Super Value Tours - Yangtze River Delta (Mt Huangshan, Suzhou, Hangzhou) - 9 Days_Hongcun, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Wuzhen, Suzhou, Shanghai

Yangtze River Delta (Mt Huangshan, Suzhou, Hangzhou) - 9 Days

2019

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Hongcun, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Wuzhen, Suzhou, Shanghai

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We include only the best highlights and leave out the tourist traps so you can fully experience some of China’s most breathtaking sights.

Travel to places where the beauty of the real world is greater than fantasy. Southern China is known as one of the most artistic regions in the country and has inspired artists for centuries. On this special itinerary, overnight on fairytale mountaintops, stroll streets of cobblestone in a canal town, and explore beautiful landscapes.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF MOUNT HUANGSHAN + JIANGNAN

Huangshan Region:

  • Hongcun Village: Exploring Hongcun is like walking into a perfect photograph of ancient China.
  • Huangshan Mountain: Before designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Huangshan's unique beauty above the clouds was inspiring writers and artists for thousands of years. Stay on the peak for two nights, ride breathtaking cable cars, hike local trails, meditate under remarkable sunsets... enjoy ample time to explore one of China's ultimate treasures.

Jiangnan Region: 

  • Hangzhou: This beautiful area has inspired artists for centuries. Our itinerary is designed with taste to show you the atmosphere of West Lake and avoid the crowds
  • Wuzhen: Indulge in the poetic mood of this water town with our morning walking tour and twilight gondola tour of the famous canals
  • Suzhou: Tour the Humble Administrator's Garden and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum. See why Suzhou is known for its gardens, and warm, gentle style.

 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Huangshan: Xihai Hotel –  The best hotel on Huangshan Mountain. Enjoy exotic scenery, peculiar rock formations, clouds and sunrise from this unique location.
  • Hangzhou: Midtown Shangri-La Hotel – Opened in 2016, 5-minute walk to West Lake.
  • Wuzhen: Dockside Boutique Hotel – Classical Jiangnan garden style, with views of the water straight from your window, take in the slow atmosphere of Wuzhen.
  • Shanghai: Peace Hotel – The immortal luxury legend sits on the banks of the Huangpu River (Shanghai’s largest river), right on the 100-year old Bund District

 

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences with you. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. Instead of standard tourist-grade meals, you will have a chance to taste authentic Chinese delicacies.

 

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable guide with extensive Super Value training.

  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details

  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.

  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip.

  • Porterage service included at every hotel.

 

Important note for Visas: Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

 

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Itinerary
Day1

767 Depart North America for Tunxi, China (Connection required in TPE or PVG)

Day2

Arrive in Tunxi (TXN), Anhui Province (Dinner)

  • "Ni Hao" or "Welcome" to China! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and bring you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 2:00PM~9:00PM.
  • Our centrally-located hotel gives you access to explore the city.

DinnerLight Dinner HotelCrown Plaza Hotel Huangshan (Deluxe River View Rooms facing Xin'an River)

Day3

Tunxi  (40 Miles, 1.5 Hours) Hongcun Village  (20 Miles, 1 Hour) Huangshan Mountain【3 Meals】

  • Hongcun: Location of Ang Lee's film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. With Huizhou style folk houses sitting atop small ponds and classic bridges, the distinctive powder white walls and gray tile roofs form a memorable image.
  • Huangshan Mountain: Ascend Huangshan aboard the Taiping cable car, enjoy an easy hike around our hotel near the peak, & optionally, take part in a sunset walking tour at dusk (5200-6000 ft above sea level, 30 minutes; difficulty factor ★★☆☆☆)
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchSelected Local Specialties DinnerHotel Dinner HotelHuangshan Xihai Hotel (Best Hotel on Huangshan, newly built in 2013)

Day4

Huangshan【3 Meals】

  • Huangshan: Explore this large-scale natural museum lush with culture, landscape, and wildlife (5200-6100ft above sea level)
    • Wake up early and hike to Danxia Peak, the best spot to view the sunrise over a sea of clouds (depending on weather, free to join).
    • Huangshan Exploration Tour: Choose one of three itineraries to match your interest and fitness
      A. In-depth hike to the Huangshan's most majestic viewpoints.
      B. Leisurely hike to the classic landscape of Houshan ("back of the mountain")
      C. Free time to enjoy beauty of Huangshan from our hotel
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchSelected Local Specialties DinnerHotel Dinner HotelHuangshan Xihai Hotel (Best Hotel on Huangshan, newly built in 2013)

Day5

Huangshan smiley (60 Miles, 1.5 Hours) Tunxi smiley (130 Miles, 3 Hours) Hangzhou【3 Meals】

  • Hangzhou West Lake
    • Leifeng Pagoda: Climb to the top for the best panoramic view of West Lake.
    • Leifeng Sunset: From Long Bridge Park in the southeastern corner of West Lake, watch the twilight sun over Leifeng Pagoda, named "one of the best sunsets in China" by CNN.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchHui-style Cuisine DinnerLocal Specialties of Hangzhou Region HotelMidtown Shangri-La Hangzhou (10 minute walk to West Lake)

Day6

Hangzhou  (52 Miles, 80 minutes) Wuzhen Watertown【3 Meals】

  • Hangzhou West Lake: lakeshore bus tour, walking tour on Baidi Causeway, pleasure boat cruise, Huagang Guanyu Garden, ride an electric cart to tour the Six Bridges of Su... enjoy the best comprehensive experience of West Lake
  • Wuzhen
    • Evening canal cruise: Drift the canals of Wuzhen aboard classic wooden boats (8 guests per boat)
    • Special free time arrangements to let you have ample time to savor the charm and relaxing atmosphere of Jiangnan's most well-known water town.
  • We include special arrangements for upgraded waterfront rooms (1 large bed) on a first come, first served basis. In case you need twin rooms (2 beds per room), please kindly let us know at time of booking. Twin rooms do not have a waterfront view.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchHangzhou Dim Sum DinnerWuzhen Local Specialties HotelWuzhen Dockside Boutique Hotel (Deluxe Double Rooms)

Day7

Wuzhen  (60 Miles, 1 hour 40 minutes) Suzhou  (60 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes ) Shanghai【3 Meals】

  • Wuzhen
    • Early morning walking tour, enjoy the serenity of Wuzhen before the crowds arrive (Free to join)
    • Explore the folk customs of Wuzhen: Visit Zhaoming Academy, Wuzhen Folk Museum, Dyeing Workshop, & Lotus Foot Binding Museum
  • Suzhou
    • Suzhou Museum: Designed by acclaimed Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei (Louvre Pyramid, Miho Museum) in his ancestral hometown of Suzhou, our museum tour includes a great range of modern and classic artwork, including pieces by masters from Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties (1000AD - 1900AD)  video preview
    • Humble Administrator's Garden: the best garden in Southern China. Stroll pavilions, & enjoy tea to relive ancient Suzhou
Wuzhen Early Morning 烏鎮清晨-1.jpg Suzhou Ancient Art Museum 蘇州博物館2.jpg Humble Administrator's Garden 拙政園裡聽評彈.jpg

BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchLocal Specialties DinnerClassic Specialties of Shanghai HotelFairmont Peace Hotel (Walking distance from the Bund)

Day8

Shanghai【Breakfast, Lunch】

  • Pudong Binjiang Avenue: Stop by the famous Binjiang Ave parkway to enjoy Shanghai's most iconic view.
  • Shanghai Tower: Ascend China's tallest building; feel the vibrant life of Shanghai at your feet while overlooking the majestic panorama of this metropolis.
  • Old City God Temple District: Visit local eateries and markets of old Shanghai.
  • Afternoon Free time: Explore the bustling city with the help of our suggestions and maps.
  • Shanghai's Legendary Old Jazz Band: The performers here are famously ancient. Listen to the classic melodies of the last century and relive the glamour of 1930s Shanghai (must be 18 years or older to enter)
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchSelected Local Specialties DinnerNot Included-Explore Shanghai with Our Helpful Maps and Suggestions HotelFairmont Peace Hotel (Walking distance from the Bund)

Day9

Shanghai Next Destination【Breakfast】

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by a Super Value Tours representative. "Zai Jian" or "Goodbye!"

 *Airport send off available from 11:00AM-8:30PM (PVG) or 11:00AM-8:30PM (SHA)

Guests with more time may elect to stay on in Shanghai independently. Please contact Super Value staff for assistance with extension ideas.

BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast

Health & Safety 

  • This tour involves standing and walking for up to 1 hour at a time over inclined or uneven streets.
  • Many areas of this tour are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Huangshan hiking: If you plan to choose one of the hiking courses on Huangshan mountain, we suggest bringing trekking poles, knee support braces, and comfortable hiking shoes.

 

Passports & Visas

  • Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  Visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no unmarked options are sold on tour.
 

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • We are staying on Huangshan Mountain for 2 nights. Because large luggage cannot be carried to the peak, we will provide backpacks for you to use during this time.
  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.

 

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village is the best representation of Huizhou style architecture and folk dwellings. 

Built in 1131, the village comprises of 140 ancient houses from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Geographically arranged in the shape of an ox, the ancient village is integrated into the natural landscape; each household is connected by a waterway. The courtyards are in harmony with the lakes and mountains, and beautiful scenery can be found in every corner, so it is easy to see why it is known as the "village in a Chinese painting." Scenes from the Oscar-winning film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" were filmed here, and in 2000, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Huangshan

The prestigious Huangshan Mountain is the most famous mountain in China. Its natural majesty rivals the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. 

In 1990, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its scenery and as a habitat for rare and threatened species. Unusual pines, interesting rocks, sea of clouds, hot springs, and winter snow are considered the "5 Musts of Huangshan," as the scenery is uniquely distinct in each season. Spring mountain flowers are lush with bright purples and reds, summer rivers are lively and green, autumn sees mountains dyed in reds, and the silvery winter wraps pines in serenity.

Shixin Feng ("Beginning to Believe Peak")

All the sites around Huangshan are uniquely magical, but Shixin Peak is one of the most well known. Located in the eastern part of Huangshan, Shixin Peak shoots above precarious cliffs and stands 5,400 feet above sea level. Here, the cliff face is stark, delicate, and dramatic. The peaks and gullies are deep and quiet, and the winds unpredictable.

Literally translated as "Beginning to Believe Peak," its unusual name is derived from legend. According to historic accounts, a Ming Dynasty geographer (14th century) was skeptical of the unbeleivable descriptions of Huangshan's beauty. Upon arriving here to see for himself, he was immediately awestricken, and carved "Shixin" or "Beginning to believe" into a stone.

Paiyun ("Row of Clouds") Pavilion

Located in the "West Sea" section of Huangshan, Paiyun (Row of Clouds) Pavilion is named for the wide panoramic views of clouds from this mountaintop resting area.  Foggy and mistay times are considered the most picturesque, as you can see the tips of mountains peeking through the clouds, like countless islands in a vast ocean of sky and clouds. One of five viewing platforms of Huangshan National Park, it is one of the best spots to watch the beautiful scenery of Mount Huangshan.

Qingliang Tai ("Refreshing Terrace")

Qingliang Tai (Refreshing Terrace) is one of five viewing platforms in Huangshan. Directly in front of the platform, we can observe the quiet shifting of nature as clouds dance around dramatic granite peaks stretching far beyond the horizon. A popular spot for watching the sunrise of Huangshan.


Guangming Ding ("Bright Summit Peak")

One of the main peaks of Huangshan Mountain, Bright Summit Peak is the second highest, at 6100 ft above sea level. Here, the front and back sides of the mountain come together to form a natural border.

The name Bright Summit Peak derives from the expansive space and lingering sunshine here. During the Ming Dynasty period (1368–1644), a monk constructed a temple in this location, which houses a weather station today. The top is flat and the view is wide; from this location, you will get a great view of various sights including: Lotus Flower, Tiandu, Yuyu, and Yuping Peaks. Locals often say, "If you have not visited Bright Summit Peak, you have not seen the real scenery of Huangshan"

Aoyu ("Big Turtle") Peak

5800 ft above sea level, Aoyu Peak is the first of the 36 peaks of Huangshan Mountain, and is said to resemble an Aoyu [mythical animal similar to a turtle]. A triangular hole engraved with the characters "Made in Heaven" sits at the top of the peak, and stairways to the cave lets visitors pass through the hole.  On the left side of the summit, you can see the Lotus Peaks rising high and clouds on the right along with the West Sea Xiantao Stone on the right. 

Suzhou Museum

The museum is a masterpiece designed the Chinese-American architectural master, I.M. Pei, in his ancestral hometown of Suzhou. Unlike other museums, the edifice itself is a treasure in addition to the precious collections inside. The Suzhou Museum draws on the essence of Suzhou classical gardens, allowing the classic colors of blue bricks, white powdered walls and tiles to sing the main theme. The style and materials are based on the modernist and cubist style that I.M. Pei is best known for. The unique combination of traditional spiritual culture and contemporary architectural art makes it one of the most beautiful museums in China.

Humble Administrator's Garden

"The gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou's gardens are the best among them."

Built in 1509, the garden is considered the greatest example of the unique style of the Yangtze Delta (Jiangnan). Together with the Beijing Summer Palace, the Chengde Summer Palace, and the Lingering Garden of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's garden are the four famous gardens of China. 

The garden was the retirement project of a Ming Dynasty government official named Wang Xiancheng. Frustrated with not being able to meet grandiose professional aspirations, he escaped to his private residence upon retirement to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening and landscaping by planting trees and cultivating vegetables. He thought this was a suitable life led by a humble man like him, hence the name of the garden. In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. A visit to the garden brings a feeling of peace and tranquility.

Pudong Binjiang Avenue

Binjiang Avenue and Binjiang Park is a waterfront pedestrian area with one of the best views of the iconic Shanghai skyline. Running with the Huangpu River, the full length of the boulevard spans 1.5 miles and serves several purposes including shopping, leisure, and even flood control. A leisurely stroll down Binjiang Avenue is a great way to take in the wonders of Shanghai. Witness the amazing speed at which Shanghai moves mixed against the quiet majesty of the Huangpu River. 

City God Temple - Yuyuan Market

Shanghai's most distinctive and fun tourist destination. 

The Old City Temple carries the spirit of the Shanghainese and the city's original memories. Traditionally, it has been known as a sacred place to see devout pilgrims, quaint Ming and Qing architecture, and gain insight into China's old industries. Today, it's also famous as a place to find delicious street snacks such as soup dumplings, xiao long bao, sweet buns, savory pancakes, and onion noodles.

Tunxi: Crown Plaza Huangshan Yucheng

Located in the Tunxi District of Huangshan City at the foot of Huangshan Scenic Area, our hotel is adjacent to Xin'an River, so we can take a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks in the morning or evening. The hotel design combines Huizhou culture with modern art, so our guests may enjoy the luxury and comfort of an internationally-renowned five star brand, while also experiencing the profound cultural heritage and distinct regional characteristics of Huangshan.

Huangshan Mountain: Huangshan Xihai Hotel

Enjoy a great stay in Huangshan's best hotel. At an altitude of 5250 ft, the Xihai (lit. "West Sea") Hotel is named for its prime location in the West Sea [of Clouds] Grand Canyon. The peak of Huangshan is inaccessible to vehicles - most items to local hotels must be hand-carried, so amenities are simple, but our stay here is still a comfortable experience. Surrounded by beautiful pines and dramatic rock faces, the hotel design follows the style of a Huizhou style folk house and harmoniously integrates with the natural scenery of Huangshan. Our stay right on the peak gives us a chance to avoid the heavy crowds before most visitors start their ascent.

Hangzhou: Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou

Located in the heart of Hangzhou, just a 5 minute walk to the West Lake. Another World Heritage Site, the Grand Canal, is also within easy reach. The style of Hangzhou can be seen everywhere in the hotel, filled with the beauty and exquisiteness of the Yangtze delta region. The beautiful scenery of the West Lake, which is woven into silk, is set on both sides of the lobby. The luxurious and comfortable rooms are elegant and modern. 

Wuzhen: Wuzhen Dockside Boutique Hotel

Bordered by the old Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, this hotel was once an inn and rest area for traders and travelers on the ancient canals. In 2010, this classic inn was rebuilt, and after a renovation period of two years, the result is a luxury resort which passes down the cultural charm of the original Jiangnan style with ornate wooden joists, expertly-crafted roofs, long corridors, and a quiet atmosphere. The quiet waters of the canals can be seen directly from the window of our rooms, and you can walk straight into a world of ancient trees and greenery along quaint local alleys.


* We book waterfront rooms (double bed room) for our guests. Due to the limited number of rooms, priority will be given on a first-come-first served basis. If you need a twin room, please let us know in advance. Twin rooms are not available with waterfront views.


Shanghai: Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

Special Features: location, historic atmosphere & reputation

When this legendary hotel first opened in the 1920s, it welcomed distinguished guests from all over the world, including General Marshall, Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw. Its prime location along the Bund and luxurious construction earned the hotel fame and preference as the site of many important social and political milestones.

Restored in 2010, the Peace Hotel today is a renown landmark of Shanghai offering a great balance of comfort and convenience.

The hotel is also renown for its Old Jazz Bar, popular with the local expatriate community. Here, the Old Jazz Band (band members average over 70 years old!), offers a special chance for us to relive the glamour of roaring twenties Shanghai in person.

  • Longjing Prawns


  • Southern Style Baked Bamboo


  • Pan Fried Egg


  • Braised Duck with Wine Sauce


  • Longjing Tea Cake


  • Emperor's Hotpot with Melon


  • Sweet Pumpkin Porridge


  • Hui Style Fried Rice


  • Hu Style Hotpot


  • Huizhou Pork Ribs


  • Chinese Mustard Greens with Chicken


  • Southern Style Pumpkin Dumplings


  • Duck Tea Soup with Bamboo


  • Rice Cake with Ham and Rice Wine


  • Dongpo Fragrant Pork


  • Country Style Millet Cake


  • Mushroom Leek Stir Fry


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