Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou Triangle

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Huangpu River CruiseHuangpu River Cruise in Shanghai Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 7 Days As you request TCG-4093 This tour includes all of the major destinations along the Yangtze River Delta. Your trip will start and end at Shanghai's Pudong Airport.

The river running through the center of Shanghai is more than just a pretty sight. The name ‘The Bund’ refers to the historic row of banks built before World War II by the foreign powers of the time. On the opposite side of the river is Pudong district, with futuristic high-rise buildings as far as the eye can see.

The Jade Buddha temple is one of our favorite destinations in Shanghai. There, you can find all the colors, sights and smells you would expect from a visit to Asia.

After hopping around all of Shanghai’s major sights you will head over to Suzhou, where you will visit a breathtaking traditional garden, stopped by a trip to the atmospheric Tongli Water Town.

Taking a one-hour bullet train, your next stop is Hangzhou. You will take in the views from the Six Harmonies Pagoda, explore Hefang Old Street, watch an incredible light show set on the gorgeous West Lake, also stroll between the tea terraces and drink the famous Chinese green tea.

You will travel Suzhou to Hangzhou by train and be collected from each train station by a local guide. The trains are clean, modern and new, but we can arrange an alternative method of transport if you prefer! We will tailor-make your itinerary to suit all your needs, simply talk to one of our agents.
day 1
  • Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
  • Check into your hotel
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
Pick up from the Shanghai Pudong airport
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Shanghai Old Street
Shanghai Old Street
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
People's Square
People's Square
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
The Shanghai Museum (at People's Square)
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
The Bund
The Bund
Huangpu River Cruise
Huangpu River Cruise
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Liujiazui New Area
Liujiazui New Area
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
day 4
  • 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
  • Tiger Hill Read more about Tiger Hill “It is a lifelong pity if you visit Suzhou and don’t visit Tiger Hill”- Su Shi
  • 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
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Tong Li Water Town
Tong Li Water Town
TongLi Canal Cruise
TongLi Canal Cruise
Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill
Pingjiang Street
Pingjiang Street
day 5
  • 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
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese Style Standard
  • Drop-off at the Suzhou Train Station
  • Take the train to Hangzhou 2nd class seat
  • Pick up from the Hangzhou Train Station
  • Cruise on West Lake Read more about Cruise on West Lake scenic escape from the busy city
  • Impression West Lake Show Read more about Impression West Lake Show staged entirely upon the lake itself
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: lunch
Humble Administrator's Garden
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Silk Museum
The Silk Museum
Cruise on West Lake
Cruise on West Lake
Pick up from the Hangzhou Train Station
Pick up from the Hangzhou Train Station
Impression West Lake Show
Impression West Lake Show
day 6
  • Meals: lunch
Hefang Old Street
Hefang Old Street
Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
Lingyin Temple
Lingyin Temple
Jiuxi Scenic Trail
Jiuxi Scenic Trail
day 7
  • Drop-off at the Hangzhou airport
Drop-off at the Hangzhou airport
Drop-off at the Hangzhou airport
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Tour code: TCG-4093
  • » 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.

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  • » 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.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » 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 as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • 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)


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Shanghai Old Street  

Shanghai "Old" Street is actually a completely new reproduction and contains many tourist shops full of souvenirs and little dumpling shops. Not great and not bad, its easy to see on your way to Yuyuan Garden since its right next to it.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

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

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

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

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

Huangpu River Cruise   黄浦江游轮

Take a 45 minute cruise on the Huangpu river and get a view of Shanghai from the water. A peaceful way to relax and see the city from a different angle. Good by daylight or in the evening.

The Huangpu River is the largest river in Shanghai, with Suzhou Creek being its major tributary. It is an average of 400 meters wide and 9 meters deep. It divides the city into two regions: Pudong (new area) to its east and Puxi (old area) to the west. Shanghai gets most of its drinking water from the Huangpu.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 10:00pm

Jade Buddha Temple   玉佛寺

The Jade Buddha Temple is an active Buddhist temple, so when you visit you are likely to see local Chinese burning incense and praying. This makes it particularly interesting because it is not simply historic, it is a living, active Buddhist temple.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm with last admission at 3:30pm

Rockbund Art Museum  

The Rockbund Art Museum is a contemporary art space with no permanent collection. The building, in Art Deco style, was restored by British architect David Chipperfield.

Tianzifang / Old French Concession   田子坊

Tianzifang is a historical area of traditional alleys and shikumen homes with over 200 diverse small businesses including cafes, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores and studios.

Even with all the businesses selling souvenirs, the area does not have the look of having been overly developed. It is distinctly different from Xintiandi, another redevelopment in the vicinity, in that it has managed to preserve its residential feel, adding to its appeal.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.6

Liujiazui New Area   陆家嘴新区

Common on a lot of tour itineraries, it is really an area you pass through than something specific to see. It is the new business district on the Pudong side of the Huangpu river. You can see it on your way to one of the tall buildings to catch the view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

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

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

Tiger Hill   虎丘

The pretty, scenic viewing spot of Tiger Hill is so named for its natural resemblance to a crouching tiger, providing a green and pleasant environment to explore local landmarks and discover fascinating Chinese fables. For example, treasured swords of mighty Kings are said to be buried beneath the sunken Sword Pond. Be sure to visit the famous leaning Tiger Hill Pagoda, perched at the top of hill that is compared to (but predates and is built higher than) the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
7:30am - 6:00pm with last admission at 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

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

Cruise on West Lake   西湖游船

A cruise on West Lake is a relaxing, scenic escape from the busy city of Hangzhou. Lots of opportunities for photographers to get some classical Chinese scenes in their lenses. Those not taking photos can take in the scene.

While the lake itself is vast the cruise takes you through narrow canals and bridges so the land is close and you can see everything more clearly. Its common to see Chinese people getting their wedding photographs done at the waters edge. These photos are done long before the big day and are displayed at the wedding.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Impression West Lake Show   印象西湖

Using the lake and its surroundings as props, lots of lights and hundreds of actors create a dazzling performance. Film director Zhang Yimou, who developed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing has produced Impression West Lake. Similar performances are staged in Yangshuo and Lijiang.

Staged entirely upon the lake itself (a stage has been built 3 centimeters below the surface), Impression West Lake is a performance of light, music, dance and theater. Drawing on classical myths and legends of West Lake, the show follows a thousand-year dream.

A special auditorium and state of the art sound system make the performance easy to see and hear. If you are looking for a special evening activity this is highly recommended.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
7:45pm - 8:55pm with last admission at 9:15pm

Hefang Old Street   河坊街

A pleasant, traditional style shopping area offering souvenirs, tea and snacks. The main street can be crowded at times, so visitors should try to veer off towards the side streets where beautiful cafes and boutiques can be found amidst ancient tea shops and antique vendors.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum   胡庆余堂中医药博物馆

The southern-Chinese medicine house of Hu Qing Yu is a commercial establishment still in its original traditional style. It is now open as a museum which visitors can walk through and see a view into the past.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00am with last admission at 4:00am

Lingyin Temple   飞来峰&灵隐寺

A great Buddhist temple well worth visiting and lingering in its midst. Its a living artifact of Buddhism in China and many Chinese come to pray and burn incense. The woods and surrounding rocks cover a large area and make you feel a sense of space in this spiritual setting. Buddhas are carved into rocks in the hillside. The temple itself is huge and the halls inside it are beautifully painted and decorated. Outside fires of incense burn, sending their scent into the wind all around the temple. The smoke gives a mist to the foreground. Come to the temple, relax, take photos and linger.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 5:20pm with last admission at 4:50pm

Jiuxi Scenic Trail  

This easy trail from Longjing Village through the Jiuxi Scenic Area is a delightful respite from the city. The path crosses a number of creeks and waterfalls making it a fun activity for hot summer days.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3

Drive through Meijiawu Tea Village   梅家坞茶园

Meijiawu is located in the hills just west of Hangzhou. Particularly famous for its Longjing tea, this village is home to 160 farming units which are still producing tea yearly.

Meijiawu village is a great place to try Hangzhou's famous farmer's cuisine. We recommend stopping here for lunch in one of the outdoor restaurants. It's a great respite from the city.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai, China’s largest city, visually and culturally represents the relationship between China and the West. Although that history may be tainted with war and oppression, the results of this arrangement can be seen in the architecture and local culture of this city. An example of this is the qipao (cheongsam), the tight-fitting Chinese dress we are all familiar with. Its modern form was born in Shanghai, influenced by Western styles, and it exhibited a new fashionable style of clothing for local Chinese. Many Chinese today still view Shanghaies as displaying more cultural openness and as having experienced globalization on a greater scale.

Architecturally, The Bund is a visually impressive example of the aforementioned West’s interaction with China. On one side of the Huangpu River are old and beautiful colonial buildings, including great consulates and exquisite hotels. At night, gazing across the river to the...   Read more

Water Towns 水乡

There are a number of traditional water towns around Suzhou and Shanghai, each with their own traditional characteristics. Popular towns include Tongli, Zhouzhuang, and Zhujiajiao. Stroll down historic cobbled streets, take a boat ride, browse little shops, and see historic sights. Enjoy lunch or a drink in small local restaurants along the canals.

Most of the water towns can be seen as a day trip from Shanghai, or as a stop between Shanghai and Suzhou.

Suzhou 苏州

Today, Suzhou is one of the largest and most prosperous industrial cities in China. It is also one of China’s most popular tourist destinations full of UNESCO World Heritage listed traditional Chinese gardens, romantic canals with arched stone bridges, pagodas and temples dotted amongst the modern city elements. It makes a great one or two day tour outside of Shanghai, being just one and a half hours by car or 25 minutes on the high speed train.

Suzhou is best known for its meticulously manicured gardens such as the Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, and Garden of the Master-of-the-Nets. Prepare to be whisked away from the noise and chaos of the city to the peaceful symbolic life of the traditional Chinese garden. A drift along the old canal-ways past Shantang Old Street to Tiger Hill, under arched stone bridges and white-washed homes busy with local life, lends a romantic air to a step back in time. A...   Read more

Hangzhou 杭州

Famous for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. Marco Polo is said to have passed Hangzhou, calling it "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world". With a population of over 9 million, it is the capital of Zhejiang province and the local political, economic and cultural center. Situated at the southern end of the Grand Canal, Hangzhou thrived during the Ming and Qing dynasties, becoming the home of many wealthy merchants and artistic patrons. Some of the elaborate residences they built still stand today.

These wealthy, cultured elites helped create Hangzhou’s famously refined cuisine. Hangzhou cuisine is characterized by freshness, light sweetness, and complicated technique, and often incorporates ingredients from West Lake and the many other bodies of water surrounding the city. Many dishes incorporate Hangzhou’s other most famous export:...   Read more

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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