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20 Days Grand Canal Tour from Shanghai to 17 Cities: Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Jiangdu, Gaoyou, Huai An, Xuzhou, Qufu, Jining, Liaocheng, Linqing, Cangzhou, Tianjin, Beijing

20 Days Grand Canal Tour from Shanghai to 17 Cities: Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Jiangdu, Gaoyou, Huai An, Xuzhou, Qufu, Jining, Liaocheng, Linqing, Cangzhou, Tianjin, Beijing
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Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Jiangdu, Gaoyou, Huai An, Xuzhou, Qufu, Jining, Liaocheng, Linqing, Cangzhou, Tianjin, Beijing
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Itinerary Features

Why we suggest this tour itinerary? 

The Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the longest canal in the world and a famous tourist destination. 1,776 km (1,104 mi) long and starting at Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou, linking five of China’s main river basins: Haihe River, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Yangtze River and Qiantang River. The oldest parts of the canal can date back to the 5th century BC, but the various sections were first connected during the Sui dynasty (581–618 AD). The Yuan (1206-1368 AD) and Ming (1368-1644 AD) dynasties significantly rebuilt the canal and altered its route to supply their capital Beijing. This led to a series of gigantic construction sites, creating the world’s largest and most extensive civil engineering project prior to the Industrial Revolution. It has played an important role in ensuring the country’s economic prosperity and stability and is still in use today as a major means of communication. 


In this itinerary, tourists can visit 17 major cities along this 1,776 km long Grand Canal by a private car and guide, to cruse some parts of the canal and enjoy many charming sceneries in these cities related to the canal. For sure it is a marvelous tour. 


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:  


The traditional Junction of the Grand Canal and the Qiantang River (the south end of the Grand Canal) - White Pagoda Park, and the current Junction of the Grand Canal and the Qiantang River, the Grand Canal Museum, the Gongchen Bridge on the Grand Canal, ancient streets along the Grand Canal, 9 Streams and 18 Gullies (Dragon Tea Plantation), Longjin (Dragon Well) Tea Village, the Soul Retreat Temple and Peak Flying from afar, Qinghefang Steet and Zhongshan Street, Huqingyu Tang (ancient Chinese herb pharmacy), the Bai Causeway, Lingering Snows on Broken Bridge (the bridge and pavilion at the east end of Bai Causeway), “The Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake” (a small lake side garden with a spacious platform, grand building, pavilions and bridges, here it is commonly regarded as the best place to enjoy the West Lake), Su Causeway, the Courtyard of Lotus Stirred by Breeze in Quyuan Garden, Boat to Three Pools Mirroring Moon (the biggest island in the West Lake).

The Grand Canal and the West Lake are the UNESCO World Heritage. 



Tiger Hill, Xuanmiao Temple, Guanqian Street, Pingjiang Historical and Cultural Street Block, Suzhou Museum, Humble Administrators Garden (UNESCO World Heritage) and Chinese Classical Garden Museum, Cruising the Grand Canal, Master-of-Nets Garden (UNESCO World Heritage), Treasury Belt Bridge (UNESCO World Heritage) by the side of Grand Canal.



Xihui Park (includes the 2nd Best Spring in China, Huishan Hill, Taibo Temple, Jichang Garden (Pleasure Garden), Ancient Huishan Town), ancient Nanchang Street, Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal & Qingming Bridge 



Biji Lane, Cruising on the Grand Canal from the Crescent Islet in the Dongpo Park (ancient Yizhou Pavilion) which is in the memory of Mr. Su Dongpo (1037-1101 AD), one of the most prominent litterateurs in China.



The Junction of the Grand Canal & the Yangtze River, the Jinshan Temple (Golden Hill Temple) & the No. 1 Spring in China, Ancient Xijing Ferry Area. 



Ancient Guazhou Ferry, the Wenfeng Pagoda (outside), the Tang Dynasty City Site Museum, Ancient Dongguan Street, the ancient East City Gate of Yangzhou, the ancient Dongguan Port by the side of the Grand Canal, Geyuan Garden, The Slender West Lake, Pingshantang Hall (Flat Hills Hall) & Daming Temple, Cruising on the Grand Canal, Museum of Guangling Kings Tomb in Han Dynasty (around 2000 years ago) 


Jiangdu City:

Jiangdu Key Water Control Project 


Gaoyou City: 

Ancient Yicheng Post office, Ancient Zhenguo Temple in a islet in the Grand Canal, Gaoyou Lake which is also part of the Grand Canal. 


Huai An: 

Ancient Huaian Governors Office, the Inner Grand Canal Culture Corridor, ancient Hexia Town (including the old residence of Mr.Wu Cheng En, the author of the famous novel in ancient China - "Journey to the West" which described how a monkey king and his monk master to get to West Land to fetch the real Buddhist Bible. ) by the side of Inner Canal. China Grand Canal Transportation Museum and the ancient Water Transport Governors Office Site, Zhenhuai Tower (out view), The Demarcation Mark Garden of the Southern China and Northern China, Qingyan Garden (part of UNESCO World Heritage - Grand Canal)



Xuzhou Museum, Han Dynasty Culture Area, includes the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warrior in Western Han Dynasty (202 BC–AD 8) and the Underground Palace of the Kings Mausoleum of Chu State in Western Han Dynasty. 



The Confucius Temple (UNESCO World Heritage), the Confucius later Generations Residence (UNESCO World Heritage), the Confucius and His Familys Cemetery (UNESCO World Heritage) 



The Grand Canal Tourist Area, including the Dongdasi Mosque by the side the Grand Canal, Nan Wang Grand Canal Hub Archaeological Park (the highest place along the Grand Canal).



Grand Canal Museum, Ancient Liaocheng city area in the middle of Dongchang Lake and Guangyue Tower, The Grand Canal Scenic Area including Shan Shan Guild Hall, Ancient Port on the Grand Canal, Ancient Iron Pagoda.



The original water course of the Grand Canal (UNESCO World Heritage), Aotouji (means Sea Turtle Head Jetty) and Watching Canal Tower by the side of the Grand Canal, ancient Tax Office (UNESCO World Heritage). 



Cangzhou Iron Lion  



The Grand Canal Area in Tianjin, the Queen of Heaven Palace in old Tianjian area, Old Foreign Concession Area including St Josephs Cathedral Church



The North Terminal of the Grand Canal in Ming Dynasty & cruising on the Grand Canal, Hutong Area in Beijing, includes Shichahai Lake (the original Terminal of the Grand Canal in the downtown Beijing in Yuan Dynasty around 700 years ago.) and the site of the original Grand Canal course, Mr. Guo Shou-Jin’s Memorial Hall (Mr. Guo Shou-Jin designed the Beijing city and the Beijing-Tianjin Section of the Grand Canal in Yuan Dynasty, around 700 year ago), Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Badaling. 


Experience in the Itinerary: 

* Visit 17 Cities along the Grand Canal 

* Cruising some parts in the Canal in Suzhou, Yangzhou, Gaoyou and Beijing. 

* Visit many attractions along the Grand Canal, include the south end of north end of the Canal, the junction of the canal and the Yangtze River.