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      线路名称: 2 Days South China Water Town Tour (B) - Tongli Town & Zhouzhuang Town from Shanghai
      天 数: 2天 
      往返交通: Car 
      最后更新: 2020/2/3 
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      Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:

      Tongli Town 

      Ancient Mingqingjie Street (Ming & Qing Dynasty Street), Tuisi Garden (Retreat and Reflection Garden, UNESCO World Heritage), Pearl Tower Garden, Luoxingzhou Island in the Tongli Lake to the east of the town, some well preserved ancient mansions by the side of narrow rivers and canals, such as Gengle Hall, Jiayin Hall, Chongben Hall and so on... 


      Zhouzhuang Town:

      Ancient Stage, Under Water Tomb of Shen Wansan, Zhang’s Mansion, Shen’s Mansion, Quanfu Temple, Zhouzhuang Museum, the famous Twin Bridges and many other ancient bridges.


      Experience in the Itinerary:

      * Walking on the Mingqing Jie Street to get a feeling of doing shopping around hundreds years ago!
      * Indulging in the picturesque Retreat and Reflection Garden (UNESCO World Heritage) to enjoy the typical noble life of the man of letters in ancient China.
      * Stroll on the paths by the side of small rivers, soak in the typical Southern China Water Area atmosphere in the ancient towns with profound culture, well preserved ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views which are not far from Shanghai. 

      * Visit some well-protected large ancient mansions.

      Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

      Having a tour to an ancient town and village in China would be a very special experience for who wanna escaping from the over-noising city and long for a vacation that can free oneself in peace. China Ancient Town Tour here selects well-arranged tour package to one of the most famous water towns, Tongli, aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore the town, which well keeps their unique customs and culture, to appreciate its peaceful atmosphere and feel the magic power of water. 


      The natural beauty of the town is indescribable. Old stone bridges, limpid water, old trees and old-style dwellings, as well as the local costumes and local food, create an ideal civilized, rich, pastoral and harmonious environment. A walk in the ancient town is said to be a walk into history frozen in time, tranquil and serene. 


      Tourists can enjoy two of the most charming southern China water towns in this itinerary – Tongli and Zhouzhuang. Tongli is renowned for its ancient courtyards and picturesque gardens. The Tuisi Yuan (Retreat and Reflection Garden) in Tongli was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Zhouzhuang is the most famous well preserved water town in China - It is famous for its twin bridges, ancient houses. In this tour, you can enjoy the particular charisma of Jiangnan (meaning south of Yangtze River)


      You can find the situation of the famous ancient Water Towns near Shanghai in Yangtze River Delta at this map,

      6 Most Famous Water Towns:
      Wuzhen, Nanxun, Xitang, Tongli, Luzhi, Zhouzhuang


      Some other Water Towns in this area:

      Zhujiajiao, Jinxi, Mudu, Luxiang, Huishan. 


      In 2003,the protecting project of the Yangtze River Water Towns (including Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, Nanxun, Wuzhen and Xitang) was granted the Award of Distinction by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. It has helped make the project a model for repairing and conserving other cultural relics. By car, you can easily take one day tour to any one of these towns from Shanghai.


      These small towns, with their black tiled, oil-painted timber framework houses, that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging, brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting. The rivers running through the town were once the main means of transportation for local people, but these days is little used, other than for festive celebrations, when bulk cargo is shipped in. The window sills of the houses on the banks of the river are further extended with boards, on which flowers, plants and bonsai bloom in the warm sunshine, adding a touch of life and color to this tranquil, old style towns.


      There are many well-preserved Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) buildings in these towns, formerly the homes of those rich enough to escape the social turbulence of centuries past. They chose these towns as the place to build their homes for its out-of-the-way location and convenient transportation, the same reasons these towns retains such an authentic feeling today.  


      Go to Water Towns near Shanghai, looking for peace in your heart... 


      More about The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River at UNESCO websitehttp://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5328/

      The Map of Tongli Town:

      The Map of Zhouzhuang Town:

      The Classical Garden Arts of Suzhou

      The Classical Garden of Suzhou is a group of gardens in Suzhou region which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the form of harmony created by the man’s artistic manipulation of nature and space.


      Spanning a period of almost one thousand years, from the Northern Song to the late Qing dynasties (11th-19th century), these gardens, most of them built by scholars, standardized many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions, chambers and corridors.


      The elegant aesthetics and subtlety of these scholars gardens and their delicate style and features are often imitated by various gardens in other parts of China, including the various Imperial Gardens, such as those in the Chengde Mountain Resort. According to UNESCO, the gardens of Suzhou "represent the development of Chinese landscape garden design over more than two thousand years," and they are the "most refined form" of garden art.


      These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, resulting in as much as 200 private gardens. Today, there are 69 preserved gardens in Suzhou, and all of them are designated as protected "National Heritage Sites." In 1997 and 2000, eight of the finest gardens in Suzhou along with one in the nearby ancient town of Tongli were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to represent the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens. Their names are: the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty, the Canglang Pavilion, the Lion Forest Garden (or translated as Lion Grove Garden), the Garden of Cultivation, the Couple’s Garden Retreat, and the Retreat & Reflection Garden (except the last one which is in Tongli, a small town near Suzhou, other 8 gardens are in the ancient Suzhou city proper.) Dating from the 11th-19th century, the above 9 gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design - Valued by UNESCO World Heritage Website.

      日期 行程 用餐 住宿
      D1 Your friendly guide and driver will meet you at your address on time and escort you to ancient Tongli Town which is only 90 km / 2 hours drive to the west of Shanghai. Enjoy the fascinating Tongli, include ancient Mingqingjie Street (Ming & Qing Dynasty Street), The Retreat and Reflection Garden, Pearl Tower Garden, Luoxingzhou Island in the Tongli Lake to the east of the town and some well preserved ancient mansions by the side of the picturesque narrow rivers and canals, such as Gengle Hall, Jiayin Hall, Chongben Hall, Pearl Tower Garden and so on...


      You will come back and arrive in Shanghai at around 6 pm.



      The Retreat and Reflection Garden (UMESCO World Heritage Site)



      Canals in the town


       Gengle Hall (left) & Jiayin Hall (right)

      More Info about Tongli Town:

      Tongli Town, a picturesque ancient town, located 18 km from Suzhou City and 80km from Shanghai, and surrounded by five lakes – Tongli, Jiuli, Yeze, Nanxing and Pangshan. It still took its original shape during the time of the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD), though many of its surviving mansions are of later Ming and Qing origin. It is actually made up of seven islets connected to each other by over 40 arched stone bridges and fed by a network of some 15 canals. As recently as several years ago, residents were still blithely going about their lives along the canals (it was not uncommon to see children bathing and women washing clothes in the streams), but all that messy living has now been largely cleaned up for tourists. The most common sight in the canals these days is a flotilla of tourist gondolas. You, too, can soak up the watery atmosphere by renting a gondola from various piers scattered along the canals.


      Waterways aside, the rest of the old town is easily traversed on foot. The busiest street is the ancient Mingqing Jie (Ming & Qing Dynasty Street), a winding lane flanked with Ming and Qing dynasty (1368-1911 AD)-style wooden houses that have mostly been converted to shops and restaurants. The north end of this street leads to the old towns main attraction, Tuisi Yuan (Retreat and Reflection Garden). Built in 1886 by a dismissed court official, this World Heritage garden (In 2001, Tuisi Garden was listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.) is laid out from west to east in three sections, with the familys residences in the west, meeting and entertaining rooms in the center, and a small but cleverly designed landscaped garden in the east. The use of winding walkways with different shaped windows, jutting pavilions, and a reflecting pond make the garden appear larger than it is.


      There are still many other well protected ancient mansions and classical gardens in the town, such as Jiayin Hall, Chongben Hall, Pearl Tower Garden, Luoxingzhou Island in the Tongli Lake to the east of the town and so on...


      More info about Tongli at its official website: http://www.tongli.net/
      Not included in the quotation  Overnight at Tongli Town 

      In the morning, you will drive from Tongli Town to Zhouzhuang Town (20 km / 40 minutes). Tour and lunch at Zhouzhuang. In Zhouzhuang, you will visit Ancient Stage, Under Water Tomb of Shen Wansan, Zhang’s Mansion, Shen’s Mansion, Quanfu Temple, Zhouzhuang Museum, the famous Twin Bridges and many other ancient bridges.         


      As day draws to an end, drive back to Shanghai from Zhouzhuang. It will take around 88 km/1.5 hours on the way.         




      More Info about Zhouzhuang Town:   

      About 1.5 hour west of Shanghai, lies Zhouzhuang, the "Venice of the Orient," close and small enough for a quick day trip from Shanghai - it is located around 30 km to the southeast of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, around 70km to the west of the Shanghai center. It enjoys its great reputation home and abroad for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant water views and the traditional customs.      


      Zhouzhuang, meaning Zhous village was named after Zhou Digong in the Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD) who donated more than 13-hectare of his land as the field for the Quanfu Temple. Famed as No.1 water village in China with a 900 year history, Zhouzhuang is an ancient town featuring great cultural traditions and unique architecture surrounded by water with many tributaries. In an area of half a square kilometer (124 acres), 60 percent of the Zhouzhuangs structures were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archway door. The four streams in the town including Chenghu, Baixian, Dianshan and Nanhu, which flow through the town in a criss-cross fashion, earning the town the epithet of “The Venice of China”.        


      Most of the residences were built in Ming (1368-1644) or Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). They were well preserved to its original appearance. The most amazing house displays the viewing that a boat can enter the property via the front gate and sail through the courtyard.        


      Zhouzhuang has altogether 14 bridges with unique bridge structures which makes Zhouzhuang stand out from other water towns. The Twin Bridges are the most renowned.   


      With more than 800 years history, Zhouzhuang gained its fame only till 1985 because of a painting by Chen Yifei. The painting, "Remembrance of My Hometown", depicted the very Twin Bridges. It was exhibited in a New York gallery, and triggered the public’s interest in this stunningly pristine village. Then it was chosen to be the first-day cover of the United Nations postage stamp in 1985.   


      Now Zhouzhuang is listed as one of the top 50 attractions in China and roughly 1 million travelers were attracted to this village every year.  


      You may know more about Zhouzhuang Ancient Town at its website: http://www.zhouzhuang.net/

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      Single Room Supplement: CNY 240

      * For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.


      Price includes:

      1. Two days private car with parking fee and highway fee.
      2. Two days private English speaking guide from Shanghai.
      3. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary. 

      4. 4-star standard hotel (2 people stay in one room)

      * But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together. 

      5. Tour accident insurance.


      Price excludes:

      Lunch & dinner (Please ask the guide & driver to take the meal with you.)

      Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping..

      * Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.

      Please Note:  

      1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount. 

      2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan. 

      3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

      4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

      5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).  

      The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

      6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

      7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…).

      8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour. 

      9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.