9 Days Autumn Tasting from Shanghai to Huangshan

  • Tour Code:CCT17
  • Tour Duration: 9 Days
  • Destination:Hangzhou, Huangshan, Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhouzhuang
  • Tour overview:This China tour takes you through one of the most special parts of China. This area is famous throughout the world for its culture, history, and beauty. Shanghai is a truly unique city, which is very comfortable to visitors to its blending of Chinese and Western cultures. Suzhou, famous for its traditional Chinese gardens, will never be forgotten. Hangzhou, famous for its Dragon Well Tea will introduce you to the world of Chinese tea. It is so much more than just a beverage to the Chinese people. It is a way of life. Huangshan, arguably one of the most beautiful mountains on Earth will delight you, as will Zhouzhuang, one of China’s most famous water towns, where the canals outnumber the streets.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival in Shanghai,you will be greeted by our local guide and then transferred to your hotel by a private air-conditioned car. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time.

Day 2 Shanghai to Suzhou (B, L)

Transfer via: soft seat train arranged by us
Sightseeing: Humble Administrator's Garden, Zhouzhuang.

In the morning we'll depart from your hotel and take the express train to Suzhou. Suzhou is praised as the "Oriental Venice" and called 'paradise on earth' along with Hangzhou.

Upon your arrival in Suzhou, our guide will meet you and escort you to a local restaurant for lunch. Then you will visit the 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, the garden consists of three parts with different types buildings around streams and ponds.

We will spend the afternoon in Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water townships in China. Situated in Kunshan City, which is only 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou, it is noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. Let us explore this town with a history of more than 2500 years and get to know about the architecture, lifestyle and inhabitants there.

Afterwards you will be transferred back to Suzhou to spend the rest of your day on your own.

Day 3 Suzhou to Hangzhou (B, L)

Transfer via: soft seat train arranged by us
Sightseeing: West lake, Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Our guide and driver will escort you from Hotel to train station (Suzhou). Upon your arrival in Hangzhou, our local guide will meet you and escort you to beautiful West Lake. We 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. Then you will 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 an natural environment, enjoy the special tea culture and the beauty there.

Day 4 Hangzhou to Huangshan (B, L)

Transfer via: Express bus arranged by us
Sightseeing: Six Harmonies Pagoda, Linyin Temple and FeiLaiFeng (also named Ling JiuFeng)

Today you will also 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 that, 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.

After lunch, our guide and driver will escort you to the bus station (Hangzhou), Upon your arrival in Huangshan, our local guide will meet you and escort you to hotel by a private air-conditioned car. Then you will spend the rest of day on your leisure.

Day 5 Huangshan Xin'an River hiking (B, L)

Sightseeing: Xin'an River hiking

After the breakfast, we will drive to Nan yuan kou which is the source of Xin'an River,and take a walk in the picturesque view of beautiful river and green mountains, visiting local farmers’ home and school(if it is not on weekend). Drive back to the downtown of Huangshan city in the afternoon.

Day 6 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. You will stay over night on the 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 7 Hangshuan to Shanghai (B, L)

Transfer via: By air arranged by us
Sightseeing: Hongcun, Xidi villages.

In the morning we will descend from the mountain and visit Xidi Ancient Village and Hongcun Ancient Village. Located in Yixian County, they were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2000. These two villages are the most representative local-style residences in southern Anhui Province. They have a history of up to 900 years and you will be impressed by the simplicity and nativeness.

Then you will be transferred to the airport, where you will take the flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, our local guide will meet you and escort you to hotel by a private air-conditioned car.

Day 8 Shanghai (B, L)

Sightseeing: Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, the Shanghai World Financial Center.

In the morning you will take a walk to the Bund. It is among the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai and therefore a must-see when visiting Shanghai.

Then we will visit Shanghai Museum which is the biggest museum of China. It incorporates a collection of over 120,000 pieces of Chinese art & cultural relics and is especially famous for its treasures of bronzes, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy.

After lunch, we will visit the Shanghai World Financial Center; it is a super tall skyscraper. It is a mixed use skyscraper, which will consist of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. The hotel component has 175 rooms and suites and goes by the name: The Park Hyatt, Shanghai. On September 14, 2007, the skyscraper reached 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world's third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.

Finally we head to the Jade Buddha Temple. The old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city. Both, the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. If you're lucky, you can watch the monks serving a ceremony in a side room.

Day 9 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.

Tour Price

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.