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China Garden Tour
Arrive in Shanghai, the financial and commercial center of China. You are greeted by the guide and transferred to check in four-star Shanghai Baron Business Hotel or similar.
Following breakfast today, you will visit Yu Garden. Located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, Yu Garden has a history of more than 400 years. It is a famous classical garden in the south of China. Continue to visit Shanghai Botanic Garden which features a fascinating collection of miniature gems. After lunch, transfer to Guyi Garden, the largest garden in Shanghai. Originally constructed in Ming Dynasty, Guyi Garden features with dozens of famous bamboos and water scenery, which make the Guyi Garden the most beautiful scenery in Shanghai.
In the morning, drive two hours to Hangzhou city which is one of the China Garden cities. Firstly cruise the beautiful West Lake which is the symbol of Hangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful sights in China. Then transfer to the Hangzhou Botanical Garden. As one of the best Botanical Gardens in China, the Hangzhou Botanical Garden covers an area of 230 hectare with 120 kinds of bamboo growing in its bamboo section and some 1,200 medicinal herbs in the Garden. Finally, pay the visit to Guo Zhuang, the best example of a traditional private garden in Hangzhou. After dinner, check in Hangzhou Sunny Hotel or similar and rest.
Begin your tour with two hours transfer to Suzhou where boasts a treasure trove of intriguing gardens. Firstly you take a stroll in the Lingering Garden which is celebrated for its artistic way of dealing with the spaces between various kinds of architectural form. Then continue to Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest garden in Suzhou. Following visit is to Huqiu Shan (Tiger Hill), where the landscaped area is divided into various sections, linked by landscaped paths and studded with waterfalls. Atop the hill sits the famous tilting pagoda. And you will find the potted landscapes of Wanjing Villa's Bonsai Garden at the foot of Tiger Hill. Check into Suzhou Holiday Inn Youlian Hotel and rest.
Today's program is to go sightseeing in Wuxi city located 60 kilometers away from Suzhou. Firstly you will tour the Turtle Head Island, which occupies the most beautiful area of Lake Taihu. Continue to visit Liyuan Garden. With its pavilions, corridors, and causeways at the lake side, it is exquisitely designed and harmonious in color. The last stop of today is Plum Garden which is most famous for thousands of red plum trees planted there. Check into Wuxi Xiangmei International Hotel or similar.
After breakfast, drive to Zhenjiang city which is known as a state model city for environmental protection. Upon arrival in Zhenjiang, firstly visit Jinshan Temple which has the history of more than 1,600 years and enjoys high popularity in China because of a famous legendary story of "The White Snake". Continue to climb Jiao Shan Hill, also named "floating jade hill", which boasts beautiful greenery and natural scenery. Move on to Zhenjiang Zhansong Bonsai Garden. Check into Best Western Zhenjiang International Hotel or similar.
After breakfast, take one hour morning scenic drive from Zhenjiang to Yangzhou city. Listed among the China Garden Cities, Yangzhou is praised as one of the most beautiful and pleasant tourist cities in China. Today you will tour around Geyuan Garden and Heyuan Garden, two most famous gardens in Yangzhou. In the afternoon, continue to visit Shouxihu Lake, one of the most famous and admired gardens in China. It combines the elegant presentation and careful planning of a small garden with the landscape of a larger lake. Finally move to Yangzhou Bonsai Garden. Listed among five schools of Chinese Bonsai Art, Yangzhou Bonsai boasts high reputation in China. You will enjoy the high-quality bonsai there. Check into Yangzhou Garden International Hotel or similar.
In the morning, drive 1.5 hours from Yangzhou to Nanjing city. Nanjing is now the capital of Jiangsu Province and one of top six ancient capitals China. You will visit the Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River area. Having been a famous trade center since ancient times, this area remains the city's busiest shopping and entertainment center. Continue to tour around the most popular and famous park in Nanjing, the Mochu Lake Park. Finally go to Nanjing Yiyuan Bonsai Garden at Yuhuatai scenic area. Check into Holiday Inn Nanjing Aqua City.
Highlights of today include the visit to Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. The mausoleum was erected in 1929 in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the forerunner of the Chinese Democratic Revolution in 1911. And Plum Blossom Hill which is a garden dotted with plum blossom trees, flowers and picnic spots. Plum Blossom Hill is Nanjing residents' favorite place for spring outing. The hill also leads to Nanjing Botanical Garden where you can admire the waterside terraces, a rockery topped with a small pavilion, a succession of bridges linking the various buildings, trees and clumps of bamboo, etc.
Transfer back to Shanghai and continue to visit the famous waterfront Bund, the historical street comparable to a Chinese Wall Street where tourists can get a taste of the Shanghai high-life. The rest of the day is free for shopping at Shanghai Nanjing Road.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the departure flight and service ends.
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