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 Shanghai and Suzhou by Train. -  7 Days

 

  

Shanhai at night

Shanghai at night

  

ITINERARY

 

Day 1     Depart Hong Kong   

 

Depart Hong Kong by train mid afternoon. Be early as Chinese Customs and Immigration proceedures are carried out prior to departure.

 

Comfortable two berth compartments with a private washroom and toilet are available. There are also less expensive four and six berth compartments available.

 

Settle into your comfortable compartment and watch the world go by. Pass through the towering high rises of Kowloon, then pass through the modern satellite cities of the New Territories. Cross the border between the S.A.R and mainland China at Lowu.

 

The surprising, ultra-modern metropolis of Shenzhen appears as a mini Hong Kong. The economic boom in this region of China is very evident. 

 

As the train passes through rural settlements which are being displaced by industry, enter the vast suburban sprawl that is the modern city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton).

 

After a simple meal in the Dining Car, retire to your compartment for a good night's sleep with the prospect of a fascinating tomorrow. Traverse the vast expanse of rural China and pass through Hangzhou before arriving in Shanghai in the morning. 

 

 

shanghai suzchow

           The Bund                              The Grand Canal                      Humble Administrators Garden

  

 

 

Day 2     Arrive Shanghai

 

Arrive Shanghai mid morning and transfer to the hotel.

 

The day is at leisure.

 

 

Day 3     Shanghai.         

 

A full day Shanghai city tour includes a visit to the Bund, also known as Wai Tan. Here you will see European style architecture, mostly built in the 1920’s. The silhouette of the buildings which match each other harmoniously is regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. Continue to the Yu Garden, a Ming Dynasty garden famous both at home and abroad, the Jade Buddha Temple, famous for its precious Jade Buddha Statue which was brought from Burma (Myanmar) 400 years ago. It is carved out of a single piece of white jade.

 

 

Day 4      Shanghai – Suzhou – Shanghai.    

  

A full day excursion to Suzhou by train.

 

Depart in the early morning and upon arrival be met by a local guide.

 

The city is renowned for its stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Since the Song dynasty (960-1279), Suzhou has been an important centre for China's silk industry and continues to hold that prominent position today.

 

Highlights include Tiger Hill, the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Garden of the Master's Fishing Net.

 

 

Day 5       Shanghai      

 

In the morning an escorted visit the Shanghai Museum.

 

Afternoon at leisure.

 

 

Day 6      Depart Shanghai  

 

At leisure

 

Transfer to the station and depart Shanghai in the early evening.

 

Settle back into the comfortable compartment for the return journey to Hong Kong.

 

 

Day 7      Arrive Hong Kong

                                                 

Arrive Hong Kong around midday.

 

This is a suggested itinerary only. It can be adjusted to suit your own requirements and can be combined with other arrangements in Shanghai or elsewhere in China.

You might like to refer to "Shanghai" in the China Tours section of this website to find other sightseeing suggestions.

 

To view a personal holiday album of a similar rail trip from Hong Kong to Shanghai, click on the link below.

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