tongli water town

Eastern China Educational Tour

SH-05: 5-Day Student Tour to Shanghai and Its Neighborhood

Discovering Shanghai’s highlights, touring ancient water town of Tongli and admiring the beauty of West Lake, our student tour takes you to eastern China to learn traditional about Chinese culture and local people’s life.

CET Adventages:

  • Birds-eye view of Shanghai from the Oriental Pearl Tower
  • International architecture exhibition along the Bund
  • Close look at Shanghai’s local residents
  • Boat ride in Tongli Water Town
  • Bike riding beside The West Lake
  • Learn about Chinese medicine and tea culture
Price from: USD449 per person

Full Itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Shanghai

Our representative will be waiting for you at the airport/train station with your name sign. Your private guide and driver will take you to your hotel. The city orientation will be presented on the way. The rest of day will be free for your own rest or exploration.

Good to know:
We select centrally-located hotels, which allow you explore the surroundings easily. Ask your guide for recommendations of eateries and evening activities.

Day 02: Shanghai City Highlights (B,L)

shikumen Shikumen

Your guide will wait for you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. You will learn about Shanghai city by visiting its most popular attractions. Yuyuan Garden is the representative of private-owned classical gardens. Man-made hills, lakes, trees, corridors and houses are well-preserved. The scenery changes at every turn. Yuyuan Market is the best place to buy some souvenirs and practice your bargaining skills. Lots of restaurants are worth a try. Shikumen is a typical Shanghai style dwelling with a distinctive lintel of exquisite carvings of flowers and animals. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city from Oriental Pearl Tower. Travel back to Shanghai's stylish 1930s by strolling along The Bund.

Recommended: Night life at Xintiandi is recommended to experience. It is the best place for shopping, dinning and night clubs.

Day 03: Suzhou & Tongli Water Town (B,L)

Humble Administrator Garden Humble Administrator Garden

Take a morning speed train to Suzhou after breakfast. Upon arrival at Suzhou train station, your guide will be waiting right outside the exit. Driving about 30 minutes, you will arrive at Tongli Water Town, a small peaceful town sometimes known as “Venice in the East”. A boat ride gives opportunity for a close look at local people’s life style and the old neighborhood. The Humble Administrator Garden, with a history of 500 years, is one of the four largest and best-preserved gardens in China. Pay a visit to No. 1 Silk Factory; you will learn how silk thread is made out of a cocoon and how a silk comforter is made. Chinese dumplings will be served as lunch today.

Free time recommendation: Bike riding along the Grand Canal, strolling along the old street, there are a lot more things for you to discover on your own. Feel free to ask your guide for more information.

Day 04: Hangzhou Day Trip (B,L)

west lake West Lake Boat Ride

It takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to travel from Suzhou to Hangzhou by speed train. The transfers between your hotels and train stations are arranged by us to make it a worry free trip. Hangzhou, along with Suzhou, enjoys a high reputation for its beauty, with West Lake as its symbol. A bike riding tour around the lake is highly recommended to fully enjoy the charm of the water, causeway and pagodas. Ming and Qing Street is a busy shopping street in architecture style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Wandering along the street is lots of fun and you could even try some of the local snacks. The Museum of Huqingy Tang Traditional Chinese Medicines is located right on the street. As part of rich Chinese culture, Chinese medicine is sought-after worldwide. This museum provides a great opportunity for you to learn more about Chinese medicine.

Evening activity: An outdoor live show, Impression West Lake, is highly recommended to make your night more enjoyable.

Day 05: Departure (B)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departure. Your guide and driver will take you directly to the airport or train station for your next destination.

What's Included:

  • Private guide and driver service from beginning to the end
  • Return train tickets between the two cities
  • Entrance fee to the listed spots
  • Chinese food in popular local restaurants
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

Hotel Options:

City Standard Comfortable Deluxe
Shanghai Kingtown Hotel Plaza Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai
Suzhou Garden Hotel Holiday Inn Jasmine Suzhou Pan Pacific Suzhou
Hangzhou Enjoyor Hotel Haihua Hotel Hangzhou Landison Plaza Hotel