16 Days Southeastern China World Heritage Tour: Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Huangshan Xiamen Zhangjiajie and Guangzhou
Savor the mountainous splendor, experience the richly colorful
culture and discover the diverse Chinese architectural styles on 16
days China World Heritage tour, which can be tailored just for you.
Let your private guide lead you on a splendid culture
journey through Southeastern China — meander through water towns and
traditional gardens, cruise beautiful lakes, experience the traditional
village life as locals, travel back in time to visit ancient castles,
watchtowers and graceful dwellings. Furthermore, enjoy the incredible
mountain scenery in Zhangjiajie and Yellow Mountain.
- Appreciate the UNESCO-listed classical gardens of Suzhou
- Cruise through West Lake of Hangzhou
- Explore unique housings and ancient villages of coastal provinces
- Visit awe-inspiring bizarre landforms
Customizable Tour Itinerary
Nihao, welcome to China! Arrive at Shanghai Pudong International
Airport where you are met by your private China Culture Tour guide and
transferred to your luxurious hotel of a good location. Relax at hotel
or explore the surrounding areas on your own for the rest of the day.
Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai,
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai,
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Take a cultural tour of Shanghai, an ultramodern city actually with a
history of 6000 years, according to the archaeologists. Today there
are still hundreds year-old culture and art to be experienced. Visit Shanghai Museum, to appreciate the wonderful display of ancient Chinese painting, jade wares, ceramics, sculptures, and so forth.
Then ramble around the Yuyuan Market district, including an in-depth visit of Yu Garden, the best traditional garden in Shanghai, Bridge of Nine Turnings, and the old streets lined with different kinds of local specialty shops and food stalls.
Tour the Bund, used to be the foreign
concession in the 19th-20th Century and witnessing Shanghai begin its
thriving modern history. See the exotic building clusters in the Bund
of Shanghai alongside Huangpu River. Then get across the river, here in
the bustling Lujiazui district, ascend Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the highest building, for a stunning high-altitude view.
Take high speed train from Shanghai to Suzhou.
The Bund, Shanghai
Tongli boasts a history of over 1000
years and has been listed as one of the 6 best-kept ancient water towns
in China. Distributed by five lakes and made of 7 lovely islands, the
town is a wonderful place to drink tea, enjoy traditional cultural vibe,
and see ancient architectures and bridges. Take a short cruise trip for relaxation.
Visit Tuisi (Retreat and Reflection) Garden, a
highlight of Tongli Town and a UNESCO site. It was artistically designed
by a painter and carefully built like floating on the water.
Tongli Water Town by Boat
This morning, visit the 6th-century Panmen Gate,
which as rebuilt and expanded as a historical landmark during Yuan,
Ming and Qing Dynasties with many other ancient towers, architectures
and wharfs. You will also see boat cruise the encircling canal of
Then ramble in Lingering Garden,
one of the four great traditional gardens in China and an important
site of the UNSCO-protected classical garden of Suzhou. It features
incredibly beautiful landscape of lakes, artificial hills, woods, rural
land and garden.
Thereafter, take a rickshaw ride
through Suzhou’s old streets to discover more of Suzhou and experience
local lifestyle. Enjoy a leisure stroll on the historical Pingjiang
Road, before riding a bullet train to Hangzhou.
Banyan Tree Hangzhou,
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake,
Grand Hyatt Hangzhou
West Lake is not merely a city lake, but also a masterpiece created
borrowing the aesthetic effect of ancient Chinese painting, literary
and garden art. Enjoy a boat cruise on West Lake. It is considered the best way to admire West Lake and will take you to a pretty islet in the middle of the lake.
Later visit the Pagoda of Six Harmonies. It
is one of the earliest extant brick-wood structural pagodas in China
and a finest example of ancient Chinese architecture.
Also enjoy peaceful Zen moments at the 4th Century Lingyin Temple and appreciate the ancient Buddhist grotto art at the Feilai Peak, where there are hundreds of Buddha statues in different sizes are elaborately carved.
Take high speed train from Hangzhou to Huangshan City. Tour Hongcun Village,
known as “A Village on Chinese Painting”. The village’s ancient
houses, bridges, streets and alleyways and the charming scenery of
lakes and mountains enhance one another’s beauty. And you can
experience a long-gone lifestyle here.
Later visit the 11th-century Xidi Village.
With more than 200 ancient residential houses, ancestral halls and
memorial archways, Xidi is praised as the museum of ancient Chinese
dwelling. Both Hongcun and Xidi have been inscribed on the list of
UNESCO World Heritage.
Stay overnight at a quaint local style hotel with cultural authenticity and inspiring design.
Pig's Heaven Inn Bishan,
Banyan Tree Huangshan,
Huangshan International Hotel
Take Yungu cableway up Yellow Mountain, which ranks
one of the most famous mountains in China. Peculiar-looking pines,
fantastic rock peaks, seas of clouds and hot springs are known as the
four wonders" of Yellow Mountain.
Hike for about 2 hours along West Sea Grand Canyon,
surrounded by breath-taking scenery. It is a must-visit sight of
Yellow Mountain and where the Flying Stone is located. Take in the
views and picture yourself walking amidst a fairyland.
Watch the sunset along with beautiful clouds if weather permits. Stay overnight on Yellow Mountain.
Huangshan Beihai Hotel,
Huangshan Shilin Hotel
Get up early if you would like to watch the sun rise of Yellow Mountain. Then ride cable car down and transfer to visit Tunxi Old Street,
the cultural center of Huangshan City consisting of 3 main streets, 18
alleyways and 300 or so Huizhou style architectures dating to
different historical periods. Idle about to glimpse traditional Huizhou
culture of tea, calligraphy, inkstick, medicine…
Enjoy an air journey to Xiamen, a beautiful coast city in China.
Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan,
Pan Pacific Xiamen,
Days Hotel & Suites Mingfa Xiamen
Stone archway in Xidi
Drive for about 2.5 hours from Xiamen to Nanjing Tulou
Area (part of Fujian Tulou UNESCO World Heritage Site), to see the most
famous earthen buildings, regarded as the “mythical architectures in mountainous area of South China". Marvel at the unique architecture style and experience the local hundreds year-old Hakka culture and traditions.
Tianluokeng Earthen Building Cluster
is described picturesquely as “a big bowl of soup with four dishes” -
one square earthen building that is surrounded by four round earthen
Yuchang Tulou shares two
striking similarities with the Leaning Tower of Pisa -- both of them
were built in the 14th Century and are surprising tilting buildings.
Yuchang Tulou has five floors and 270 rooms.
Find more tulou buildings of different shapes and modelings in Taxia Village, situated at the foot of hills and beside waters with beautiful scenery.
Round earth housings in Nanjing
Today, continue to enjoy visiting Hakka tulou buildings. Step into Hegui Tulou,
the highest earthen building in Nanjing, with a height of 21.5 meters.
It has been supported with more than 200 pine logs as the base.
Walk around Yunshuiyao Village of a serene ancient atmosphere. Then admire the best-kept tulou - Huaiyuan Earthen Building, built in 1905, with the most exquisite architectural technology.
Last but not the least, visit Hekeng Tulou Cluster, including 27 earthen houses of square shape, round shape, quinquangular shape and some other shapes.
Drive back to Xiamen.
Depart Xiamen, and take a flight to Changsha, the provincial capital of
Hunan Province, where you are met and transferred to Zhangjiajie
(about 4 hours’ driving). Zhangjiajie is where the UNESCO-listed
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is located.
Western Grand Hotel Zhangjiajie,
Zhangjiajie Pullman Hotel,
Santa Domingo International Hotel
You’ll find no place on Earth quite like Zhangjiajie. China’s first National Forest Park and a world geology park, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is world-renown for its concentration of quartzite-sandstone formations.
Take cable car up Huangshi Fort (Huangshi Village),
located on the steep cliffs, with a biggest observation deck to marvel
at the soaring sandstone peaks and forests shrouded by fog. Later hike
along Golden Whip Stream for about 2 hours to breathe
fresh air, enjoy the beauty and serenity of water and greenery, and
see birds and small animals having fun all along.
Take thrilling Bailong Elevator, world’s highest outdoor elevator, to rise for 326m in 66 seconds and get to Yuanjiajie Scenic Area. See the “floating Hallelujah Mountains” in Avatar with your own eyes, which is the most stunning one of Zhangjiajie’s three thousand peaks. And admire the “World’s No.1 Bridge”. With a height of more than 300 meters, it is the highest natural stone bridge ever found in the world.
Also explore Tianzi Mountain, another highlight
attraction in Wulingyuan Scenic Area, to overlook the spiked sandstone
forests, sometimes emerging from the seas of clouds.
Tianzi Mountain cableway
Take the world’s longest cableway up to Tianmen Mountain and see the 99 Bends of mountain road in a distance. Walk through the 60-meter-long cliffside glass walkway for incredible views. And also walk up the stairways to admire the Gate to Heaven (may be closed in winter).
Fly from Zhangjiajie to Guangzhou, one of China’s
busiest port cities and one of the exit cities for international
Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre,
Holiday Inn Shifu Guangzhou,
The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou
This morning, drive for about 2.5 hours from your hotel
in Guangzhou to Kaiping, where you will see an architectural treasure
of China with a blend of Chinese fortified watchtowers and several
Western architecture styles like ancient Greek, ancient Rome and
Islamic architectures. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages were list a UNESCO
site in 2007.
First of all, tour Zili Village dating
to 1837. There are 15 beautiful diaolou buildings of different
modelings, with collections of furniture, living facilities, production
equipment and daily life items of 1920s to 1930s. Then visit Liyuan Garden built
in 1926, which is a perfect combination of traditional Chinese garden
and Western architectures. Ramble the over 300-year-old Chikan Old Town
to see more diaolou and traditional structures, and experience the
1980s Chinese lifestyle.
Drive back to Guangzhou.
Enjoy a transfer with your private guide and driver from hotel to the
airport and board your onward international flight. China Culture Tour
service ends. Farewell and safe journey!
- 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.
- 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.