This 5-day tour combines the vibrancy of "Oriental Paris" - Shanghai, and a traditional garden trip in Suzhou with the water paradise - Tongli Old Town. Have a real experience in Shanghai by public transport, feeling the mixture culture in Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, the Bund; linger in Charming gardens in Suzhou; boat in Tongli Water Town to sense the tenderness of southern China… With so many classic highlights, your tour will be absolutely unforgettable! 

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Your private guide will be waiting for you in the airport arrival hall and help you to take a Maglev Train from the airport to the Longyang Station, where you will meet your driver and be transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will set out together for a guided tour of Shanghai.

First you will head to the Shanghai Museum. It is widely recognized as one of the best collections of ancient art in China. The bronze collection is considered the best in the world, with other first-rate exhibits of sculpture, jade, calligraphy, painting, and Ming and Qing dynasty furniture and minority art.

Afterwards you will hop on the metro to visit the Former French Concession and Xintiandi. The Former French Concession area was established for the French population of Shanghai, resident from 1849 to 1946, and the leafy streets still retain a European air. Xintiandi is composed of an area of reconstituted traditional mid-19th century Shikumen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys, some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants, and shopping malls. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating.

After lunch you will explore the Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront area on the western bank of the Huangpu River. Originally a tow path for dragging rice barges into port, it slowly grew into the world financial center today. Your guide will take you into historical buildings and tell you stories about their past.

Finally, take metro to visit the Shanghai Tower. Take elevator up to the the highest building in Shanghai, you will see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower below you and get a bird's-eye view of the entire city.


  • The Acrobatics Show at night- It is not to be missed in Shanghai. Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts in China. Here you will see the amazing feats of balance and skill.

Meal: B, L

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the railway station for your high speed train journey to Suzhou. The city is well known for its resplendent gardens and beautiful scenery.

In Suzhou you will first visit the Humble Administrator's Garden. The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest and most renowned garden. Your guide will tell you the history and some stories of this traditional garden.

Visit the only remaining ancient city gate in China with both a lower water entrance and an upper land entrance - Pan Gate. It was built at a time when a canal moat surrounded Suzhou.

After lunch you can research silk products at No.1 Silk Factory, with a history of more than 80 years, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory enjoys a good reputation in the silk industry. The high-grade filature silk made in the factory has won the national gold medal.

Have a leisure walk along the Grand Canal, which is also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the earliest and the longest artificial river in the world. And take a small boat in Pingjiang River. Passing old houses and bridges, seeing local people washing clothes at the dock and enjoy sunshine by the river.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, drive about 30 minutes to visit a classic Chinese water town. Tongli Water Town is an age-old but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years. It’s a really wonderful travel destination with traditional architecture and bridges. Follow our guide and you will have a general idea of this captivating water-town.

After lunch you will be transferred to the Suzhou railway station for your high speed train back to Shanghai. Your Shanghai guide will be waiting for you and transfer you to hotel.

Meal: B, L

At the appropriate time today you will be collected from your hotel by your guide, and transferred to Shanghai Airport or train station for your next destination.

Meal: B

Service Ends.

Extend the Tour

Huangshan: it appeals to world travelers with Yellow Mountain and the picturesque Hongcun and Xidi villages. Add 2-4 days to Huangshan for hiking Yellow Mountain and unique culture experience.

Beijing: the dynasty capital of China, possessing numerous historical sites and ancient marvels. Extend your Shanghai tour to Beijing for another 3-5 days for world heritages: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Xi'an: the heart of ancient China, served as the capital of 13 ruling dynasties. Add 2-3 days to discover the highlights of Xi'an: Terracotta Army, Ancient City Wall, and Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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