China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other.
This tour focuses on Shanghai, China’s most populous city and economic powerhouse. The European Bund still retains the glamour of the colonial era. Modern western style malls, pubs and boutique stores scatter all around the center of Shanghai. Visit the traditional literati Yuyuan Garden, the atmospheric former French Concession, and spend some time exploring the Shanghai Museum, one of the best in the country.
Take a high speed train to the nearby Hangzhou, which is located to the south of Shanghai along the coast and was described as paradise on earth in ancient times. Enjoy boating on the beautiful West Lake. Visit enchanting Buddhist temples and sip the freshness of Longjing Tea grown on the rolling hills surrounding the city. Hangzhou has been voted the best livable city in China numerous times.
Another high speed train ride takes to Suzhou, where literati gardens remain the way they have been for centuries with bamboo groves, rockery hills and miniature waterfalls splashing into pond-sized lakes filled with colored carp and lotus leaves. The Grand Canal, with its many artery branches running through the old town, symbolizes the imperial power of the old dynasties.
Return to Shanghai for an overnight stay and fly to your next destination.