Day 1: Beijing-Shanghai (by bullet train) (D)
You will take China's high-speed bullet train to China's largest and most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai. Your local English-speaking guide will meet you when you arrive at the Shanghai Railway Station. You'll stay in a 3 or 4-star hotel (such as Holiday Inn Express for standard tours) or a 5-star hotel (for deluxe tours).
After checking into your hotel, you'll have dinner at a local Shanghai restaurant, where you can experience Shanghai cuisine. Shanghai cuisine is remarkably lighter and sweeter than most other Chinese dishes. After the meal, we'll go to the most recognizable landmark of Shanghai, the Bund. The Bund is a waterfront 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 at the west side of the Bund is the 52 various 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. Even though it may be small, it contains numerous pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds, cloisters, and 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 site features several scenic spots within its borders.
After experiencing the old street's charm, we will visit the Financial Center Tower, a prime example of the city's glittering present and future. As the fourth tallest building in 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. It was called 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 from 1849 until 1946. 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.
Day 3: Shanghai-Beijing (by bullet train) (B)
After brakfast in the hotel, you will be taken to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. 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.
FIRST LANDING IN SHANGHAI?
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