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Eastern China

7 days featuring Hangzhou and Shanghai

This is a good program for schools who have sister schools in Shanghai or Hangzhou, or for those schools who prefer to keep the internal travel between cities to a minimum.

 

Please note that this learning program can be reversed, with a stop in Shanghai prior to visiting Hangzhou. Additional nights can also be added in both cities.

 

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfares including taxes
  • 2 nights accommodation Hangzhou
  • 3 nights accommodation Shanghai
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers by private coach as required
  • Entrance fees to attractions and museums as listed in the itinerary
Tour Exclusions
  • Passport and visa fees and charges
  • Personal expenses (i.e. laundry)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges (if applicable)
Important Travel Insurance Information

FBI Travel will be able to assist you with the costs on a case by case basis and help you with a travel insurance policy to cover you as required. If you have pre-existing medical conditions which require additional cover please contact FBI Travel for assistance.

Tour Itinerary

Eastern China Tour
Day 1: Australia – Shanghai – Hangzhou
On arrival into Shanghai transfer to your flight for Hangzhou, one of China’s most important tourist places, famous for its enchanting natural beauty and elegance, plenty of romantic tales, and cultural heritages. When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century he declared that “it is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world”. And Hangzhou remains this charm till today.

Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Dinner is provided this evening.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hangzhou
After breakfast begin your Hangzhou tour with the No.1 attraction West Lake. Enjoy a boat cruise on the serene lake and learn the love story of the White Snake enchantress and the mortal Xu Xian (one of the four folk stories in China) while cruising past the iconic sunset-redden Leifeng Pagoda, under which the White Snake enchantress suffers confinement as the legend goes.

Visit the 1,600-year-old Lingyin Temple that hides itself at a mountainous corner of West Lake scenic spot. The temple features many grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the incredible Flying Peak. After lunch (OA) you will visit Dragon Well Tea Village, learn more about tea-making process (tea planting) and Chinese tea culture. The tea village also provides a fabulous distant view of the mountains that parade around West Lake.

Complete the tour at Imperial Street of Southern Song Dynasty. The street, along which the emperor marched towards the sacrificial altar, has kept the original roadbed and many Western buildings of 1920s. Stroll through the passage of time and experience the historic Hangzhou.

Return to your hotel in time for dinner this evening

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Hangzhou – Shanghai
After breakfast at your hotel check out and travel by private coach to Wuzhen, one of the top four renowned towns in Jiangnan Area (south of Yangtze River). It’s a typical ancient water town with over 6,000 years’ civilization history and nearly 2,000 years’ history of Jiangnan Culture. Time is slow here, resting on the mottled old houses and the slow-moving waters.

Continue on your travel to Shanghai, located at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Arrive at your hotel and check in and enjoy some free time before dinner this evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Shanghai
After breakfast at your hotel, make your way to The Bund and start your tour*. Admire the views of Pudong across the river and embrace the city skyline, appreciating the diverse architectural buildings (Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and Mixed Eastern and Western style). If you wish, you can visit the Shanghai World Financial Centre for the most amazing views of Shanghai  from their 474 meter high platform.

Next stop is the over 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, the representative ancient garden in Shanghai. Here you have about 1.5 hours to appreciate the elegant pavilions, villa, lotus pond and bridges. Don’t miss the two highlights Mid-Lake Pavilion and Zigzag Bridge that provide access to the Pavilion. Enjoy wandering through the market stalls and souvenir shops that surround the gardens.

This afternoon visit Pudong financial district. Among seas of skyscrapers in Pudong New Area of Shanghai, Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) is the best option for visitors who aim for bird’s eye view of Shanghai cityscape. With regard to the height, SWFC boasts a 474-meter-high top sightseeing platform, which is 124 meters higher than that of Oriental Pearl Tower.

Head back to your hotel for some leisure time before this evenings activities.

This evening have dinner at your hotel before enjoying your Huangpu River cruise, which will provide you with the magnificent skylines on both the historic west side (the Bund), and the modern east

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Shanghai
After breakfast at your hotel visit Shanghai Museum. Reputed as one the top museums in China, the Shanghai Museum is a museum of Chinese ancient art with a collection of 120,000 precious Chinese works of art and archaeological findings. It has 11 state-of-the-art galleries and 3 special exhibition halls, all encircling a spacious cylindrical atrium.

Following your museum visit make your way by coach to Xintiandi, a car-free shopping, dining and entertainment area of Shanghai. The look and feel of the place resemble Covent Garden in London, minus the eccentric street performers. This is the place where lots of expats and even local executives hang out. It features an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, purely old Shanghai style and very nice to see.. Xintiandi is a must-visit ‘hang out’ place in Shanghai.

Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time shopping at Nanjing Road. Return to your hotel in time for dinner, then after dinner why not consider the Shanghai Acrobatic show as your add-on activity? As one of the oldest performing arts in China, the acrobatics displayed on stage include a number of feats focusing on flexibility, strength, endurance and sheer will-power.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Shanghai
After breakfast at your hotel the time is allocated as leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Australia
Arrive home

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FBI Educational Group Travel Department on (03) 8573 0900 or email marcusl@fbitravel.com.au
Terms & Conditions:*Itinerary subject to change. All hotel accommodation for school groups in China is a minimum 3 ½ star standard. Although they are often cheaper and of an acceptable 3 star standard, we do not use Government hotels as they reserve the right to take over hotel inventory at last minute for large government group movements and it can be difficult to find alternative accommodations at short notice without increasing the tour price. All accommodation has been visited, inspected and approved for student groups. All accommodation is selected for its security, location, quality of meals and room standard. Our guides are hand selected for their knowledge and maturity but also for their English speaking skills and ability to liaise with Australian teachers. We have a preferred group of expert guides who we have hand selected to work with our student groups and these have been selected based on positive feedback from teachers.

 

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