B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Dec 1 | Honolulu – Shanghai
We start our vacation by boarding an international Direct Flight to Shanghai, one of the global financial centers and the largest Chinese city by population. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Dec 2 | Shanghai | (D)
Upon our arrival at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet and escort us to our hotel.
Day 3**Dec 3 | Shanghai | (B)
Shanghai Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Pudong, Shanghai. As the sixth in the world and the second in China (after Hong Kong Disneyland), Shanghai Disneyland holds many records among the Disney parks. It has the tallest theme Castle – Enchanted Storybook Castle, the first garden-designed zone, and the first pirate-themed garden. It also combines movie figures with Chinese culture, such as the Chinese Zodiac Murals in the Gardens of Imagination. Visitors can also enjoy classical musicals and stage plays. For Example, Tarzan: Call of the Jungle, Frozen: A Sing-along Celebration, and the Lion King. Mickey’s Storybook Express cruises through the six parks during the day. The movie figures put on interesting musical performances on the streets and give guests an unforgettable great time. Round trip transportation and admission are included.
Day 4**Dec 4 | Shanghai – Hangzhou | (B, L, D)
After an enjoyable hearty hotel breakfast this morning, we will head to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province and one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China because of its beautiful natural scenery. The city’s West Lake is its best-known attraction. With hills surrounding three sides of the lake, the lake has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. There are numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. A Boat Ride is arranged for us to enjoy the beauty of the lake.
Day 5**Dec 5 | Hangzhou – Nanjing | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is Green Tea Plantation Village where we can enjoy a cup of Dragon Well Tea, known worldwide for its sweet and delicate flavor. The green tea produced here has had a stellar reputation since the Ming Dynasty. After that, we will depart for Nanjing, the second-largest commercial center in the East China region after Shanghai. Its current name means “Southern Capital” and Nanjing has had a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having served as the capital for various Chinese dynasties, kingdoms, and republican governments from the 3rd century AD to 1949. Upon arrival, we will visit the Confucian Temple, a famous ancient relic built in 1034 during the Song Dynasty and used as a sacrificial site to Confucius. It is a place full of Chinese civilization where you can get to know the honest folkway of Nanjing. The day ends after visiting Qinhuai River, the birthplace of Nanjing culture and the “life blood” of the city. It runs through central Nanjing and is called “Nanjing’s mother river”.
Day 6**Dec 6 | Nanjing – Wuxi | (B, L, D)
Today, we will visit the place where Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the National Father of China, was laid to rest at Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. It is a “must see” place when touring Nanjing. After lunch, we will visit a jade workshop, where we will learn about Chinese Jade Culture. Then, we will drive to Wuxi, a major tourist area of the Lower Yangtze Delta. It has both natural and man-made places of interest. Upon arrival, we will visit The Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world. At more than 88 meters high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is an outdoor bronze Sakyamuni standing Buddha, weighing over 700 tons, and has become a symbol of Wuxi.
Day 7**Dec 7 | Wuxi – Suzhou | (B, L, D)
Today’s highlight is Lianghong National Wetland Park. With a total area of 231 hectares, it is one of China’s 12 official national wetland parks approved by the State Forestry Administration. The Park offers a wide range of educational activities, allowing visitors to learn about wetlands in a vivid way, and appreciate the beauty of different wetland wildlife. Taihu Lake’s Pearl is famous in the region; we will proceed to a water pearl center to learn more about it. Afterwards, we will continue our journey to Suzhou. Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history and an abundant supply of relics from the past. In the afternoon, we will visit the Suzhou Embroidery Workshop to learn about the history of this intricate art form and observe a professional embroidery artist at work.
Day 8**Dec 8 | Suzhou – Shanghai | (B, L)
In the morning, we will take a Boat Ride to explore the Grand Canal which is second only to the Great Wall as an ancient Chinese engineering feat. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Because this region is famous for its delicate and smooth silk and embroidery, we have arranged a visit to a Silk Factory to learn about the process from silkworm chrysalis to fabric. Then, we will visit The Suzhou Museum, a museum of ancient Chinese art, paintings, calligraphy, and handmade crafts. The museum has a display area of 2,200 square meters and more than 15,000 pieces in its collections. The current building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei in association with Pei Partnership Architects. The new Suzhou Museum is said to be the last design in Mr. I.M. Pei’s career. Then we will return to Shanghai. The Bund is the Landmark of Shanghai, with many historical buildings along the river. All these buildings were used for government organizations a few years back. Now, there are many restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques in them. The day ends with a Chinese Acrobatic Show, ERA. Their death-defying acrobatic acts are excellent and should top other shows you may have seen. This 90 minute show with extremely skillful performers is one of the must-do-things or highlights in Shanghai.
Day 9**Dec 9 | Shanghai – Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the Open Market at The City God Temple. The City God Temple was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty to honor the Han statesman Huo Guang (68 B.C.), but is a busy market today, specializing in traditional arts and crafts. We can enjoy shopping for souvenirs or checking out food shops. We will have lunch on our own, and say goodbye to Shanghai and transfer to the airport for our return flight home, taking with us lasting memories of this wonderful trip to China.
* Hangzhou West Lake
* Suzhou Grand Canal
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(SINGLE SUPP: $650)