6 Days Amazing Shanghai Plus Tour + 6 days Exotic Japan Cruise
TOUR CODE China-Japan-Tour 2019
Shanghai, Suzhou, HangZhou, Kumamoto, Fukuoka
Day 1 LAX - HangZhou
Fly out from LAX to HangZhou China (Nonstop Flight)
Day 2 HangZhou (L, D)
Upon arrival at HangZhou, ZheJiang Province, you will embark on a delightful lake cruise of the famous West Lake area where you will enjoy nature's beauty of both the SuTi Causeway and the HuaGang Park gardens (...it was once a private garden to a Song Dynasty imperial official cir.1127-1279) these gardens and Koi ponds are still an inspiration for tourist, artists and landscapers alike.
• Hotel: White Horse Lake Jianguo or Similar 5*
Day 3 Hangzhou - Wuxi (B, L, D)
You will visit Dragon Well Tea Plantation to learn about Chinese tea culture by observing the unique process of tea production and witness a traditional tea serving ceremony.
Afterwards you will take a luxury coach to WuXi (woo-shee) to visit Lake TaiHu and the favorite spot called Tortoise Head Garden where you can find large protruding rocks resembling a tortoise.
Explore caves and ancient style architecture amidst lush bamboo and cherry tree forests. Tortoise Head Garden is a must see when you visit WuXi and it's Lake TaiHu.
• Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton or Similar 5*
Day 4 Wuxi - Suzhou (B, L, D)
You will visit the Fresh Water Pearl Exhibition Center to learn about the growing and harvest process of fresh water pearls. Pearls here are known to be of the best pearl quality. Most pearls found in the emperor's palace come from Lake TaiHu.
Next, you will visit Panmen Gate. Originally built during the "Spring and Autumn period" in the state of Wu. Historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old. It is now part of the three landmarks of the Pan Gate Scenic Area. The three are: the RuiGuang Pagoda, (the earliest pagoda in SuZhou built in 2470), the Wu Gate Bridge (the highest bridge and entrance for SuZhou) and the Panmen Gate.
Next, you will visit TongLi, (aka "Water Town") one of China's famous ancient water towns. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site (optional program). Visit the Retreat and Reflection Garden, Visit ChongBen Hall and JiaYin Hall and the more than 50 bridges found in this quaint small town.
• Hotel:Grand Metro Park Hotel Suzhou or Similar 5*
Day 5 Suzhou - Shanghai (B, L, D)
You will visit the Garden of the Master of the Nets, it is among the finest gardens in China - This garden as well as other classical SuZhou gardens are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for combining art, nature, and architecture to create unique masterpieces.
Next, you will visit a silk factory to learn about China's rich silk culture, history and production processes. See tiny silkworms, cocoons and the process of silkworm breeding, cocoon selecting, silk reeling, silk weaving, etc. Appreciate and/or take opportunity to purchase these products of silk, ie: garments, shoes, fans, quilts, etc.
Transfer to Shanghai, This night, you may want to enjoy a ShangHai harbor cruise (optional program). Experience the incandescent beauty of The Bund, Shanghai's cosmopolitan cultural district, on an evening tour of the waterfront. See the city's most significant landmarks aboard a cruise boat and watch the city sparkle from the shimmering HuangPu River.
• Hotel: Guoman or Similar 5*
Day 6 Shanghai (B, L, D)
You will visit Yu Garden, a classical garden ranking among the must-see attractions in ShangHai. It dates back to the Ming Dynasty (cir.1368-1644) Yu Garden is small in size, yet contains all the traditional elements of classical Chinese gardens: ornamental trees, pavilions, pagodas, bridges, ponds and water features, statues/monoliths, etc... each having their unique characteristics.
Next, you will walk around the popular Cheng Huang Miao market, one of the most scenic areas for shopping with locals and visitors. It's stone road gives a feeling found in the famous Chinese painting "Riverside scene of QingMing Festival". You can find local Chinese handicrafts, exclusive gifts, wonderful souvenirs and various other exquisite items here.
Next, you will visit the Bund and Nanjing Road. For a century, the Bund has been one of the most recognizable symbols of pride for Shanghai. The architecture along the Bund is a living postcard of the colonial history from the 1800s. An afternoon in ShangHai is not complete without a visit to the Bund. Stretching for almost 5 kilometers, from the Bund through to JingAn Temple, Nanjing Road features over 600 business including massive modern multi-level shopping malls, historic stores, specialty stores, theaters, world-class hotels, attractions and much more. Nanjing Road dates back to the Qing Dynasty (cir.1644-1912) and many of the same shops are still business today. Enjoy buffet lunch at Grand Mercure hotel.
• Hotel: Guoman or Similar 5*
Day 7 Shanghai - Spectrum of the Seas
(B, L, D)
You will spend this morning free at leisure before we escort you to the cruise terminal to embark on the cruise. The Spectrum of the Seas, is Royal Caribbean's first Quantum Ultra-Class ship and having just been launched in the spring of 2019, it'll be a Far East adventure full of achievement and firsts for your voyage.
Day 9 Kumamoto (Free day)
The pretty city of Kumamoto is the capital of the Kumamoto Prefecture and is part of the island of Kyushu. Like many cities in Japan, Kumamoto is known for having a stunning castle which is close in proximity to the mighty Mount Aso (ah-so). Mt. Aso, is an inactive live volcano, which has led to the city being also known as "Hi No Kuni" which means 'Fire Country' in Japanese.
As well as the castle and mountain, Kumamoto is also a place where you can explore a number of interesting museums, galleries and shopping arcades or you can also go for a leisurely afternoon walk in the beautiful Japanese gardens that adorn the city.
Day 10 Fukuoka (Free day)
Fukuoka is the capital city of the Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan and also has the claim to fame of being the biggest city on the island of Kyushu. With that in mind, this is an excellent place to start if you are looking to visit Kyushu which sees a lot of domestic tourists but far fewer international travelers.
This city makes a great base as it is full of modern amenities, but you can also check out its historical side in the form of temples, shrines, and ancient buildings. Another great draw in Fukuoka is that it is located next to the sea, so you can also enjoy time at the beach and get out on the water.
Day 12 Shanghai - LAX (B, L, D)
Pick up from cruise Terminal BaoShan. Visit XinTianDi, New Heaven and Earth is an affluent walking/car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district of Shanghai. The district is composed of an area of reconstituted traditional mid-19th century ShiKuMen ("stone gate") houses on narrow alleys, some adjoining houses which now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants, and shopping malls. Most of the cafes and restaurants feature both indoor and outdoor seating. XinTianDi has an active nightlife on weekdays as well as weekends, though romantic settings are more common than loud music and dance places, it is considered one of the first "lifestyle centers" in China.
Then visit the ShangHai HuTong (TianZhiFang), this area retains an old and original feel because the area hasn't been renovated/updated in past 100 years. Instead you'll see buildings, narrow alleys and small streets of the old French Quarter with later Chinese additions piled on. In an effort to stave off redevelopment, in the middle of the last decade, artists, business owners, and residents in the area banded together and preserved the original architecture. Though it is still a Chinese residential area, it has become famous for arts and craft shops and lesser expensive restaurants, bars, and cafes. Thousands of Chinese still live in the apartments above the shops.
After dinner transfer to HangZhou Airport to Los Angeles.
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