庄

Zhouzhuang water town is larger than Tongli but equally atmospheric. It offers all the same activities, canal cruises, shopping and strolling through narrow alleyways.

You can enjoy a home cooked lunch along the canals or stop for a coffee or tea. Lots of narrow lanes and canals lend to its charm. A canal cruise is optional. Walking the canal banks can be just as rewarding since its nice to check out the shops and take photographs.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 3:00pm

ZhouZhuang Canal Cruise   周庄游船

Enjoy a relaxing canal cruise through the narrow waterways of ZhouZhuang. Rowed by an oarsman, you experience a traditional and ancient boat ride through an amazingly well preserved village.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 8:00pm

Tong Li Water Town   同里

Tongli Water Town is one of the hidden gems around Shanghai. Some might say it is more interesting than it's wealthier cousin Suzhou. It is small, pedestrianized and has village charm. While it receives a lot of tourists, it still has people living in it and the atmosphere has not been compromised.

You can enjoy a home cooked lunch along the canals or stop for a coffee or tea. Lots of narrow lanes and canals lend to its charm. A canal cruise is optional. Walking the canal banks can be just as rewarding since its nice to check out the shops and take photographs.

While there is a small hotel in Tongli with traditional style architecture, most visitors just pass through on their way between Shanghai and Suzhou. It is a convenient stop along the way.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:15pm

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai is the largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Shanghai is a modern city with a past linked to foreign occupation through World War II. The row of historic bank buildings on the Bund shows the architecture brought by foreigners when Shanghai was the banking capital of Asia. Now modern development in Pudong has changed the face of the city into a modern metropolis. Shanghai maintains some of its 1930's feel to it. Chinese people in Shanghai are more liberal and modern, being farther from Beijing. Foreigners living in Shanghai are there for business reasons, and thus Shanghai has more of a "New York" feel to it.

Water Towns 水乡

Located near Suzhou outside Shanghai, there are a number of traditional water towns each with their own traditional characteristics. Stroll down historic cobblestone streets, take a boat ride, browse little shops and see historic sights. Enjoy lunch or a drink in small local restaurants along the canals.

A water town can be a day trip from Shanghai, a bit over an hour drive each way, or as a stop between Shanghai and Suzhou.

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea and local beers. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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