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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Chinese Gardens and Water Towns By RailTour Name:         Chinese Gardens and Water Towns By Rail
Tour Code:          M95D280
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou
Features:            East China has the best preserved classic Chinese Gardens and ancient Water Towns. This meticulously designed tour takes you from Shanghai to Suzhou and Hangzhou by bullet trains to enjoy the delicacies of the harmonious blending of artistic elements and natural beauties.
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Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

The Bund Hotel



Full day visit Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower. B, L

The Bund Hotel


Shanghai - Suzhou

Transferred to railway station and take bullet train to Suzhou. On arrival Suzhu, met with and visit Humble Administrators Garden, The Grand Canal By Boat, Tiger Hill, a special Rickshaw Tour through the old part of Suzhou, and No.1 Silk Factory. B, L

Holiday Inn Jasmine



A day excursion to ancient Water Town - Zhouzhuang, return to Suzhou and visit the Lingering Garden. B, L

Holiday Inn Jasmine


 Suzhou - Huangshan

Transfer to railway station and take bullet train to Hangzhou, upon arrival Hangzhou visit West Lake (including the Island on the lake), Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Village and Tea Plantation.  B, L

Merchant Marco Hotel


Hangzhou - Wuzhen

Take a day trip to ancient water town Wuzhen including a boat tour. B, L Tong An Hotel


Wuzhen - Shanghai

Transferred back Hangzhou and take bullet train back to Shanghai. Transferred to hotel in Shanghai. B, L

The Bund Hotel



Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Shanghai
Today you arrive in Shanghai. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Shanghai (B, L)The Bund,Shanghai,China
You have a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. You will have a walking at the Bund. The Bund is without question one of the most popular Shanghai attractions. This waterfront area, which runs for about a mile along the Huangpu River, forms the easternmost boundary of Old Shanghai, and here you can gaze at buildings of various architectural styles. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.

Day03 Shanghai - Suzhou (B, L)Grand Canal,Suzhou,China
This morning you will be transferred to railway station and take a bullet train to Suzhou (soft seat). Upon arrival Suzhou you will be met and visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four famous gardens in China. The garden's scenery is focused on a central pond with various buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located by the water or on hillocks in a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition. The garden is most representative of Chinese classical gardens in the Ming Dynasty. It was laid out in 1513 by the censor, Wang Xiancheng, after his retirement from political life. Then you will take a cruise on the Grand Canal that ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. After that you will visit the Tiger Hill and the No.1 Silk Factory. The Tiger Hill has been the favorite place for poets, writers and painters in various times. The hill is moderate height but has large number of historical relics. The 1000- year- old leaning pagoda atop is looked upon as the landmark of Suzhou. You will also a special Rickshaw Tour in the old part of Suzhou. Being driven through the old streets and Hutongs of Suzhou, you will see local people's life.

Day04 Suzhou (B, L)Zhouzhuang Water Town,Suzhou
Today you will take a side trip to Zhouzhuang, the leading water town in China. Zhouzhuang is nestled by water on four sides, and has crisscrossed rivers. Therefore the only means of transportation in the town is boat, and the locals are used to go out by boat no matter the destinations is far or near. Known as a collection of beauty of China's water town, Zhouzhuang, like a lotus on the water, is surrounded by rivers as Nanbeichi, Houxiang, Youcheyang and Zhongshi. There are many bridges as well, the most famous being Yong'an and Shide, alias Double Bridge, from which many artists have drawn inspiration, including the eminent painter Chen Yifei. Sitting on a boat, you may be carried away by the quiet and beautiful scene. At night when all streets are empty, you catch a glimpse of dim lights down the narrow lanes. Occasionally, the sweet peace is punctuated by the distant sound of laughter, and a harmonious environment is created - both fragrant and tasteful. Before dusk, you will return to the hotel in Suzhou.

Day05 Suzhou - Hangzhou (B, L)West Lake,Hangzhou,China
Take a bullet train to Hangzhou. On arrival Hangzhou you will commence your day tour. Tours in Hangzhou includes Lingyin Temple, West Lake, and Meijiawu Tea Plantation. Lingyin Temple is without doubt a premier showpiece in the West Lake environs and is notable also as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China. The presence of a temple on this site can be traced back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420AD) when, according to local legend, Huili an Indian monk came to the area where he was inspired by the spiritual nature of the scenery to be found here. West Lake is a large freshwater lake, bordered on three sides by hills. Its banks and islands are blanketed with small gardens and temples. It made Hangzhou City a very beautiful place to live in China. As an old Chinese saying declares, "in heaven there is paradise, on earth Suzhou and Hangzhou". A visit to Fairy Island is worth it to see on of the Ten Best Views of West Lake - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. After that you will proceed to visit the Meijiawu Tea Plantation. Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it is famous for its tea production. Everybody will feel relax in such a natural environment, enjoy the special tea culture and the beauty there.

Day06 Hangzhou - Wuzhen (B, L)Wuzhen,Hangzhou,China
After breakfast you will proceed to Wuzhen (about 75km distance from Hangzhou), where you can pay a visit to Jiangnan Hundred Beds Showroom, Indigo-Blue Printed Calico Workshop, Mr.Yu Liuliang's Coin Display Room, Shadow-puppet Theatre, Ancient Stage, Pawn Museum, Visiting Lu Pavilion, etc. You will also take a boat tour in Wuzhen. Wuzhen displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. Also, setting it apart from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background.

Day07 Wuzhen - Hangzhou - Shanghai (B, L)West Lake Hangzhou
You will be transferred back Hangzhou to take your bullet train back to Shanghai. Upon arrival Shanghai, met with and transferred to your hotel. Free at own leisure the balance of day.

Day08 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your East China Tour by rail.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.


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