Escorted tours to Shanghai
By far China’s most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai has an energy and atmosphere all of its own. We explore Shanghai’s colonial past with a stroll along the Bund and a visit to the old Shanghai branch of HSBC. We also glimpse the city’s future at the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, where a giant, remarkably detailed scale model depicts the city’s skyline in the year 2020. There will be a chance to experience China’s most cutting-edge art scene at the Shanghai Gallery of Modern Art as well as the city’s sophisticated nightlife in Xintiandi at the heart of the Old French Concession Area. No trip to Shanghai would be complete without a visit to the Yu Bazaar, where we lunch on traditional Shanghai Dimsum, hunt for bargains and barter with the locals before enjoying a night-time cruise along the Huangpu River for the best view of the skyscrapers and glittering neon lights of the modern Pudong district.
Group Tours in Suzhou
Just 2 hours from Shanghai, Suzhou – the traditional home of artists and high culture – offers cobbled streets, peaceful gardens, period buildings and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere that is the perfect contrast to Shanghai’s modern energy. Our tours feature the Humble Administrators Garden and the smaller, less touristy Lingering Garden as well as the West Garden Monastery where we view the Hall of 500 Arhots, enjoy a vegetarian lunch and when time permits, meet with some of the resident monks. You’ll experience the fine art that Suzhou is famous for with an evening visit to the Garden of the Master of the Nets, where we view performances of music, dance, mime and opera. Suzhou’s most famous export is silk and a trip to the Number 1 Silk Factory is included in all of our tours. When we stay overnight, we feature a beautiful boutique hotel converted from a 400 year old courtyard house in the heart of the traditional Pingjiang District.