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Shanghai and its neighbouring areas - 3 days/ 2 nights

 

  

SHANGHAI SUZHOU TRYPTICH

 Departures can be daily.

 

 ITINERARY

 

Day 1       Shanghai

 

Start the day with a promenade on the Bund – focusing on architecture and history.  

The new buildings of Shanghai.  

 

Shanghai’s Bund is home to some of the city’s most monumental buildings. Built  between 1855 and 1947, these structures’ styles range from the colonial ‘Compradoric’, to prim Beaux Arts, to extravagant Art Deco.

 

 

Your city expert knows these buildings intimately and will take you into some UNESCO listed treasures with the best intact interiors.

 

 

Your walk down the Bund will include a discussion of Pudong and its new skyline, which includes some of the tallest modern architectural masterpieces on the planet.

  

 

An optional visit can be made to the fabric market.

Cantonese “Dim Sum” lunch in Xintiandi.



Continue to the “Old Town” and its neighboring markets. One of these is Dongtai Lu, for antiques and Mao memorabilia.  Visit of the Yu Yuan Garden as well as a Daoist Temple.

 

 

An option is to finish off the day with a foot reflexology blind massage, one of the city’s specialties.

 

 



Day 2       Shanghai – Suzhou – Zhujiajiao - Shanghai

  

 

A full day excursion to Suzhou to visit two of its best kept Imperial gardens, as well as the magnificent IM Pei Museum.  

  

 

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 also been an important centre for China's silk industry and it continues to hold this prominent position. 

 


A Suzhounese traditional lunch.

 

 
On the way back to Shanghai, stop by Zhujiajiao, a charming ancient water village, a Venice of the East. The town was an important trading hub for the surrounding countryside and many of the buildings that can be seen today, date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

 




Day 3       Shanghai

 


Start the day with a walk in the Former French Concession. As with the Bund, the focus here will be on both architecture and history, with a possible emphasis on Art Deco.  Your host would take the group to some of the city’s best-kept longtangs (alleys).  Several of the city’s heritage properties will also be introduced.

 

 

These tree-lined streets were once home to the gangsters, revolutionaries and playboys that gave Shanghai such a lively reputation.

 


A Shanghainese lunch in a private villa in the French Concession or at an elegant French bistro.

 


Stop at Moganshan Lu 50 for a brief introduction to Chinese Contemporary Art.

 

 

The last 30 years have been a momentous time for artists in China. During this era of growing personal freedom and wealth they have used their works to express their take on the changes within modern Chinese society. Their styles and methods mirror those of their international colleagues – traditional canvases all the way through to multi-media work, but also reflect a thorough understanding of their own traditional Chinese themes and materials.

 

 

To wrap up, enjoy some light shopping and/or coffee in Taikang Lu, a bohemian-like neighborhood full of small shops and galleries.

 

 

 

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