9 Days China Water Town Tour to Shanghai Huangshan Hangzhou and Suzhou

East China is the perfect blend of past and present, traditional and vibrant, natural marvels and cultural charms. Take the 9 days East China tour from Shanghai to Huangshan, taking in the iconic highlights of this magical metropolis before venturing to Yellow Mountain and nearby pristine old villages. Travel further to Hangzhou and Suzhou, with historical traces dating to thousands of years ago, where you will discover China’s best ancient water towns and UNESCO-protected gardens.

Trip Highlights

  • Hop on a vintage motorcycle sidecar through the old corners of Shanghai
  • Marvel at the other-worldly landscape of Yellow Mountain
  • Explore beautiful Huizhou dwellings and traditional Chinese gardens
  • Visit local families and learn to cook Chinese dishes

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Fly into Shanghai. One of the busiest and shiniest cities on the planet, Shanghai features charming traditions and many old structures hidden under skyscrapers. Meet with the exclusive guide and driver for you for an airport to hotel transfer. Enjoy yourself the wonderful night life of Shanghai.

  • Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai, Grand Central Hotel Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Shanghai Pudong areaShanghai Pudong area

During the morning visit of Yu Garden you will discover some of the beautiful garden architectures and designs from wooden carving doors, dragon roofs to winding corridors and lovely artificial ponds. Right close to the garden is the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar, where food stalls lining the old streets await you.

Continue your Shanghai discovery on a sidecar trip, riding through the boardwalk of the Bund to view both the striking colonial architectures and the skyscrapers on Pudong Skyline on another side of Huangpu River. Thrust into the old town of Shanghai to see the elder Shanghainese living traditional relaxing life on Nongtang lanes.

Later visit Shanghai Museum, one of China’s best museums, with rich collection of ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy works, bronze wares, jade wares, etc. Learn from your guide about the legends of those national treasures.

Enjoy a fabulous acrobatics show after dinner (optional).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Yu GardenYu Garden

Embark on a high speed train from Shanghai to Huangshan. Upon arrival, you’ll visit a UNESCO-protected village – Hongcun Village. A paradise for photographers, painters and tourists alike, Hongcun is famous for profound Huizhou culture, as well as the black-tile-white-wall architectures that are reflected on Nanhu Lake and Yuezhao Lake.

Tonight, stay at a local quaint courtyard hotel, which was converted from a real traditional dwelling. Enjoy the peaceful countryside vibe.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Pig's Heaven Inn, Pig's Heaven Inn Bishan
Hongcun VillageHongcun Village

Live a life like locals at Nanping Village, picking home-grown vegetables from the garden, cooking authentic Chinese dishes at a traditional kitchen and enjoying your fruits of your labor for lunch. If you prefer, learn from a local artisan to make a bamboo-weaving bird.  

Transfer from Nanping Village to Yellow Mountain Scenic Area. After taking Yungu cableway to the mountaintop, you begin about a 1.5 hour walk to the hotel, and enjoy spectacular views along the way, admiring Yellow Mountain’s unique pine trees growing on the rocky cliffs. Enjoy the sunset at Paiyun Pavilion.    

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Huangshan Beihai Hotel, Xihai Hotel, Huangshan Shilin Hotel
Yellow MountainYellow Mountain

Get up early this morning, so that you may see the sunrise on Yellow Mountain, which is one of the four wonders of Yellow Mountain. If you still feel energetic, go hiking the West Sea Grand Canyon, the best part of Yellow Mountain that offers incredible views of steep peaks shrouded in clouds and mist (if weather permits).

Take cable car down the mountain, and board high speed train from Huangshan to Hangzhou.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai, Grand Hyatt Hangzhou
Yellow MountainYellow Mountain

One of the most famous cultural sights in China, West Lake is more than just a scenic lake. It is a carrier of Hangzhou history and culture, showcased in the sites such as Su Causeway, Broken Bridge, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, etc. Embark a boat cruising West Lake to visit a lovely isle.

Then trace the Buddhism at Lingyin Temple located in the forests. This more than 1600-year-old temple is considered as a retreat of immortals. Also admire the Buddhist grottoes of Peak Flown from Afar, where there are statues of Maitreya, Avalokitesvara, Eighteen Arhats, etc, carved on the cliff. 

Enjoy a hands-on activity – paint pictures on a hand-made oil-paper umbrella, which can be taken home. One of the traditional Chinese handicrafts, oil-paper umbrella is good-looking, perfect in workmanship and works as a real umbrella in the rainy days.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
West LakeWest Lake

Enjoy 1.5 hour bullet train journey from Hangzhou to Suzhou. Upon arrival, pick up and explore the highlights of Suzhou city.

Visit Panmen Gate, its history can be traced to the 514BC, when Suzhou was the Wu Kingdom. It is more than an ancient gate, but also with old arched bridges, towers and delicate garden connected by winding corridors.

Then visit Lingering Garden, one of the four greatest gardens in China. With exquisite architectural arrangement and peculiar rockeries, this one single garden offers views of rurality, forests, courtyards and natural landscape.

This is followed by a pedicab tour to ride through the old streets, lanes and traditional markets, and a leisurely stroll on Pingjiang Road, the most famous and best-preserved historical street in Suzhou.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Hyatt Regency Suzhou, Suzhou Marriott Hotel, W Suzhou
Suzhou Yongqing TempleSuzhou Yongqing Temple

Tongli is one of most beautiful and authentic water towns in East China, with a history of over 1000 years. Embark a hand-controlled boat – boatman paddling on the stream - to discover the Ming and Qing houses on the banks and experience this unique cultural atmosphere. Visit Tuisi Garden (Retreat and Reflection Garden), with a smaller size than Suzhou gardens but even more delicate.

Board another bullet train back to Shanghai.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Tongli Water Town by BoatTongli Water Town by Boat

Free at leisure in the morning, so you may enjoy last minute sightseeing of Shanghai. Drive to the airport and fly back home or to your next destination. End of your 9 days China tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
Shanghai Pudong areaShanghai Pudong area

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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