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12 Days Tour of Classical Gardens &Ancient Water Town

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Visiting: Shanghai/Huangshan/Suzhou/Zhouzhuang/Hangzhou/Beijing

Attractions:

12 Days Tour of Classical Gardens &Ancient Water Town

Experience the unique eastern China life style and landscape.

Visit Shanghai Museum to experience the changes of history.

Feel the atmosphere of Water Village in Zhouzhuang

Enjoy the beautiful design of Chinese gardens in Suzhou

Day 1

Destinations: Arrival in Shanghai

Today's Activities:When your flight arrives in Shanghai today, you will find our tour guide is expecting you outside the customs of the airport after your baggage reclaiming and customs clearance. We will transfer you to the reserved hotel in downtown area and help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to explore Shanghai City.

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Day 2

Destinations: Shanghai

Today's Activities:In the morning, you will visit one of the best museums in China, Shanghai Museum, where you can see vast storage of historical items like bronze ware, chinaware, Chinese paintings and famous calligraphy works. Then go to the Yuyuan Garden, one of the best-known gardens in China. In this classical garden of southern Yangtze River, unique artificial hills, clear ponds, winding corridors and delicate pavilions are all arranged in a harmonious and compact layout. After lunch, you will go to the Bund and take a short Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy remarkable scene along the river. On the east bank, rows of huge mansions show the modern Shanghai, while on the west bank, the old-style western buildings tell you the vicissitudes of old Shanghai in the past 100 years. You will have some free time to explore the Bund area on your own after disembarking. Tonight, an a la carte welcome dinner of authentic Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine will be served at a famous local restaurant. The memorable dinner will be followed by the fantastic Portman Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre.

Meals: Lunch&Dinner

Day 3

Destinations: Shanghai-Huangshan

Today's Activities:We remain the whole morning free for to explore the city. You could go to visit the famous Nanjing Road where you may do some shopping, or go to Pudong area to appreciate the 468-meter-high Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It will take you sometime to wait in line for the elevator to the Viewing Platform, where you can obtain the full view of Shanghai city. In the afternoon, our guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Huangshan. Upon your arrival at Huangshan, our local guide will meet you outside the Baggage Claim Area of the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Huangshan city.

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Day 4

Destinations: Huangshan

Today's Activities:After breakfast, you will check out the hotel since we will drive you to the No.1 Mountain under Heaven, the famous Huangshan Mountain. We suggest you leave your heavy luggage at the concierge of the hotel in Huangshan city and prepare a backpack with necessary items to take with you on the mountain. Huangshan Mountain is noted for the unique pines, grotesque rocks, dreamlike cloud sea and gurgling hot springs. While taking the cable car to the mountain, you will find yourself among magnificent scenery. Upon arrival at the terminal of the cable car, you still need to walk along the winding path and steps for a distance before getting to the hotel. Enjoy the view of the Beginning-to-Believe Peak, the Peach Blossom Valley, the Lion Peak, the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Summit. You can also observe the pines and rocks at a short distance and take a deep breath of the fresh air along the way. Tonight you will stay at the best hotel on the mountain.

Meals: Lunch

Day 5

Destinations: Huangshan-Suzhou

Today's Activities:The view of sunrise on the summit of Huangshan Mountain is breathtaking and enjoyable, so it is suggested you check the weather forecast beforehand and get up early to see the splendid scenery. In the morning, continue the sightseeing tour to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and Xihai Grand Canyon. After lunch, you will take the cable car back to the foot of the mountain. Then transfer to visit one of the World's Heritages, the Hongcun Village in Yi County, which is an 880-year-old ancient village with graceful scenery of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges and houses. Tunxi Old Street in Huangshan City will be the next stop. Walking on the street, you will see the age-old houses decorated with delicate wood and stone carvings, the time-honored shops selling brushes and ink for Chinese calligraphy, and small restaurants for delicious local snacks. Finally, our guide will transfer you to take an overnight soft-sleeper train to Suzhou. Please remember to retrieve your luggage if you keep it in the hotel of the city.

Meals: Lunch

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