A Week in Eastern China

Shanghai, Suzhou & Hangzhou

From $3000 per person in low season
From $3700 per person in high season

based on 5 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Vacations

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  • Carefully curated hotel retreats to help you explore the finest of Eastern China in style

  • Walk through Suzhou's famous UNESCO-listed gardens and learn about the history of silk production

  • Let us whisk you away from the typical Hangzhou tourist trail into the hidden Guo's Villa and Maojiabu scenic area

  • Feel the awe of Shanghai, where the colonial charms of the Bund stretch just across the river from Pudong's glittering skyline

  • Whether you are a first-timer or third-timer in Eastern China, our insider specialist will help tailor-make a list of brand new experiences just for you

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Shanghai and eastern China’s subtropical climate brings with it four distinct seasons. The weather is generally mild and temperate, with a great deal of rainfall even in the drier months of the year. The frequent monsoon showers and scorching temperatures of June, July and August can make it uncomfortably humid, with the mercury regularly rising over 35°C. Winter is overcast and chilly, although snow seldom falls in this eastern region of China. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Shanghai and eastern China, with pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists.


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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.


This classic itinerary showcases the highlights of Eastern China: the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, the classical gardens of Suzhou and the iconic water town of Hangzhou which was described as the highlight of Marco Polo's famous voyage. For second-timers, we can also tailor-make brand new experiences in these evergreen destinations.

  1. Days 1-3: Shanghai

    With its vertiginous skyscrapers, charming colonial streets and ancient alleys existing side by side, Shanghai epitomizes the heart of modern China where the Eastern tradition blends seamlessly with Western culture. During your stay in Shanghai, we will visit enjoy a visit to the Bund which overlooks the glittering Pudong Skyline. Continue to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Municipal History Museum, French Concession, as well as the early 1930s Shikumen House. After two nights, you will be picked up for high-speed train transfer to Suzhou.

    If you want to stay more nights in Shanghai or have been to the main highlights before, speak to us and we can recommend other trails which follow the M50 Art District, the Jewish heritage or the religious trail which gets you into the hidden Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Taoist sites in this cultural crossroads. Alternatively, we can also arrange numerous day trips to nearby water towns such as Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang, Xitang or Fengjing.

    Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Suzhou & Wuxi

    Idyllic canals, stone bridges, pagodas and over 60 landscaped Chinese gardens dot every inches and corners of Suzhou. Here, you will visit the Humble Administrator's Garden and Pan Gate. Explore the huge collection of cultural relics in Suzhou Museum and learn about the silk history at Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory. After a night in Suzhou, you will be transferred via train to Hangzhou.

    Looking for other ideas in Suzhou? Our typical second-timer itinerary includes a visit to the Tiger Hill, Master of the Nets and the Lingering Garden, concluding with a cruise at the Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal. Alternatively, we can also arrange day trip to Tongli Water Town, Nanxun Water Town or Wuxi with its imposing Lingshan Buddha and Turtle Head Island.

    Accommodation: Tsingpu Suzhou Retreat (1 night)

  3. Days 4-6: Hangzhou

    No trip to Hangzhou is complete without the quintessential boat ride across the famous West Lake, which had served as an inspiration for countless painters and poets for its idyllic beauty. We will visit Guo's Garden, Leifeng Pagoda and the China National Tea Museum to understand the long history and culture associated with the Chinese tea. In the evening, enjoy an impressive spectacle of the Impression of West Lake show.

    The next morning, you will have one of the following options:

    Option 1: After a visit to the remarkable Lingyin Temple, we head into the Longjing Green Tea plantation and Meijiawu Village to appreciate the tea culture. Continue into the zen-like bamboo forest of Yunqi before concluding at Qinghefang old street.

    Option 2: Get off-the-beaten track into the ancient Shanxiang Pilgrim's Trail through the tranquil Maojiabu and the three temples of Tianzhu before descending into Fayun Village.

    Option 3: Dive into the Taoist culture as you visit the sacred Yuhuang temple, the Octagonal Royal Farm Field before learning about the silk history at China Silk Museum. We continue into the City God Tower before descending into the romantic Wansong Academy.

    On your final day, you will enjoy a boat ride along the Xixi Wetland to appreciate the "Three Causeways" and "Ten Sights".

    Looking to stay more nights in Hangzhou? We can arrange day hike to Moganshan, the Taoist Mountain of Baochu, or visit Shaoxing's scenic area which is also the birthplace of iconic writer Lu Xun. Else, we recommend overnight visit to the rural countryside of Anji for green tea picking, bamboo shoot harvesting or rafting in Shenxi Canyon.

    Accommodation: Muh Shoou Xixi Hotel (2 nights)


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