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4 Days Shanghai, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Budget Tour

4 days budget tour in these cities gives you a chance to let a local guide show you the most famous views and attractions. In Shanghai you explore the classic garden "Yu Garden", the European architecture complex at "the Bund", the entertainment center "Xintiandi", dove feeding in "People's Square", the active exhibitions of "Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall", and the urban oasis "Jade Buddha Temple". In Suzhou & Zhouzhuang, you experience the elegant "Lion Grove Garden", the unique "Suzhou Folk Custom Museum" and "Grand Canal". The trip ends from viewing the wonderful water land of Zhouzhuang water town.

Tour Code :
A0137
Duration :
4 days
Destinations :
Shanghai - Suzhou
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $169
  • D1

    Day 1 Shanghai           

    Our driver and tour guide will pick you up from the airport then escort you to the hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the time unwinding and relaxing before commencing on the amazing tour on the next day.  



  • D2

    Day 2 Shanghai       Lunch    

    Shanghai: Yu Garden-Bund-Xintiandi-People Square-Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall-Jade Buddha Temple 

     The driver and tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in the morning then take you to visit Yu Garden; the only fully restored classical Chinese garden in Shanghai. After that, you will have a short visit to the Bund to appreciate the group of buildings known as the "Gallery of world architecture". These buildings were built respectively during the 20s and 40s of the 20th century with different architectural styles but were well harmonized. After a short break, you will  visit Xintiandi - a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will continue to the People's Square - an outdoor facility including the square, the park and the surroundings. Afterwards move to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and get a phenomenal understanding of the development and growth of the buildings in the showcase . Later, move to the Jade Buddha Temple; one of the most famous Buddhist shrines at Jade with a 1.9-metre-high white jade Buddha inside. When the whole day tour is completed, You will be sent back to the hotel.

     

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      Yu Garden

  • D3

    Day 3 Suzhou       Lunch    

    Suzhou&Zhouzhuang: Lion Grove Garden-Suzhou Folk Custom Museum-Grand Canal-Zhouzhuang water town 

     The driver and tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in the morning then take you to visit the Lion Grove Garden - famous for its rockworks resembling lions with different and striking poses. Then you will visit Suzhou Folk Custom Museum which was once the living quaters for the famous architect I.M.Pei, then next you will visit the Grand Canal; an important canal in ancient china followed by a visit to the Silk Factory where you can learn the silk making process.
      After lunch, you will continue your tour to Zhouzhuang water town, noted for its profound cultural background, well preserved ancient residential houses, elegant water views and the strong local traditions and customs. The must-see spots in the town include Twin Bridges, Shen House, Zhang House, and boat cruising. After the tour, you will be sent back to the hotel.


  • D4

    Day 4 Shanghai           

    On this day you will be driven back to Shanghai then you will be escorted to the airport for depature. 


Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

    1. Private airport (railway station)-hotel transfer.

    2. Transfer service in private vehicle.

    3. English-speaking guide service.

    4. Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary.

    5. Meals as specified on the itinerary.

    6. A bottle of water a day per person.



Exclusions

    1.International and Domestic air tickets with tax.

    2.Tips to Guides and Drivers.

    3.China entry visa fees.

    4.Personal expenses

    5.Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your request)


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    Jade Buddha Temple

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      Located in the northwest part of Shanhai and tucked away amidst a jumble of charming turn of the century two-story cottages and small glass office Buildings, the Jade Buddha. Temple(yufosi 玉佛寺)is a spiritual oasis in the midst of a booming city.

    Jade Buddha Temple Jade Buddha Temple

      The heavily renovated temple was built with Song dynasty architecture in 1918 to house two legendary Jade Buddhas. Its mustard yellow outer walls are shrouded with bamboo scaffolding and lined with queues of tourists and worshippers alike. Devotees carry clusters of burning joss sticks and bow in front of the Hall of Heavenly Kings(tianwangdian天王殿),a giant cavern that holds humbling statues of various golden and bearded arhats that tower over those who enter. Wander past the Grand and follow the signs to the Abbott Room, where the jade Buddhas resides.?

      The two Buddhas in the About room were once part a magnificent five-piece jade collection brought to China from Myanmar by a Chinese monk. the larger of the two Buddhas is encrusted in jewels. it was hand-chiseled and polished from white jade and stands 6.2 feet (1.9m)tall. On each side of this statue is a famous collection of Buddhists texts printed from woodblocks in 1890. At 35 inches (90cm),the other Buddha amaller, but is just as impressive with light glinting off its elegant jade body as it reclines languidly. A gnarled sandalwood trunk with carved Chinese characters and displays of late-Qing handicrafts add to outside the Abbot room are several gift shops selling everything from paper prints to traditional Chinese paintings to sandalwood fans and Buddha figurines carved from pure jade.

    Jade Buddha Temple Jade Buddha Temple

      Crossing the courtyard back to the entrance to the Abbot room is a corridor that takes visitors to a splendid traditional Chinese teashop. The temple entrance fee includes a ticket to sample different sets of tea that can remedy everything from headaches to indigestion There's a polite sales pitch included, but all of the proceeds go to the temple. Across the hall from the tearoom is a vegetarian restaurant that serves all manner of lunch dishes, many of which are fashioned Enclosed in a walled courtyard is a Buddhist research library that has some English books. the hald monks and jade Buddhas provide a visual and spiritual break from Shanghai;s frenetic drive to buy, eat and spend   Located in the northwest part of Shanhai and tucked away amidst a jumble of charming turn of the century two-story cottages and small glass office Buildings, the Jade Buddha. Temple(yufosi 玉佛寺)is a spiritual oasis in the midst of a booming city.

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    Yu Garden

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       Yu Garden, a well-known classical garden, is located in south Shanghai. Itsoriginal master, Mr. Pan, was once a governor in Sichuan during the Ming Dynasty. The garden was constructed in 1558, followed by a pause because of alack of fund and finally completed twenty years later. Pan family underwent adecline afterwards and its offspring anxiously sold out the garden at a verylow price to businessman. Later, merged with City God Temple, the Yu Garden be came its “Western Garden”. During the period of the Opium War and the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, foreign invaders repeatedly garrisoned there. Yu Garden,therefore, suffered severe damages and lost some original luster.

      After1949, Yu Garden was been renovated many times. The recent one, in 1987,reconstructed the eastern part. In 1982, Yu Garden was marked as one of the key preservation sites of the State House and the most excellent gardens in the south. It has 40 scenic spots, including pavilions, terraces, towers, ponds and rock eries, with over 10 thousand tourists every day. No wonder people say that tourists must visit Yu Garden and City God Temple Shopping Center in Shanghai.

      Abeautiful lotus pond, with a bridge and a pavilion in the center, is in from ofYu Garden. The pavilion was rebuilt in 1784 and converted to a tea house 90years ago. This tea house is beloved by many senior people for they enjoy thetea and leisure.

    Yu Garden Yu Garden

      People can have a stroll in the bridge with nine windings under the tea house,enjoying the scenery along the bank. Each winding reveals a different view.There are celebrations nearby on special festivals, such as the Lantern Festival. It is especially bustling and lively then.

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    Bund

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      The Bund, Shanghai

      The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The 1,700-meters (1,859 yards) long flood-control wall, known as 'the lovers' wall', located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century. After renovation, the monotone concrete buildings that lovers leaned against in the past have been improved into hollowed-out railings full of romantic atmosphere. Standing by the railings, visitors can have a 'snap-shot' view of the scenery of Pudong Area and Huangpu River.

      History

      Before the 1840s, the Bund was a muddy narrow lane with tall reeds. It initially became a British settlement. After Shanghai was established as the trading port in 1846, a street was paved there and the riversides were reinforced. Then, rows of commercial buildings were constructed. As the UK Concession, a building boom at the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial hub of East Asia. It was the centre of the city's politics, economy and culture more than a hundred years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices were settled there, and that's why we have these art-like buildings.

      In the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the thawing of economic policy in the People's Republic of China, buildings on the Bund were gradually returned to their former uses. Government institutions were moved out in favor of financial institutions, while hotels resumed trading as such.

      In the 1990s the Shanghai government attempted to promote an extended concept of the Bund to boost tourism and land values in nearby areas, as well as to reconcile the promotion of 'colonial relics' with Socialist ideology. From 2008, a major reconfiguration of traffic flow along the Bund was carried out. After a 33-month upgrade, the Bund was reopened to visitors on March 28, 2010. The veil on the new Bund was finally lifted.

    BundBund

      After the reconstruction, most transit vehicles which originally got through the ground level roads began to make their way through the new underground tunnel. The original eleven driveways on the Bund ground were compressed into four two-way lanes. Thus more space was left for expending the four major squares: Huangpu Park, Chen Yi Square, the Bund Financial Square, and the Observatory Plaza. After being reconstructed, the new Bund waterfront is neat and atmospheric. The public activity space is expansive embracing more visitors.

      The Bund has been called a 'museum of international architecture' and indeed it was and still is. But it was also much more. Here were located the banks, hotels, exclusive clubs, press organizations and headquarters of international concerns. The twenty-six major structures, of various heights along approximately 1.5 kilometers of Zhongshan Lu and the Huangpu River, have changed little externally since the 1930s. All were constructed in western-inspired styles. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 the old tenants were gone. They had already been impacted by the wartime crises. Many of the structures were subdivided into government offices, department stores or storage areas. Furnishings were sold off or destroyed, and architectural features covered.

      City Sculptures

      Near the Nanjing Road intersection stands what is currently the only bronze statue along the Bund, a statue of Chen Yi who was the first Communist mayor of Shanghai. At the northern end, along the riverfront, is Huangpu Park, in which is situated the Monument to the People's Heroes - a tall, abstract concrete tower which is a memorial for those died during the revolutionary struggle for Shanghai dating back to the Opium Wars. As the victor of the war, the British nationals in the Bund put up a 'cross' to mark their 'aggression' which is the Red Rock Monument. On the south side of the Bund Garden Bridge stands an Ever Victorious Army Monument, which was funded by Li Hongzhang to commemorate the officers and soldiers of the Victorious Army who died in the battles against the Taiping Army from 1862 to 1864. Located in front of Shanghai Custom House at Jiujiang Road, the statue Hart was regarded as the most famous statue in Shanghai history. Hurt, British Northern Irishman, had served as Secretary General of Chinese Customs up to 48 years. Another famous sculpture is the World War Monument which was the largest one in the city at that time. It was made to commemorate the soldiers who died in the World War I coming from Shanghai.

    BundBund

      Night View

      It is worth a visit to see the florid night view of the Bund. Under the tenet of keeping harmony and unity, the use of period lamp-posts is in keeping with the aesthetic feeling of the building structures. It fully exhibits the magnificence of the various buildings of different architectural styles and make up of the best night scene of Shanghai together with the colorful lights floating in the river and the flashing lights on the far side of the river. The night piece of the Bund was named in 'Shanghai top ten night light views' in 2009.

      Further reading: Huangpu River Cruise

      Tip: There is an eco-friendly mobile charging system with solar photovoltaic power generation at the photography point of the Bund scenic area. It can provide the power of the computer for photographers to print the photos, as well as mobile phone emergency charging service for visitors.

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    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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      The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is located on People's Square, Shanghai, China, adjacent to the municipal government building. The Exhibition Center is a six-storey building, with two basement levels, which displays Shanghai's urban planning  and development. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focussing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund . The Exhibition Center also has space for temporary exhibitions with a wide range of subject matter.

    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

      This hall was built to show the achievement of the city planning and construction. It has many functions, such as exhibition, reference, research, communication, recreation and entertainment. The main body of the building covers Shanghai's development from ancient times to the present and beyond. The theme of this building is 'City, People, Environment and Development'. There is a city model made to a scale of 1/500. The appearance of the old streets in the 1930s reminds people to think of the old passing days in that city. The view of a future Shanghai is presented with high technology such as virtual reality and fantasy-view magic vision. The big city planning lifelike model displays for you the city's vista of the future.

    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

      With five stories there is, of course, a great deal more to see than the vast scale model.  As you’d expect, it’s all very high-tech, with some great displays, interactive exhibits and walk-throughs, complete with sound, light and vision effects, illustrating different aspects of Shanghai’s urban planning. The exhibits are detailed and thorough, and provide a wealth of information on how the city’s planners see the future.

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