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Pearl of the Oriental: 8-Day Jiangnan Tour

$479

 

Day 1 (Mon)Arrive in Shanghai
Welcome to Shanghai! Meet your personal local tour guide and check-in to your hotel.
Hotel:5-Star Shanghai Eiffelton Hotel or equivalent

Day 2 (Tue)Shanghai/Suzhou (B/L/D)
After breakfast, perambulate through Shanghai Chenghuang Miao (or the City God Temple of Shanghai), which to this day forms the core of old Shanghai. The "City God Temple" not only refers to the large temple complex, but also to the traditional district of commerce in the city. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area to choose from, most of which have stood past the test of time for over a century. Next, stroll down the Nanjing Road and the Bund. The Bund stood at the heart of colonial Shanghai and is flanked on one side by the Huangpu River and on the other by the hotels, banks, offices, and clubs that were the grandiose symbols of western commercial power. After lunch,ride a charter bus to Suzhou, which is often referred to by the Chinese as the "Venice of the East.” Tour one of the finest gardens in Suzhou, China in the Master of the Nets Garden. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden demonstrates Chinese garden designers' adept skills for synthesizing art, nature, and architecture to create unique metaphysical masterpieces. The initial garden was first constructed over 800 years ago and though its physical form has changed drastically since, the name and spirit of the garden still remain intact. The Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery. Then, we’ll visit Suzhou Embroidery Institute, which is famous for its beautiful patterns, elegant colors, variety of stitches, and consummate craftsmanship. Its stitching is meticulously skillful, coloration subtle and refined. Suzhou artists are able to use more than 40 needlework and 1,000 different types of threads to make flower, bird, animal and garden embroideries. After dinner, you may take a cruise on the Grand Canal (optional tour USD $30/person).
Hotel:5-Star Jiasheng Palace Hotel or equivalent

Day 3 (Wed)Suzhou/Nanjing (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we visit the silk factory and for an enjoyable Silk Fashion Show. After lunch, we will arrive at the ancient capital of Nanjing by charter bus. Situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing is where we’ll visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. Construction of the tomb started in January 1926 and was finished in the Spring of 1929. Sun Yat-sen, considered to be the "Father of Modern China" both in mainland China and in Taiwan, fought against the imperial Qing government and founded the Republic of China after the 1911 revolution ended the monarchy. After dinner, walk through the Confucius Temple Street, where you may find interesting trinkets and scrumptious local snacks.
Hotel:5-Star Jinling Jiangbin Hotel or equivalent

Day 4 (Thu)Nanjing/Wuxi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we visit the Yangtze River Bridge that is the first to be built across the Yangtze River in Nanjing. It was completed in 1968 and is the first double-decker, double-track highway and railway bridge designed and constructed by the Chinese without foreign engineering assistance. Then visit the Crystal Mural shop and view the creative works of delicate crystal bottles. Shortly after, the Ming Dynasty City Wall with 600 years of history awaits our arrival followed by the Jade Museum visit. After lunch,we will take a charter bus to Wuxi, "The Land of Fish and Rice”, where you will experience the larger than life film site of the highly acclaimed CCTV TV series “Three Kingdoms.” Next, take the ancient cruise on Lake Tai, the third largest freshwater lake in China behind Lake Poyang and Donting. Lake Tai is linked to the renowned Grand Canal and houses 90 islands, ranging in size from a few square meters to several square miles. Here you can relish the scenery of the tranquil lake. Finally, we stop by the Red Porcelain Museum where you can learn to pick up the skill of pottery making (optional USD $30/person).
Hotel:5-Star Wuxi Landsion Plaza Hotel or equivalent

Day 5 (Fri)Wuxi/Hangzhou (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Li Garden adjacent to the northern shore of Li Lake and named after Minister Fan Li of China's Chun & Qiu imperial period. During this time 2,400 years ago, legend has it that the Minister was believed to have been boating on the lake together with one of the four beauties of the ancient world, Xi Shi. The garden is uniquely designed and surrounded by waters on all three sides. Artificial rock mountains, rolling hills, and ancient Chinese architecture can be found within the park. Following Li Garden is a chance to admire freshwater pearls. After lunch,we arrive at Hangzhou, which is often referred to as “Paradise on Earth.” Hangzhou offers vivid scenic spots around West Lake such as Fish on Flower Harbor” and “Singing Orioles in the Willows.” Later, you may find interesting antiquities on Old China Street and He Fang Street over light-humored bargaining. After dinner,enjoy the West Lake Night Show (optional USD $30/person), which depicts a memorable romantic love story.  
Hotel:5-Star Hangzhou Zijingang International Hotel or equivalent

Day 6 (Sat)Hangzhou/Shanghai (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we start the day off on a cruise of the picturesque West Lake, which was created from a pearl that belonged to a phoenix and a dragon and proclaimed by the Chinese as “The Landscape Composed by a Painter.” Stroll along the lake's causeways and immerse yourself in its beauty. No tour to Hangzhou is complete without experiencing the world renowned Meijiawu Dragon Well Tea Garden. The first picked tea leaves of the new harvest or “royal tea” were once reserved solely for the Emperor and transported to him via the Grand Canal. The traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony will be demonstrated followed by a sample of authentic tea. The smooth appearance, fragrant aroma and sweet taste will be on full display. After lunch, we head back to Shanghai for a relaxing foot massage followed bydinner and a cruise tour of Huangpu River which provides a gorgeous night view of beautiful Shanghai (optional USD $30/person).
Hotel:5-Star Shanghai Eiffelton Hotel or equivalent

Day 7 (Sun)Shanghai (B)
Todayyou can explore the city or you can join optional tours (Water Village Zhujiajiao tour: USD $30/person).
Hotel:5-Star Shanghai Eiffelton Hotel or equivalent

Day 8 (Mon)Journey Home (B)
After breakfast, prepare to board your return flight and take home everlasting memories, photos and souvenirs.

  • 5-Star Hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • Others:Shanghai ---Shanghai Chenghuang Miao, the Bund
    Wuxi --- Li Garden
    Suzhou--- Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou Embroidery
    Hangzhou --- Cruise on picturesque West Lake

What’s included:

  • 7-night accommodation in 5-Star hotel (2 people per one room)
  • All ground transportation within China
  • 17 meals listed in the itinerary including Chinese & American breakfast buffets and local cuisines (Wuxi’s local Sweet & Sour Ribs, Hangzhou West Lake fish in vinegar gravy, Dongpo Pork, Shanghai BBQ buffet)
  • Sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional local English speaking guide
  • China Travel Liability Insurance

Not included:

×International & domestic airfares and taxes
× Gratuities: USD $10/person per day × 8 days = USD $80/person [Please hand to the local tour guide upon your arrival].
× Optional tours: Cruise on the Grand Canal (USD $30/person), West Lake Night Show (USD $30/person), Impression of West Lake (USD $55/person), Red Porcelain Pottery Making (USD $30/person), Huangpu River Night Cruise (USD $30/person), Water Village Zhujiajiao Tour (USD $30/person). [Children under 12 get 50% off on optional tours]
× Personal expenses (e.g. phone bills, laundry bill etc.)
× Shop expenses: Jade, Crystal Mural, Pearl, Pottery, Silk, Embroidery, Tea, Carpet
(Shopping is an active part of tourism. Your tour may have shopping stops. Please note shopping is a personal option, and we are not responsible for any purchases you make during your trip, whether that merchant is part of the scheduled itinerary or not.)
× Extra costs will be incurred when events we could not foresee or avoid happen. Such events may include personal requirements, flight delays/cancellations, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, threat of terrorist activity or actual terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.
× Prices and costs may increase during public holidays in China

Tour Pricing:

Adults

$479/per person

Single Room Supplemental Fee

$295

Children (ages 3 to 17 )
Separate bed

$420/per person

Children (ages 3 to 17)
Shared bed

$240/per person

Children
(under the age of 2)

FREE

Gratuities
(above the age of 12)

$80/per person

Gratuities
(under the age of 12)

$40/per person

The 8-day Jiangnan Tour begins every Monday Shanghai local time

Terms:

  • Shanghai is the first entry city
  • Guests who participate in the Beijing Tour or other tours may only join this 8-day Jiangnan Tour on a separate occasion (re-enter the country) after a tour has been successfully completed. Immigration does not allow a foreign tourist to join two or more tours in one single entry.
  • This particular 8-day Jiangnan Tour begins every Monday in Shanghai local time starting from December 19, 2011 and ends October 12, 2012.
  • Group size: 2 or more passengers
  • Tour generally accepts foreign travelers from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand who are permanent residents or passport holders.
  • Traveler(s) MUST follow the scheduled 8-day tour itinerary and join all tour activities
  • Adults and children should pay the same amount for gratuities and optional tours (children under 12 receive 50% off on select optional tours).  
  • We are not responsible for special room arrangement requests (i.e. depends on availability of rooms and up to the discretion of  each hotel); if only one traveler occupies one room, then the traveler needs to pay a Single Supplemental Fee. 
  • Free shuttle services are not provided for travelers who arrive in advance or extend their stay (we would glad to arrange separate shuttle services at an additional cost). 
  • Day-by-day itinerary provided prior to the trip is preliminary and subject to change. We pledge to make every effort to follow the tour itinerary; however unforeseen situations do occasionally occur.

Q & A

Q: If a traveler is 18 years and 1 day old, is he/she considered a child or adult?

A: Considered an adult.

Q: If a child is under 2 years old and requires a separate bed, will the child be
charged?

A: Yes, the child will be charged the same as children ages 3 to 17 who require
a separate bed.

Q: Is insurance included in the tour package fee?

A: The group fee includes insurance. For participants in the Beijing group, travel
liability insurance in China is 220,000 RMB per person.

Q: Are there any other fees we should expect to pay while traveling in China except
for the tour package fee?

A: Gratuities: USD $10/ person per day × 8 days = USD $80/person [Please hand to the local tour guide upon your arrival].

Optional tours: Cruise on the Grand Canal (USD $30/person), West Lake Night Show (USD $30/person), Impression of West Lake (USD $55/person), Red Porcelain Pottery Making (USD $30/person), Huangpu River Night Cruise (USD $30/person), Water Village Zhujiajiao Tour (USD $30/person). [Children under 12 get 50% off on optional tours]

Q: How are children under and over 2 years old charged for tips?

A: Tips for children under 2 years of age: $0; Tips for children 3 to 11 years of age: $40; Tips for children 12 to 17 years of age: $80

Q: Can we choose not to participate in activities that are scheduled in the tour?

A: Everyone should attend scheduled activities listed in the itinerary. Since the tours are paid for beforehand, refunds will not be given for travelers who don’t attend scheduled activities.

Q: If we arrive early or need to extend our stay in a hotel, can you assist us in making a separate hotel reservation?

A: Yes, we certainly can. For Beijing, room rates are USD $120 per room per night and in other cities listed in the itinerary are USD $100 per room per night.

Q: Can we join the group 1 or 2 days after the tour has begun? Can we depart from the group in advance?

A: Yes, but a guest who arrives late or departs in advance must pay USD $60 per person extra per day.

Q: Can guests who attend the Jiangnan Tour continue on to participate in other special offer tours?

A: No, foreign tourists can only participate in one tour per entry into China. However, if guests would like to join other special offer tours, please register online for a separate occasion.

Q: Where can I purchase tickets at great competitive prices?

A: PTS Travel is a travel agency based in North America with over twenty years of extensive experience in tourism. PTS Travel is dedicated to helping guests find great available airfares at low prices. Please fill out your travel information and PTS Travel will respond within 24 hours.

Q: After payment for the tour package has been received online, when can we expect to receive a confirmation e-mail?

A: After guests have paid for the tour package and provided your flight information, you will receive the pre-confirmation within 2 working days (Chinese holidays not included as working days). We will send you a final confirmation e-mail 7 to 10 days before the tour starts. The final confirmation e-mail will include hotel names and addresses, telephone numbers, tour guide information and other relevant information.

Q: If we want to participate in the tour but have not decided on a specific date to join, can we still register online?

A: Yes; however, after you decide on a specific date, please e-mail us or modify the fill-in date on the online reservation form. We may not be able to accommodate your request if you don’t notify us or modify the date online in time.

Q: Are there space limits for the tour?

A: In order to ensure the quality of the tour, there is a currently space limit for the time being. To secure a spot on the tour, please register early and make the appropriate payment. If more than 10 people would like to register in your group, please indicate this in the message box so that we can reserve the appropriate spaces for you and make proper arrangements.

Q: How many people in a group are required to make up a separate tour group?

A: More than 25 people.

 

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