13 Days Picturesque and Classical Gardens China Tour

Destination:Beijing, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, Suzhou

Tour Code: CCT04

Tour Duration: 13 Days

Tour overview:
China’s traditional gardens are truly breathtaking and this China tour showcases them. You will also get to see some of the most exciting and cultural cities in China. You will begin in Beijing, China’s capital. You will see such spectacular sites as; the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven. You will then visit Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), known as one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. You will then visit the city of Hangzhou, famous for its Dragon Well Tea. You will then visit Suzhou. Filled with traditional Chinese gardens, Suzhou is a wonderful destination. You will then visit Shanghai, which has a culture which blends Chinese and Western culture.

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Day by Day Itinerary

Tour Summary

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B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner

Day 1

Arrival Beijing

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Then you will spend the rest of the day at your leisure, or resting and catching up on your jet lag.

Day 2

Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

This morning our tour will begin with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, which was completed in 1420, and expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. It was the place where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. With the three blue-tiled cone-shaped roofs, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail, it has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing. In the park nearby local people practice Tai Chi or sing and dance relaxingly. They will invite you to join in with these activities which will become a very worthwhile and unforgettable experience.

After lunch, we will go on our city tour to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people.

From here we will walk across the Golden River Bridge to visit the Forbidden City and experience the ancient Emperor's daily life. For 5 centuries Chinese emperors carried out their administration here. With almost 10,000 rooms, it was the centre of the Ming and Qing dynasties, a massive complex of palaces, pavilions, courtyards and gardens where 24 emperors used to live. (Also Bertolucci's film "The Last Emperor" was produced here). Forbidden City was the largest palace in the world, and in the past it was indeed a forbidden place for commoners. Your tour here will include private access to the Emperor's palace.

Day 3

Beijing (B, L)

Beijing (B, L)

Sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall, Panjiayuan Market

After experiencing the royal lifestyle, today we will be transferred to the surrounding countryside of Beijing and visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, the pride of China and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Whereas Genghis Khan contemplated it as a military obstacle, Richard Nixon described it as one of humankind's greatest achievements. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the 2,000 years old ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountain views. Bring a jacket and layer- although it is breezy, the climbing is tough. So be in a good shape!

In the afternoon, you will visit Panjiayuan MarketAt the mention of Panjiayuan market, people will take great delight talking about it as it is a famous city card as well as a distinguished spot in the capital city of Beijing. Along with climbing the Great Wall and eating Peking roast duck, going to the Panjiayuan Market is the Top Three Musts in Beijing for all visitors home and abroad. Also, take an exterior visit of both Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube'),feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

Day 4

Beijing / Huangshan (B, L)

Transfer via: Bullet Train on our arrangement

In the morning, after breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to train station for bullet train to Huangshan.
Arrive in Huangshan, your guide and driver will meet you, check in hotel first, then enjoy Tunxi Ancient Street for walking and shopping.

Day 5

Huangshan (B, L,)

Huangshan (B, L,)

Sightseeing: Mt. Huangshan

In the morning, you will be transferred to the foot of Mt. Huangshan, take cable car to the top of it and make a tour to North Sea Scenic Area and other peaks. This night, you will stay on top of the mountain.

Mt. Huangshan, known as "the loveliest mountain in China", is famous for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of clouds. Its landscape features “four wonders” of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. Mount Huangshan boasts 72 peaks, more than 1,000 meters above sea level, with three main peaks rising majestically. The famous Welcoming Guests (Yingke) Pine (1,500 years old) and See-Guest-Off Pine have become a symbol of being faithful, unyielding and hospitable.

Day 6

Huangshan (B, L)

Huangshan (B, L)

Sightseeing: Hongcun Ancient Villages 

In the early morning, you can have the chance to enjoy the famous Huangshan sunrise. Then take cable car down, following to Hongcun Ancient Village: Being an over 800 years old town leaning against Mt. Huangshan, it is folded in the fog of the Mountain which makes it look like a river. You will see that it is as beautiful as a Chinese landscape drawing. The famous film "Crouching Tiger" was produced here. 

Day 7

Huangshan / Hangzhou (B, L)

Huangshan / Hangzhou (B, L)

Transfer via: Bullet Train on our arrangement

Sightseeing: West Lake

In the morning, you will be transferred to the train station and take bullet train to Hangzhou. There, you will be met by your local guide and visit beautiful West Lake . You will take a cruise boat across the lake to see the 3 pagodas in the lake. The West Lake is the most famous tourist spot of Hangzhou. Graceful mountains surround it on three sides. It has a charming scenery and many cultural relics and historic sites.

Day 8

Hangzhou (B, L)

Hangzhou (B, L)

Sightseeing: FeiLai Feng, Ling Yin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat),Six Harmonies Pagoda, Dragon Well Tea Plantation

Today you will visit Lingyin Temple including the FeiLai Feng. The Fei Lai Feng is situated in the east of Ling Yin Temple. Isolated from others, its stone quality is totally different from that of surrounding mountain groups. It is 167 meters high, on the peak there are many grotesque stones in the shapes of charming dragon, prostrate tiger, walking elephant and scared ape. The main hall of Lingyin Temple is about 34 meters (111 feet) tall - incredibly high for a one-storey building. In the center of the hall you’ll find the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, which was carved from 24 pieces of camphor wood. The temple was named Lingyin Temple for its extremely beautiful environment which is serene and suitable for "Soul’s Retreat".

After having lunch at local restaurant, we will drive to the Six Harmonies Pagoda, highly erected next to Qiantang River and in the south of the West Lake. It is a perfect examplel of brick-and-wood structure built in ancient China and was built in 970 AD in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) to press down the evil of the river tidal bore in Qiantang River.

Dragon Well Tea is well known worldwide, so you will be guided to the Dragon Well Tea Plantation to discover the history of Chinese tea and the tea ceremony. The water of dragon well is sweet and of good taste. The green tea here enjoys very high reputation since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D) for its four special features: green color, fragrant aroma, sweet taste and smooth appearance. Finally you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 9

Hangzhou / Suzhou (B, L)

Hangzhou / Suzhou (B, L)

Transfer via: Bullet Train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Humble Administrator’s Garden, Tiger Hill

In the morning you will be escorted to the railway station to take bullet train to Suzhou. Suzhou is praised as the "Oriental Venice" and called a "paradise on earth".

Upon your arrival in Suzhou, our guide will meet you and escort you to a local restaurant to have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four most famous ones in China. Originally built in 1513 AD, it consists of three parts with different types of buildings around streams and ponds.

Then we will move on to Tiger Hill (Huqiu). Tiger Hill is the most famous sight in Suzhou city, enjoying the reputation of "The first scenic spot in Wu area" due to its imposing beauty; This includes Leisure Spring, Testing Sword Rock, Third Spring, Broken-Pillar-Hall and Mountain Villa Wrapped in Emerald Green etc. With only 36 meters of height and an area of 20hectares, you might think it to be an artificial hill, but its history can be traced back 2500 years ago.

Day 10

Suzhou (B, L)

Suzhou (B, L)

Sightseeing: Lingering Garden (Garden to linger in), Lion Grove, The Grand Canal, The No.1 Silk Factory, Panmen Scenery Area 

Toady we will visit the most classical gardens of China. Our first stop will be Lingering Garden, one of the four most famous gardens of China. The garden is celebrated for its artistic way of handling the spaces between various architectural forms and garden courts. With pavilions, terraces, grotesque rocks, clear streams and rare vegetations, the corridors separate the garden into several courtyards with distinct styles.

Lion Grove is one of the four noted gardens of Suzhou. It was first built in 1342 during Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and is truly exquisite in design. When entering the garden, the you will find stones in various interesting shapes.

Afterwards, we will visit the Grand Canal. As well as the Great Wall, it ranks as the country's greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in world. Cruising on the Canal, you will see the local peoples’ life.

As Suzhou is also famous for its silk production we will spend some time in the No.1 Silk Factory to see how silk is processed from the silk worm to the final woven cloth.

Finally we will stop at Pan Gate which is an ancient city gate with land and water entrances. Gates with land and water entrances were quite typical in ancient China. Pan Gate is the only one left.

Day 11

Suzhou / Shanghai (B, L)

Suzhou / Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: Bullet Train on our arrangement
Sightseeing: the Bund, Nanjing Road

In the morning, you will have some leisure time until you will be transferred to the railway station by your guide and take bullet train to Shanghai.

After your arrival you will be met by our local guide and visit the Bund. Take a walk along the waterfront and experience the smells, sights and sounds of the old "Wall Street" in Shanghai. Actually, some people say that the Bund is like "an exhibition of buildings". Finally we will walk along the famous pedestrian street-Nanjing Road, known as "China's No.1 Shopping Street". In the evening you will watch a breathtaking Acrobatic Show.

Day 12

Shanghai (B, L)

Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai French Concession, Shanghai World Financial Center

Today we will start with a visit of Yuyuan Garden, a beautiful garden in the south of the Yangtze River. Wandering through it, you will find pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features.



Then we head to Shanghai French Concession. Among the four French Concessions of Modern China (separately in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hankou and Guangzhou), Shanghai French Concession is the earliest, largest as well as the most prosperous one. The area has been a leased territory for nearly a century, and after its return, about 240 roads in the former concession was renamed in Chinese.


Another highlight today is Shanghai World Financial Center, which is a superhigh skyscraper in the city as well as the highest in the mainland China with a height of 492 meters. It is a multifunctional office-based building combining offices, commerce, business, conferences, hotels, exhibitions and sightseeing. Embodies the concept of Vertical Garden City and incorporates the building company's vast know-how and experience, the project offers office space with cutting-edge specifications and all the expected functions of a world-class international financial center. The center is also a hub of culture and information, boasting sophisticated retail space, elegant conference facilities, most advanced security, and superior urban facilities within world's highest observatories, and a five-star luxury hotel- Park Hyatt Shanghai.


Day 13

Departure Shanghai (B)

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport for your next destination.

B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1
Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Regent Beijing Novotel Beijing Xinqiao King Parkview Hotel
B L D
Day 2
Beijing

Full day visit Tiananmen Square Forbidden City The Temple of Heaven

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Regent Beijing Novotel Beijing Xinqiao King Parkview Hotel
B L D
Day 3
Beijing

In the morning, you will visit Mutianyu Great Wall . In the afternoon, you will visit local market- Panjiayuan Market , also visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both National Swimming Centre('The Water Cube') Beijing Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) , feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Regent Beijing Novotel Beijing Xinqiao King Parkview Hotel
B L D
Day 4
Beijing
Huangshan

In the morning, after breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to train station for bullet train to Huangshan. Arrive in Huangshan, your guide and driver will meet you, check in hotel first, then enjoy Tunxi Ancient Street for walking and shopping.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Huangshan International Hotel Tiandu International Hotel Jinjiang Inn Style Huangshan
B L D
Day 5
Huangshan

Full day visit Yellow Mountain ,stay overnight on the top of the mountain.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Xihai Hotel, Huangshan Huangshan Shilin Hotel Huangshan Shilin Hotel
B L D
Day 6
Huangshan

In the early morning, you can have the chance to enjoy the famous Huangshan sunrise.Then take cable car down, following to Hongcun Ancient Village . The village is spectacular for the original Hui style architecture.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Huangshan International Hotel Tiandu International Hotel Jinjiang Inn Style Huangshan
B L D
Day 7
Huangshan
Hangzhou

In the morning, be transferred to the train station and take bullet train to Hangzhou, be met and visit West Lake

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake Culture Plaza Hotel Zhejiang Enjoyor Hotel
B L D
Day 8
Hangzhou

Full day visit FeiLaiFeng (also named Ling JiuFeng) Ling Yin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat) Six Harmonies Pagoda and Dragon Well Tea Plantation, enjoy demonstration of hand processing of the Dragon Well tea in the Meijiawu Teahouse.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake Culture Plaza Hotel Zhejiang Enjoyor Hotel
B L D
Day 9
Hangzhou
Suzhou

In the morning, be transferred to the railway station and take bullet train to Suzhou. Arrive in Suzhou, be met and visit Tiger Hill Humble Administrator's Garden

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Pan Pacific Suzhou Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station) Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Changjiang
B L D
Day 10
Suzhou

Full day visit Lingering Garden (Garden to linger in) Lion Grove The Grand Canal The No.1 Silk Factory Panmen Scenery Area

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Pan Pacific Suzhou Mercure Hotel (Suzhou Railway Station) Holiday Inn Express Suzhou Changjiang
B L D
Day 11
Suzhou
Shanghai

Free at leisure till be transferred to railway station and take bullet train to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit Nanjing Road The Bund ,watch a breathtaking Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Hotel Indigo Shanghai on The Bund Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Rayfont Shanghai Xuhui Hotel
B L D
Day 12
Shanghai

Full day visit Yuyuan Garden Shanghai French Concession Shanghai World Financial Center .

Hotel: First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
  Hotel Indigo Shanghai on The Bund Sunrise on the Bund Hotel Rayfont Shanghai Xuhui Hotel
B L D
Day 13
Shanghai

Free at leisure till be transferred to airport for your flight departure.

B L D

Price

Season Tour Class Group Size Single Room
Supplement
1pax 2-5pax 6-9pax
Peak Season 3*(Tourist Class) $2864 $1690 $1343 $448
4*(Deluxe Class) $3248 $1882 $1535 $640
5*(First Class) $3812 $2164 $1817 $922

-NOTE:

1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.

2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.

3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Includes

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

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