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4 Days Culture Tour in East China

  East China Tours - 4 Days Culture Tour in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wuzhen

Tour Code: MC-ECT-11
Departure: Daily

Highlights: Jiangnan is the center of traditional culture in China. Shanghai and Hangzhou are two key cities that remain the quintessential relics of history and culture, intangible cultural heritage and fabulous folk customs, which have lasted for thousands of years in this region. Wuzhen is the most famous water town in China demonstrating the charm and unique beauty of township lifestyle in traditional China. Four days cultural experience will give tourists a visual enjoyment and spiritual refreshment. Don’t miss it any more!

Attractions: West Lake, Jingan Temple, The Bund, Wuzhen, Hafang Street

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From  $369
(Guide Price)


Day 1 - Arrival in Shanghai (-/-/-)
Hotel - Jinjiang Metropolo Classiq Hotel (Five Stars)

When you arrive in Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the guide and driver of the local service has been waiting for you at the exit. You will be greeted and transferred to downtown Shanghai, specifically the hotel - Jinjiang Metropolo Classiq Hotel located at East Nanjing Road No.98.

Today, without any arrangement, just enjoy your free time in hotel or in downtown area. Here we give some recommendations as a professional travel service: take a free private outing or walking to the Bund and Nanjing Road, both of which are quite close to your accommodation.

The Bund is a historical building cluster of modern Shanghai since opened to be a port city around 1840 after the first China-Britain Opium War. It is widely accepted as an international architectural style museum in the world. Walking along the Bund, you may mistake that you are traveling through the times from the ancient to the modern, but when looking the opposite side of the Huangpu River, a zone of the world skyscrapers, you will suddenly come to yourself that you are traveling at the heart zone of Shanghai, also a special belt with a blend of modernism and classicism.

If you prefer, go across the Huangpu River via the Waibaidu Bridge, which is also a famous cultural heritage site in Shanghai with many memories of this city from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis. It is a landmark as well of Shanghai in history. Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center are all the modern landmarks of Shanghai, and also inscribed into the list of the world’s top 10 highest buildings. Recommend you to have a panoramic view on the upper observation platform of the Oriental Pearl Tower, which has an outside area with a glass floor. Looks so amazing!

After supper, have a free walking along the Nanjing Road to see the No.1 shopping street of China. Enjoy the local delicacies here and have a experience this magic city of the oriental world. The 24 hours’ dazzling business street will give you a special and deeper understanding of Shanghai, the first business city of China.

The Office of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, the Landmark Building among the Western Building Clusters in the Bund Scenic Zone, Shanghai, China

Day 2 - Travel in Shanghai (B/L/-)
Hotel – Wuzhen Guest House (A Special Local Hotel without Star Ranking)

This is a special cultural journey, so the tourist sites we have are mainly highlighted with the history, culture and folk customs. Today, we will visit Shanghai Museum, Jing’an Buddhist Monastery, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuang Temple & Bazaar and Xintiandi Leisure Resort

After breakfast in hotel, the first site we visit today is The Museum of Shanghai. This is one of three largest museums in China. It boasts the Kingdom of Fabulous Art and Culture in traditional China. The Museum of Shanghai is the rich organization, and they buy many top-level antiques and artistic masterpieces all over the world. At present, it is a treasure palace featuring the works of painting, calligraphy, porcelains and bronze wares. It is an ideal gateway to an art world of China.

And then, we move to Jing’an Buddhist Monastery, an old temple in Shanghai. It is located at West Nanjing Road surrounded largely by the flourishing downtown area of Shanghai. It is a cultural and historical landmark building complex in Shanghai and was written into the list of national key protections sites in 1983. Up to today, it has a history of more than 780 years, and it could be the oldest monastery in Shanghai.

Afterwards, we head to the Yuyuan Garden, a famous private classical garden in East China, and the most popular site of culture in Shanghai. It shares a same fame with Suzhou Humble Administrator’s Garden and Wuxi Jichang Garden. It is the an art work of traditional gardening consisting of the rockery art, fengshui theory, architectural style, and the natural exhibition of the calligraphic inscriptions and painting carved on the walls. It is a museum of garden art in Shanghai.

It is the time to have lunch, which has been arranged well in Lvbaolang Restaurant, which is located nearby the Yuyuan Garden and famous for its local dishes. After lunch and having a break, we continue our travel to Chenghuang Temple & Bazaar. Chenghuang Temple or the City God Temple has a history of more than 600 years. It has been a hotspot of historical tourist destination, as the most Taoist temple in Shanghai. It is the heart of the Chenghuang Temple Bazaar Zone and surrounded by the snack streets and Yuyuan Garden. Over here, travelers will buy something interesting.

Ending the travel here, we head to The Xintiandi, which is the most popular site in Shanghai that features the western style both in architecture and life. Enjoy a nice afternoon tea and time here with your friends.

Travelers Wearing the Ancient Emperor and Empress' Dragon and Phoenix Garments Are Taking Photos in Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Finally, move to Wuzhen Water Town (approximately 1.5 hours), and have an overnight stay in Wuzhen. The accommodation is arranged in a guest house, a special local hotel without star ranking. At night, enjoy a boating trip along the waterways to view the marvelous night sight of Wuzhen. A dream trip in this dream-like night at Wuzhen will be a life-long memory to you.

Day 3 - Travel in Wuzhen Water Town (B/L/-)
Hotel - Ramada Plaza Haihua Hangzhou (Four Stars)

After breakfast, we will have a deep trip to the daytime’s Wuzhen. Wuzhen rooted in the traditional culture of Jiangnan is one of six most famous ancient water towns in China and the permanent site of the World Internet Conference. The visit zone of Wuzhen today is Xizha Scenic Zone. It is comprised of 12 islets, all of which are interlinked with more than 70 bridges. In the scenic area, there are many well-preserved architectural complexes of Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the main old street has a length of 1.8 kilometers. And the waterside pavilion building clusters extend approximately 1.5 kilometers. The must-see tourist attractions in the scenic zone include the Water Stage, Zhaoming Academy, Bridge in Bridge, Alley of the Old Street, Water Gate of the Town, Ancient Bridge Museum, Wedding Custom Museum, and the Museum of the Ancient Women’s Bound Feet and the Guandi Temple. Each scenic spot here has a unique tradition and old story of Wuzhen.

After Lunch, we move to Hangzhou. Approximately 2 hours later, we arrive at Ramada Plaza Haihua Hotel in Hangzhou, a nice sightseeing hotel adjacent to the West Lake. Have a nice break in the hotel, and then enjoy a free walk along the Hubin Scenic Zone of the West Lake. After that, we go to the Broken Bridge, and then have a themed cultural visit to the Solitary Hill Cultural Zone inclusive of the Su Causeway, the Broken Bridge, The Xiling Society of Seal Art and Fanghe Pavilion. The key scenic spot we focus on is the Xiling Society of Seal Art to demystify the art of seal and its history.

At night, after supper, we go to the venue of the Impression West Lake to enjoy the magnificent outdoor show of the Impression West Lake. It is a cultural performance blended with the legendary romance and historical facts. There have been tens of thousands of travelers watching it and give the high comments.

The Splendid Night Scene of Wuzhen Water Town Viewed in the Riverside Guest House. Romantic and Picturesque Environment Suitable for Lovers and Young Couples

Day 4 – Travel in Hangzhou (B/L/-)
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Today’s trip strongly features the meet of the Zen and the Tea (禅茶一味) . In the morning, we go to the Buddhist Monastery of Soul Retreat (or called Lingyin Temple including the Feilai Peak) after breakfast to feel the power and influence of Zen culture. Lingyin Temple is the most famous Zen monastery in East China with many famous stories related to the Monk Ji Gong, and the whole layout and structure of the temple represent the mainstream of the architectural style in Buddhist temple building complex. The indoor statues of the Buddha strictly follow the requirements of the Buddhism for thousands of years without any change, even during the Cultural Revolution. The Feilai Peak is the highlight of the Lingyin Temple, it typically shows the quintessence of the Buddhist arts, and it has been preserved well for thousands of years.

Afterwards, we go to Longjing Tea Plantation to touch the splendid world of the tea. The excellent natural environment, the nice plantation and the special tea-picking experience (also inclusive of the taste and tea ceremony) will give you an unforgettable memory in Hangzhou.

If you feel it is not enough to know the tea, let’s go to China National Tea Museum, in which you will touch all-inclusive aspects of the tea such as the tea history, culture, tea tools, teapots, tea ceremony, celebrities related to the tea, and so on. And the lunch will be arranged in this green world, nice local food, nice green tea and nice local people will give you a long remembrance about Hangzhou.

After that, we move to the Hefang Old Street and have lunch here. And then, we will have a special visit to the National Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum of Huqingyutang. After that, we enjoy a free time in this remainder of the history and time.

The Standing Buddha Statue Carved on the Feilai Peak, Lingyin Temple, Hangzhou. It Is a Treasure of Buddhist Art Deserving a Long Stay

As the happy time goes, the whole trip finally ends with your departure from airport, railway station or bus station. Best wishes to you, and look forward to serving you in your next trip to Hangzhou.

 Hotels and Prices
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REMARKS: The price is not listed above. The specific price will be given on request. The lowest guide price
displayed above excludes the hotel costs.
Shanghai Jinjiang Metropolo Hotel 5 stars 170 USD
Wuzhen Wuzhen Guest House exceptional 80 USD
Hangzhou Ramada Plaza Haihua 4 stars 120 USD

 What Is Included and Excluded
Price Inclusions

Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Experienced English speaking guide
Air-conditioned private car or van for transfers and sightseeing
Service Charges & Government Taxes
Travel Agency Liability Insurance
Price Exclusions

Lunch and Hotel
International transportation & Chinese visa
Personal expenses like beverages.
Tips or gratuities to local driver and guide

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