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Visa Free China
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Explore the rich and diverse culture of East China’s Shanghai district. Reflect in Suzhou’s Humble Administrators Garden, one of the finest settings in all of China. Explore the Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Garden in Hanghzhou, before returning to Shanghai on the futuristic Maglev train. Cultural delights await as the old town stands in stark contrast to the modern marvel that is current day Shanghai. There is much to enjoy on this whirlwind tour of China and best of all, there’s no need for a Visa!
On arrival into Shanghai, you will be met by your personal driver who will transfer you to Suzhou (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) to commence your tour. On arrival in Suzhou, you’ll check-in to the Scholars Hotel (elegant room) where you will spend the next 2 nights. The remaining part of today will be at your leisure. Any meals taken today will be at your own arrangements.
Today you’ll enjoy a full-days sightseeing tour of Suzhou, where you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Garden of Master of Nets, a short cruise along the small canal and trip to the silk-spinning factory. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant and dinner will be at your own arrangements. (B/L)
After breakfast you’ll take the train to the city of Hangzhou (standard second class seat) sit back and relax and watch the world go by. Upon arrival at Hangzhou, you’ll be met by your new driver for the day to commence your sightseeing of the capital of China’s Zhejiang province. You’ll get to take boat ride on the West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site followed by a visit to Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Garden and the former residence of Mr. Hu Xueyan. Today’s lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant. Later this afternoon, you’ll take the high speed train back to Shanghai (standard second class seat). Upon arrival in Shanghai, you’ll be meet and transferred to the Ocean Hotel (Standard room) where you stay for the next 3 nights. Dinner this evening will be at your own arrangements, so why not head out and find somewhere amazing to eat (B/L)
Today is a full days sightseeing of Shanghai, where you’ll get to visit the Yu Gardens, Shanghai’s old town, Shanghai Museum and the Bund followed by Tianzifang Street. Both lunch and dinner today will be held at local restaurants. This evening you will head out to watch the famous Shanghai acrobatic show. (B/L/D)
Today is a complete day at leisure, where you’re free to explore this incredible city under your own arrangements. You may wish to explore a little more or just simply want to use this time to do some shopping, the choice is all yours (B)
Your whistle stop tour of China has come to an end and it’s time to head back to the airport by maglev train for onward flight to Hong Kong. Please note, this flights is not included and must be booked separately (B).
Meals: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Please note: this is a private itinerary, where you will travel with your very own driver and have a local English-speaking tour guides for any included sightseeing.
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
What to expect and is this tour for me?
A tour in China is an adventure, we recommend you are of a reasonable fitness level as touring often involves long walks and uneven surfaces. Our tours provide the opportunity to see some of the local crafts and industries of China that reflect Chinese culture, these visits form part of the tour, but do not feel obliged to purchase anything unless you want to.
GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)
- Domestic trains (internal train baggage allowance is 20kgs)
- Private air conditioned transport throughout. Train journeys are on non-exclusive air-conditioned express train’s
- Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees
- The services of an experienced local guide in each destination
- Road taxes, parking fees, fuel surcharges and interstate taxes
- International flight with Virgin Atlantic in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
- Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
- Flight from Shanghai Pu Dong to Hong Kong on the last day
- Seat upgrades on the train journey’s (available at a supplement)
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary
5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinners.
The majority of meals are likely to be Chinese rather than international; vegetarians can be catered for but the food is quite different from that which you are likely to be used to. Larger city hotels provide international cuisine as well as Chinese, but presentation and taste may vary from western standards.
Why not extend your stay with a few nights in Hong Kong before returning to the UK?