Like a pearl set in the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, Hangzhou and Suzhou are rivals for the position of "Heaven on Earth" and it truly is hard to separate them. This tour is an excellent combination of the two amazing cities.
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This extension is suitable for those who wish to visit the beautiful garden cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou. This extension is private and therefore not all meals are included, which gives you the opportunity to occasionally select your own dining venue, allowing you to immerse further into Chinese culture.
This morning you will be met at your Shanghai hotel and transferred to Suzhou. Also known as the 'Venice of the East', Suzhou is a town famous for its plethora of traditional landscaped gardens.
Visit the Master of the Nets Garden and visit its inner sanctum with its 'master's study' of Ming-style furnishings and architecture. Wander around the Lingering Garden, best known for its exquisite architectural art, before cruising along a section of the Grand Canal. (B,L)
Travel to Hangzhou which is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery. Stroll through the local markets and experience oriental tea-tasting. (B,L)
Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, the largest temple in southern China and the Six Harmonies Pagoda before enjoying a relaxing cruise on the tranquil West Lake. (B,L)
Leave Hangzhou and return to Shanghai. Upon arrival at your Shanghai hotel your arrangements end. (B)
The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.