Day 1: Beijing-Shanghai (by bullet train) (D)
You will take China's newest and the world's fastest bullet express train to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai. You'll experience China's world-leading high-speed train technology. Your local English-speaking guide will meet you whenever you arrive at the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. For your stay in Shanghai you’ll be lodging at a 3 or 4 star hotel (such as Holiday Inn Express for normal tours) or a 5 star hotel (for deluxe tours).
You will then be taken to your hotel, and then you'll have dinner at a local Shanghai restaurant, where you can experience Shanghai cuisine,which is remarkably lighter and sweeter than most other Chinese dishes. Then we’ll go to the most recognizable landmark of Shanghai, the Bund. The Bund is a waterfront embankment and has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It affords marvelous views across the river of the Pudong district and its numerous towers. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. At night the Bund and the surrounding skyscrapers are all lit up, making for a fabulous night on the town!
Day 2: Shanghai (B, L)
Following breakfast in the hotel we'll head out to Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is a famed classical garden, and even though it may be small, it contains numerous pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters, and all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas in the garden: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.
After experiencing the charm of the old street, we will take a time machine from old Shanghai into the city’s glittering present and future, which the Financial Center Tower is a prime example. Being the fourth tallest building of the world and the second tallest building in China. The tower’s observation decks give you an almost bird’s eye view of the city’s rapidly rising skyline.
Our next destination today is the Jade Buddha Temple. In 1882, an old temple was built to keep two jade Buddha statues which had been brought from Burma by a monk named Huigen. The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple. Although the history of the Jade Buddha Temple is not very long, the old-time and classical architectural style makes the temple unique and inimitable in this modern city.
Your first full day in Shanghai will conclude with a walk down Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s premier shopping street. Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance evening strolls. A trackless sightseeing train provides a comfortable tour of the night-transformed pedestrian street. Flashing neon signs illuminate the magnificent buildings and spangle the night skyline of this lively city.
Our last stop is the former French Concession. The Shanghai French Concession was a foreign concession in Shanghai, China from 1849 until 1946, and it was progressively expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The concession came to an end in practice in 1943 when the Vichy French government signed it over to the pro-Japanese puppet government in Nanking. The area covered by the former French Concession was, for much of the 20th century, the premier residential and retail districts of Shanghai, and was also the center of Catholicism in Shanghai. Despite rampant re-development over the last few decades, the area retains a distinct character, and is a popular tourist destination.
The rest of the evening can be spent at your own leisure.
Day 3: Shanghai-Beijing (by bullet train) (B)
After brakfast in the hotel, you will be taken to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and you will take the new high-speed bullet train back to Beijing (approx. 5 hours).
Many guests spend one more day in Shanghai to see Shanghai's past. Zhujiajiao Watertown in the suburb is a reflection of Shanghai of hundreds of years ago. Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years.
Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquility.
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