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Itinerary Name: 2 Days Holiday to Changshu Town
Day 1
Shanghai-Changshu
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:Stay in Changshu

You will be picked up at your address in Shanghai by your guide and driver. Drive to Changshu city Which is only 110km/2 hours to the northwest of Shanghai. 

 

Today in Changshu, you will visit: Shanghu Lake, some small but exquisite ancient gardens - Yan Garden, Zeng Garden and Zhao Garden, the ancient landmark of Changshu - the Square Pagoda (built in 1130, 9 floors and 67 m high) and the park around it, and the well-preserved old streets along Qinchuan River in Changshu Town.

 

More detail about the attractions tourists will visit today:

Shanghu Lake

It is well reputed for Jiang Shang (also called Jiang Ziya) in the end of the Shang Dynasty (1675 B.C. - 1029 B.C.), who lived in seclusion and angled for fish to evade King Zhou’s tyranny. He once stayed here when he met Zhong Yong, pioneer of the Wu culture and the king of this area. The water area is over 792 ha. Its water quality reaches the national drinking water quality standard (Class II) all year round. The wetland is distributed throughout the lake, being a unique landscape of “lake in the island and island in the lake”. This lake is a national AAAAA tourist attraction (highest rating in China), urban wetland park and best ecological leisure lake among top 10 charming lakes in China.    

 


As the Key Historical Site under the State Protection, Yan Garden was built in the middle of Qing Dynasty, around 250 years ago. Occupying an area of 2600 s.m. showing the typical characteristics of the classical gardens in Qing Dynasty, many of the original features of the garden have been preserved, the garden has a high historical and artistic value. The rockery in this typical privately owned garden is a master piece which is made by Mr.Yuliang Ge, one of the most famous rockery experts in ancient China. 

   

 

Zeng Garden and Zhao Garden
They were built in the late Qing Dynasty (around 130-150 years ago). Both of them features the traditional Chinese garden arts - some well designed elegant buildings scattered around a charming lake, meanderings go through rockeries and trees. Especially these gardens borrow the scenery from a distance - the Yu Mountain into the gardens, make the garden felt much larger than it is.  

 

 

Square Pagoda Park
This Chinese classical garden style park was built in 1999 and expanded in 2002 on the site of the ancient temple around 900 years ago. There are three treasures built or planted in Song dynasty (960-1279), Square Pagoda, ancient well and ancient Ginkgo tree, in it. Being the landmark of Changshu city for hundreds of years, the style of the pagoda is in the typical Tang dynasty style – square style. It is also one of the oldest wooden buildings in China. The garden style and buildings in the park are also in the Song dynasty style.

  

Square Pagoda, Ancient Well and Ancient Ginkgo Tree

 

Around 1 km long, Qinchuan River is a small but main river in the middle of Changshu Town which splits the city into east and west parts. The area around this river is the well protected old Changshu area with the typical Southern China residence building style.

 

 

Ancient Street Area in downtown Changshu

Day 2
Tour in Changshu, Changshu-Shanghai
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel:

Today in Changshu, you will visit:  Yushan Mountain (include Xingfu Temple, cable car up to the mountain, Jiange (Sword Tower) Scenic Area, City Wall Scenic Area, Tombs of Zhong Yong - pioneer of the Wu culture and the king in this area, and Yan Yan (506 BC -443 BC) — one of the 72 important disciples of Confucius and the only disciple in Southern China).

 

In the later afternoon, you will get back to Shanghai (110km/2 hours).

 

More detail about Yushan Mountain:

Firstly built in 500 AD, Xingfu Temple was one of the most famous Buddhist Temples in China. Beside the main buildings in the central part, there are some charming gardens in this temple, serene and leisure. 

  

Located on the south slope of Yushan Mountain, part of the old city wall of Changshu, the 1,400 m long “Minor Great Wall” is built along the hill. If you mount to the wall and look as far as one can, you can see green mountains and rivers are integrated with the ancient city. The western pavilion complexes, high and low, are very imposing. In addition, on the Liangshan Square in the central leisure area, there are tombs of Zhong Yong - pioneer of the Wu culture and the king in this area, and Yan Yan (506 BC -443 BC) — one of the 72 important disciples of Confucius and the only disciple in Southern China. In autumn every year, the red maple paths in the Yushan Mountain Park is a very famous eye-feasting scenery.