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Nanjing RoadNanjing Road in Shanghai Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 4 Days As you request TCG-237 We pick you up at the Shanghai airport according to your flight arrival schedule and you are transferred to your hotel. We include a five star hotel located north of the Bund which we think is a good value for money. If you prefer to book your own hotel or select another, just let us know. You can take the tour without the hotel if you wish.

Our two day tour covers the highlights of Shanghai, Suzhou and the Tongli water town. As with all our tours we feature a no commission shopping policy, give you great Chinese cuisine in local restaurants and have no hidden costs.

We can customize this tour to suit you needs. Also if you have other friends who want to join the group we can arrange airport pickups for them as well at the time needed.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
day 2
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
  • Optional: Shanghai Acrobat show, ask your agent for details.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
People's Square
People's Square
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
The Bund
The Bund
day 3
  • Drive to Water Towns
  • Tong Li Water Town Read more about Tong Li Water Town  narrow lanes and canals, one of the hidden gems around Shanghai
  • TongLi Canal Cruise Read more about TongLi Canal Cruise a relaxing canal cruise through Tongli's narrow waterways
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese style meal, can eat beside a canal weather allowing
  • Drive to Suzhou
  • Humble Administrator's Garden Read more about Humble Administrator's Garden The largest classical garden in Suzhou and generally thought to be the most beautiful in Southeastern China. Great place for kids and first thing in the day
  • The Silk Museum Read more about The Silk Museum history and production techniques involved in making silk
  • Pingjiang Street Read more about Pingjiang Street One of the original main streets of Suzhou running along a narrow canal and lined with shops, restaurants and teahouses. Go punting, sip tea, shop or wander
  • Drive to Shanghai
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Tong Li Water Town
Tong Li Water Town
TongLi Canal Cruise
TongLi Canal Cruise
Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Silk Museum
The Silk Museum
Pingjiang Street
Pingjiang Street
day 4
  • Drop-off at the Shanghai port
  • Meals: breakfast
  • We will drive you from your hotel to your cruise ship at the time which suits your schedule. You can enjoy some free time in Shanghai to shop or see more sights. If you would like us to add more activities on this day then let our agent know.
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Tour code: TCG-237
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

All tours are billed in Chinese CNY. Prices in currencies other than Chinese CNY are displayed for reference only. The exchange rates are subject to daily change.
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  • Let us modify the tour's itinerary for free and with no-obligation to suit your needs. We can change the activities, add or change hotel rooms, flights or trains as you wish.

  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

  • Read more about why choose The China Guide as your travel agency and meet our travel agents.
  • Included in the tour price
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


  • For tour booking terms & conditions, please review our company policies.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower   东方明珠

Completed in 1994, it was the tallest structure in China until 2007. A long standing symbol of China, its viewing platforms offer a great view of the Bund and surrounding Pudong. Its advantage compared with some other higher buildings with viewing platforms is you are not too high up so can still see a lot of detail on the ground and the Bund. The tower also houses an interesting and fun museum detailing Shanghai's history.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 10:00pm with last admission at 9:30pm

Yuyuan Garden   豫园

Yuyuan Garden gives visitors a preview of what they will see if they visit the historic gardens of Suzhou. Finely cultivated with an eye for style and detail rarely seen in modern gardens, Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful retreat from the crowded city streets. It can get a bit crowded inside the garden lanes itself when tour groups go through, but there are lots of little areas where you can retreat to a corner if you want.

Outside the garden itself are hundreds of shops and stalls selling tourist souveniers. The area also hosts quite a few restaurants where you can find a decent lunch, and even a Starbucks and a Häagen-Dazs if you need some western comfort food or drinks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)   上海博物馆

One of China's best museums, this one is popular with tourists. Five floors of artifacts are labeled in English and its possible to get a guided audio tour in various languages.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

People's Square   人民广场

People’s Square is situated in the bustling heart of Shanghai and is the largest open public space in Shanghai. The square was once a horse racing course owned by the Shanghai Race Club, however after the establishment of the Republic of China in 1949, gambling was banned and the area was transformed into a hub of cultural activity. The square is now home to the Shanghai Museum, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Nanjing Road   南京路

Starting at the Bund and going to People's Square, Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most famous shopping street. Much of it is a wide pedestrian street where you can stroll, shop or dine. Colorful by day or night, its popular with tourists for a stroll.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

The Bund   外滩

A must see on every tour itinerary to Shanghai, the Bund is the historic row of banks built before World War II by the major foreign powers at the time. Situated on the banks of the Huangpu River the Bund has a long pedestrian riverside promenade which both Chinese and foreign tourists like to stroll for the panoramic view and people watching. Most of the buildings still stand in their original style and some are even used as banks again, others trendy shops, restaurants and offices.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

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

TongLi Canal Cruise   同里游船

Enjoy a relaxing canal cruise through the narrow waterways of Tongli. You may even see Cormorants catching fish. 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:
8:30am - 5:15pm

Humble Administrator's Garden   拙政园

This, the largest garden in Suzhou at nearly 52,000sqm, is one of the most flowing and beautiful classical Chinese gardens in all Eastern China. A garden was first built on this site in the 1100's. Since then it has been modified, destroyed, rebuilt and changed ownership many times. The Chinese government brought all the parts back together again in 1949 and opened it to the public. It has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status since 1997.

The grounds and flowing waterways are lovely any time of the year, but mid April thru May is when the flowering trees are most in bloom. It is a great place for children, but peace and serenity only abide before the crowds and megaphones join the flow from 10AM. Keep in mind that the beautiful carved stone steps and paths are not pushchair or wheelchair friendly and allow yourself a good 2 hours to meander through all the elements.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:30am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

The Silk Museum   丝绸博物馆

The Suzhou Silk Museum shows the history and production techniques involved in making silk. You can see live silkworms eating mulberry leaves and a demonstration of silk weaving. There is a shop attached to the museum should you be interested although it is not cheap.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Pingjiang Street   平江街

Pingjiang Street is found on Suzhou maps as far back as the Song Dynasty (960-1279). This narrow flagstone street and the lanes extending from it are lined with old-style architecture, housing shops, teahouses, hotels and homes depicting life before motor vehicles. You can shop here for quality handicrafts, clothes and other items, or sit sipping tea enjoying a Pingtan performance of ballads and storytelling. While-away an hour punting along the narrow canal that runs parallel, gliding beneath arched stone bridges and past white washed homes featured in many a Chinese painting. Or simply wander through the quarter watching local life go on. There are restaurants serving delicious Suzhou dishes and pastries and the lights lit at night along the canal increase its romantic atmosphere. It is a wonderful mix of the antiquated and the modern, worth a couple of hours plus a canal cruise.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

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.

Suzhou 苏州

Suzhou is one of the largest and most prosperous industrial cities in China now. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations with its over 1000 year old history leaving a legacy of UNESCO heritage listed traditional Chinese gardens, romantic canals with arched stone bridges, pagodas and temples dotted amongst the modern city elements. It is a great one or two day tour outside of Shanghai being just 1.5 hours by car or 25 minutes on the high speed train.

Sunrise On The Bund Hotel   外滩浦华大酒店
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Located north of the Bund this hotel offers a great view of the river and the sunrise on the Bund, as per its name. We like it for its quality as a local five star hotel and it offers good value for money.
Located just north of Suzhou Creek you can stroll the neighborhoods in from the river and find many local shops and restaurants. Its a fun area just to stroll and explore.

Breakfast

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, local bottled water and Chinese tea. 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.

Dinner on Tour

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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