Yes that’s right I am currently out of the office and ready to set off for Shanghai on Saturday. I have applied or my Visa which was a pretty easy application (however it is expensive)…Shanghai does have a visa free period, however because we are travelling outside of that area we had to apply.
the 12 hour flight from Heathrow will be the longest I have done, but a few films a good book and some music and the time should erm…. Fly 🙂
I am going to shanghai to test out a new tour and also check out the hotels and some other points of interest continuing our commitment to checking out as many of the tours and hotels we offer our customers.
This is my itinerary – it looks great (the free day is when we will be checking out other points of interest)
On arrival into Shanghai Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your local guide. You will transfer to your hotel for a one night stay and spend the rest of your day soaking up the local culture.
Shanghai – Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Shanghai is now one of Asia’s most influential cities. Prior to communist arrival in 1949, Shanghai was a city with European-style mansions and was the most important trading port in Asia. Today it presents a blend of cultures; the modern and the traditional, along with the European and oriental. Modern skyscrapers intermingle with 1920s ‘shikumen’ buildings. This combination is what attracts millions of visitors each year.
Begin your day with a ride on the super-fast Maglev train before transferring to Suzhou, renowned for its gardens and quaint charm. This afternoon, visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, one of Suzhou’s UNESCO Heritage gardens depicting classic Chinese garden style. Later, transfer to your hotel in Suzhou for a one night stay.
Suzhou – Suzhou, situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze and close to Shanghai, may be a modern city at first glance, but venture into the old centre and you’ll find a world of meticulously designed classical gardens, cobbled streets and picturesque waterways.
Humble Administrator’s Garden – Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of classical gardens in Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest and is seen as one of the most iconic and beautiful in the area. Dating back to 1509, the Humble Administrator’s Garden was designed by the Ming Dynasty civil servant, Wang Xianchen, as a private garden residence.
This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, another of Suzhou’s superb gardens, dating back to the 16th century. Next, cruise on the thousand year old Grand Canal, an important commercial route for centuries and the longest artificial waterway in the world. Later, return to your hotel in Shanghai for a two night stay.
Grand Canal – China’s Grand Canal is the longest man-made waterway in the world with some sections dating back to the 5th century BC. The section that passes through Suzhou makes for an interesting journey as the banks are lined with places of historical interest and crossed by elegant bridges.
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and a visit to the old town. Next, visit the Silk Museum before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. A delicious Xiao Long Bao lunch will be served at Dintaifeng before visiting the many artefacts at the Shanghai Museum. End the day with a panoramic evening cruise on the Huangpu River and a farewell dinner.
Yu Gardens – The Yu Gardens is seen as one of the most perfect examples of Chinese style gardens. Built by the Ming-era governor, Pan Yunduan, as a retirement gift for his father, the Yu Gardens is home to exquisite jade rock, goldfish-filled ponds and stunning, tranquil pavilions.
Silk Museum – The Silk Museum is an educational journey through the production of silk, one of China’s most famous and luxurious materials. Learn about the use of silkworms and silk moths in its production; the manufacturing process; as well as silk’s journey along the Silk Road which brought this product across Asia and Europe.
The Bund – Recognised as Shanghai’s former ‘Wall Street’, the Bund is home to an impressive collection of buildings from the early trade houses of the 1850s to the glamorous Art Deco modernism of the 1920s. Originally the home of the foreign population of Shanghai, the Bund’s architecture has inherited much western influence and is a stark contrast to the Pudong skyline, sitting across the Huangpu River.
Shanghai Museum – One of the most esteemed and acclaimed museums in China, the Shanghai has a comprehensive collection of ancient Chinese art. The shape of the museum was designed to resemble a Chinese vessel, known as a Ding.
Huangpu River – The Huangpu River flows through the centre of Shanghai and separates the city into Pudong, meaning ‘east of the Huangpu’ and Puxi, ‘west of the Huangpu’. Cruising down the river, you will see the contrast of the historical Bund architecture on one side of the river with the modern Pudong skyline on the other side. At night, the banks of the Huangpu light up, turning Shanghai into a neon wonder.
Today is at leisure to explore this fascinating city with your driver (within 80km in the city from 0930am to 1700pm).
After checkout, transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight back to the UK.
Looks Great doesn’t it?
Stay tuned for pictures and write ups of my experience when I am back