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Shanghai and Neighbors Tour 8 days

Tour Code: CHT-107
Departure Date: You choose
Destinations: Shanghai / Suzhou / Huangshan / Hangzhou / Shanghai
Tour Price: from $1067
Tour Feature:Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, Private Guided with your own English speaking guide (otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1
Place & Transport: Arrive in Shanghai, Flight not included
Today’s Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai)

Day 2
Place & Transport: Shanghai to Suzhou, Train No. D444 (Shanghai Railway Station – Suzhou Railway Station) Dep 17:35 – Arr 18:11
Today’s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station to Hotel Transfer (Suzhou), Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, The Shanghai World Financial Center, Julong Silk Exhibition
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Old Shanghai Restaurant

- Yuyuan Garden: Located at a very busy marketplace in a complex of traditional-style buildings, backing onto Yu Gardens, you can find everything there from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, teahouses and some great restaurants. There is a small (reconstructed) Temple (Chenghuang: Temple of the City Gods) in there as well.

- Yuyuan Market: Located next to the Yuyuan Garden and also known today as the City God Temple, it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. The City God Temple is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall and etc. The City God Temple has a great influence on the residents of Shanghai. The religious festivals of the temple are considered to be the festivals for all Shanghai people.

- Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall: A short walk across Renmin Square from the Shanghai Museum, this is a fascinating insight into Shanghai’s future. The 2nd floor has a giant walkaround model of the city, and other floors have great displays, interactive exhibitions and walkthroughs of aspects such as the ports, greening, leisure etc.

- The Shanghai World Financial Center: The Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper. It is a mixed use skyscraper, which will consist of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. The hotel component has 175 rooms and suites and goes by the name: The Park Hyatt, Shanghai. On September 14, 2007, the skyscraper reached 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, including Hong Kong, as well as the world’s third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.

- Old Shanghai Restaurant: Old Shanghai Restaurant is a old and famous local restaurant which serves typical Shanghai Food as well as different flavors from other parts of China.

- Julong Silk Exhibition: Julong Silk Exhibition is a window into Suzhou Maowang embroidery group situated Shanghai. There are two exhibitions where you can see how silk is produced from the silk cocoons and turned into the fabric. It has become a popular spot for foreign tourists looking for authentic, quality products.
Address: Dagu Road, Shanghai

Day 3
Place & Transport: Suzhou to Overnight train, Train No. N418/N419 (Suzhou Railway Station – Huangshan Railway Station) Dep 23:39 – Arr 10:00
Today’s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Suzhou), The Grand Canal, Lingering Garden, Humble Administrators Garden, Tiger Hill
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Yangyang Dumpling Restaurant

- The Grand Canal: The Grand Canal ranks alongside the Great Wall of China as the country’s greatest engineering achievement and it is the longest man-made waterway in the world. Cruising on the Canal, you can see the local peoples’ life.

Known as the land of rice and fish, Suzhou city has a network of picturesque lakes and canals both large and small, which all link in eventually to the Grand Canal. The view from the little boats that ply the smaller canals is enchanting, whilst the traffic on the Grand Canal reminds you of Suzhou that it was the original source of the ‘sea’ silk road.

- Lingering Garden: Suzhou is famous for its gardens.Lingering Garden is an elaborate succession of small gardens. Lingering in a garden you will marvel at its unique architecture and art. It is located on No.338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou City. Designed to “linger” through the generations, with a succession of small beautifully landscaped gardens, pools and pavements and a pavilion for each season. It has wonderful covered walkways, carved corridors, elaborately shaped doorways and perfect viewpoints for a variety of perspectives on this special garden.

- Humble Administrators Garden: The garden is the best representative of Chinese classical gardens, constructed in the Ming dynasty,which focuses on a central pond with pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers located nearby, the garden is divided into three parts: the eastern, middle and western parts.At 5 hectares the largest of these beautiful gardens, it is one of the most famous one. It provides everyone with pleasure. Don’t miss the Garden Museum – actually don’t miss any of this lovely place. Tourists may wear comfortable shoes, as there’s a lot of walking here.

- Tiger Hill: Tiger Hill, known also as Surging Sea Hill, is a large hillock, standing 36 meters high and covering an area of some 14,100 square meters. Going up to the hill, you will find a number of historical sites, including some from 2,500 years ago, which are as old as the Suzhou city. It is a beautiful park around the hillock where, according to legend, King Wu was buried in 514BC, guarded by a white tiger. A gentle climb passes attractive historic spots, each with own tale such as Sword Testing Rock, Miss Wu’s Tomb, Sword Spring, 1000 People Rock, to the leaning pagoda at the top. Tourists may walk down past tea bushes to the pretty canal and wooden boats. Horse-drawn or electric carts may travel some of the paths.

- Yangyang Dumpling Restaurant: Originally established as a dumpling factory, Yangyang has developed into a restaurant serving diversified cuisine. Combining traditional delicacies with western-style food, Yangyang has been recognized by overseas tourist magazines.

Day 4
Place & Transport: Overnight train to Huangshan
Today’s Activities: Train station to Hotel Transfer (Huangshan), Hongcun Village, Xidi Village, huangshan museum
Meals: Chinese Lunch at Leigang villa

- Hongcun Village: It’s located in the place which is about 10 kilometers off the northeast part of Yixian County. An ancient town over 800 years old leaning against Mt. Huangshan, it is folded in the fog of the Mt. which makes it look like a river and mountain picture. It enjoys the reputation of “The Chinese town in the pictures”. Especially, the whole town distributes like a cow, which made it one of the wonders in the world culture heritage. The famous film “Crouching Tiger” was made here. Surrounded by a picturesque moat with bridges to the village and a half-moon shaped pond in the centre, this is a favourite haunt of artists, and students often stay with local families to paint here. Laid out to represent a buffalo, it is one of the prettiest places in the area, known as the Chinese town in the pictures and has been listed by UNESCO for its beauty and largely undeveloped traditional streets and houses. Various halls, dwellings and an old school are open to visitors.

- Xidi Village: Xidi is located at the foot of Mt. Huangshan. It’s 54 kilometers away from Huangshan City.First built 900 years ago in Song Dynasty with UNESCO, its traditional architecture is well preserved. The buildings and the street patterns, reflect the socio-economic structure of an enduring period of Chinese history. Don’t miss the large memorial archway.

- Leigang villa: “chinese-style food and local food ,leigang restaurant is situate on the top of the leigang hill .Here, clean air, beautiful environment, pleasant scenery.It is surrounded by bamboo forest and peach tree.Standing on the hill,you can do a bird’s eye view to the whole Hongcun village. ”

- huangshan museum: Huangshan museum is the biggest comprehensive exhibition in Huangshan. It showcases products of all types including ink stone, Hui-style ink, paintings, Hui-style carvings, ancient books, old porcelain. It has become a popular spot for foreign tourists looking for authentic, quality Hui-style products.
Address: No.24 huishang, huangshan City

Day 5
Place & Transport: Huangshan
Today’s Activities: Yungu Cable Car, Yellow Mountain
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Yungu Cable Car: You can enjoy the scenery along the way to the yellow mountain by cable car.

- Yellow Mountain: Located in the south of Anhui Province, with an area of about 1,200 square kilometers, known as “the loveliest mountain in China”,famous for magnificent scenery whatever the season: granite peaks piercing the clouds, strangely shaped rocks and gnarled trees, hot springs, waterfalls, wonderful outlooks and over 1500 plant species. No traffic within the core area of about 150 square kilometres, accessible by cable car or on foot. Many enticing walks of all grades, all include some steps.

Day 6
Place & Transport: Huangshan to Hangzhou
Today’s Activities: Hotel to bus station Transfer (Huangshan), Express bus station to Hotel Transfer (Hangzhou), Yungu Cable Car
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at U.B.C Coffee

- Yungu Cable Car: You can enjoy the scenery along the way to the yellow mountain by cable car.

- U.B.C Coffee: Located nearby the Old Street, U.B.C Coffee is well decorated with a cozy environment. The restaurant serves western food and Business Package. It also caters to a variety of cuisine, including Western-style cakes, coffee, steak, etc.

Day 7
Place & Transport: Hangzhou to Shanghai, Train No. D680 (Hangzhou Railway Station – Shanghai South Railway Station) Dep 18:18 – Arr 19:36
Today’s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Hangzhou), Train station to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai), Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation, The West Lake(including the Island on the lake), Meijiawu Village
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Tianxinglou Restaurant

- Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the Temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.

- Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.

- The West Lake(including the Island on the lake): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. A visit to Fairy Island is worth it to see on of the Ten Best Views of West Lake – Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.

- Tianxinglou Restaurant: Hangzhou Tianxianglou is the biggest hotel on the GaoYin Street and has a unique elegance and antique flavor. It is famous throughout China for it’s Hangzhou style dishes.

- Meijiawu Village: Meijiawu Village is located in the western part of West Lake scenic area. It has a history of over 600 years. Situated among lush green hills, it is a rustic, natural scenic spot. Visitors can have a tea culture experience by learning tea picking and processing. It also showcases tea products of all kinds including jasmine tea, Dragon Well tea, green tea, black tea, and wulong tea. Address: No.1 South Meiling Road

Day 8
Place & Transport: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included
Today’s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
Meals: Breakfast

Price Inclusions:
* Entrance Fees:
To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
* Meals:
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is a western style buffet.
* Private Transfers:
Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and english-speaking guide (as listed above).
Your comfort is our priority!
* Guide:
As outlined in the itinerary an english-speaking guide and driver will be provided, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city.
* Hotels:
Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities.
* Service Charge & Government Taxes:
* Luggage Transfers:
Between airports and hotels.
* Arrangements:
The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:
* Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
* Meals:
Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
* Single Room Supplement?

International Finance Centre

International Finance Centre (IFC) is an integrated commercial development in the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District. It consists of three skyscrapers and the IFC Mall and Airport Express station, owned by the MTR Corporation.

One International Finance Centre was completed in 1999. It is 210 m tall and has 38 stories.

Two International Finance Centre was completed in 2003. It is 412.12 m tall with 90 floors. It is the second tallest building in China and the 6th tallest office building in the world after Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Sears Tower in Chicago, USA, and the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China. These ranks are based on structural heights; by roof height only Taipei 101 and Sears Tower exceed it.

Tenants of the building include:

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Nomura Group
The Four Seasons Hotel and Suites will complete the third phase of the development and is expected to open in 2004. It will be the first Four Seasons in Hong Kong. It has approximately 40 storeys.

The Forest of Stone Steles Museum

With over 3,000 years of recorded history maybe it should not be surprising that China has a museum containing nearly 3,000 pieces of inscribed stone. Those stones are called steles, which is a small monolith with carved writings or low-relief sculpture on one face. Like many things in China, these particular examples are extraordinary.

The museum is located in downtown Xi’an on Sanxue Street. The examples of Chinese calligraphy housed there have been lovingly gathered and cared for over many centuries. There are over 2,000 engraved tablets from the Han dynasty alone.

Originally constructed in 1078AD, the museum is now a labyrinth of six corridors, seven rooms and eight pavilions holding the huge collection. It is unique among storehouses of artifacts in its concentration on this one art.

The collection grew as samples were added over the centuries from the Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Extensively renovated in 1937, the museum and contents took on the present shape.

Chinese calligraphy has been practiced for over 5,000 years and many of its finest examples are housed in the museum. Among many top notch works, there is the Cao Quan stele, written in Han script in 185AD. Others of immense historical importance are also part of the collection, such as the Nestorian stele and the Monk Bu Kong.

The steles from Langya originate from Lin Xi during the Eastern Jin dynasty in the early 4th century. They provide evidence of the changes in Chinese calligraphy that were beginning during that time. Elegant, yet forceful, these samples influenced many generations of carvers.

Many of the steles are as important for their calligraphy as their content. The Chinese language is pictographic – its symbols are not just letters as English or Roman languages are. Like Egyptian hieroglyphics, they have an artistic element as well. Through the ages, many of these stones show variations in style that make them works of art in written language, as well as historical documents. The Ouyang Xun steles are examples of this.

Some steles are commemorative plaques praising some great man. Some are religious texts. The 12 Confucian Classics, carved around 837AD, guided much of those practicing the religion in feudal times. The Book of Changes, the Book of Rites and others were not merely displays of art for the idle rich, but sacred texts that defined a philosophy for millions. In the 2nd Exhibition Hall similar steles are stored constituting the Holy Buddhist Scriptures.

Epitaphs, stories, scriptures and other forms of writing show that the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is more than just a collection of ancient lithographic oddities. It is a treasure trove of the history of a complex people and their culture down through the ages.

Tibet

Tibet is a region of Central Asia and the home of the Tibetan people. With an average elevation of 4,900 m (16,000 ft), it is often called the “Roof of the World”. In Western usage, “Tibet” may refer either to the Tibet Autonomous Region or TAR (an administrative subdivision of the People’s Republic of China), or to historic Tibet which consisted of the provinces of Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang. The TAR covers the former U-Tsang province and western Kham, the remainder coming under the present-day Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, and Sichuan. Since 1959 the former government of Tibet, led by the 14th Dalai Lama, has maintained a government in exile in northern India which claims sovereignty over the area of Tibet defined by the pre-1950 borders.

Historic Tibet
The historic capital of Tibet is Lhasa, which is also the capital of the TAR. Other cities in Tibet are Shigatse, Gyangtse, Golmud, Lhatse, Maqin, Pelbar, Sakya, Tingri, Tongren, Xining, Yushu, Zhangmu.

History
Little is known of Tibet before the 7th century when Buddhism was introduced by missionaries from India. Tibet was a strong kingdom between the 8th and 10th centuries. Lamaism began to develop when the Tibetan kingdom weakened in the 10th century. In the 13th century Tibet was conquered by Genghis Khan, who ruled Tibet through a local puppet government.

Eventually the most important of the Grand Lamas came to be the Dalai Lama. By the early 18th century China established the right to have resident commissioners in Lhasa. When the Tibetans rebelled against the Chinese in 1750, a Chinese army entered the country and tried to restore Chinese authority. Even though China claimed to have regained control on Tibet, the Tibetan government around the Dalai Lama remained sovereign.

The Tibetans lived under a feudal system run by the lamas, with the great monasteries owning most of the land. As late as 1953, of the country’s population of 1.25 million, more than 700,000 were serfs. In 1904 the British sent an Indian military force and seized Lhasa, forcing Tibet to open its border with British India. A 1906 treaty with China repeated these conditions, making Tibet a de facto British protectorate.

After 1907, a treaty between Britain, China, and Russia recognized Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. The Chinese established direct rule for the first time in 1910. But when the 1911 Xinhai Revolution ended the Qing Dynasty the Chinese troops withdrew to fight the upcoming Chinese Revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and the Dalai Lama was able to re-establish his power. In 1913, Tibet and Mongolia signed a treaty proclaiming their independence from China, and their mutual recognition. The independence claim was a term used by revolutionaries the Qing dynasty. The subsequent outbreak of world wars and civil war in China caused both the powers and China to lose interest in Tibet, and the 13th Dalai Lama ruled undisturbed.

China never renounced its claim to sovereignty over Tibet. In 1950 the People’s Liberation Army entered Tibet against little resistance. In 1951 a treaty signed under military pressure by representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama provided for rule by a joint Chinese-Tibetan authority. During the 1950s Chinese rule grew more oppressive, and in 1959, local warlords led an armed Tibetan rebellion. The rebellion was soon crushed, and the Dalai Lama had to flee to India. The Panchen Lama was set up as a figurehead in Lhasa. In 1965 the south-western part of Tibet was designated as an Autonomous Region. The monastic estates were broken up and secular education introduced. During the Cultural Revolution there was a campaign of organized vandalism against Tibet’s Buddhist heritage as the Red Guards did with the Chinese cultural heritage all over China.

Since 1979 Chinese policy in Tibet has veered between moderation and repression. Most religious freedoms have been officially restored, but the imprisonment of monks and nuns is still a daily routine in Tibet.

Geography
Tibet is located on the Tibetan Plateau, the world’s highest region. Most of the Himalaya mountain range lies within Tibet; Mount Everest is on Nepal’s border with Tibet.

The atmosphere is intensely dry nine months of the year. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversable year round. Low temperatures are prevalent throughout these western regions, whose bleak desolation is unrelieved by any vegetation beyond the size of low bushes, and where the wind sweeps unchecked across vast expanses of arid plain. The Indian monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Tibet but essentially none on western Tibet. Northern Tibet is subject to intense heat in summer and intense cold in winter.

Historic Tibet consisted of several regions:

Amdo (a mdo) in northeast the provinces of Qinghai, part of Gansu and part of Sichuan
Kham (khams) in east part of Sichuan, northern Yunnan and part of Qinghai
Western Kham part of Tibetan Autonomous Region
U (dbus) in center part of Tibetan Autonomous Region
Tsang (gtsang) in west part of Tibetan Autonomous Region
Tibetan cultural influences extend to the neighboring states of Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, and adjacent provinces of China where Tibetan Buddhism is the predominate religion.

Several majors rivers have their source in Tibet, including:

Chang Jiang
Huang He
Indus River
Mekong
Yellow River
Brahmaputra
Ganges

Economy
The Tibetan economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture. Due to limited arable land, livestock raising is the primary occupation. The Qinghai-Tibet Railroad is being built to link the region with China proper.

Demographics
Historically, the population of Tibet was primarily Tibetans. Since the 1980s, the PRC government has systematically supported the settlement of Han Chinese in Tibet, further diminishing any chances of Tibetan political independence. Other ethnic groups include Menba, Lhoba and Hui.

Culture
Tibet is the traditional center of Tibetan Buddhism, a distinctive form of Vajrayana. Tibet is also home for a related spiritual tradition called B

The Ba Hanging Coffins

The Ba Hanging Coffins

Most ancient civilizations buried their dead under the ground, a few burned them on pyres. But there are some that placed bodies of the dead in coffins and hung the coffins on a precipice.

Examples of the latter can be found in many locations throughout China. Some of those are placed on wooden beams projecting out from rock, others are on the rocks themselves. Still others are merely placed in caves high up a cliff face. Some were even suspended on wooden stakes above the ground or stuck into the cliff face.

Coffins have been found from 18 counties in various provinces, some containing hundreds of samples. The age of some preserved artifacts ranges over 13 centuries from the Jin Dynasty (265AD-420AD) to the Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD). But the practice dates much further back. Archaeologists have found hanging coffins in Wuyi Mountain from as far back as the Zhou Dynasty (1027BC-777BC).

One of the most well-known examples are the Ba Hanging Coffins of the Three Gorges. Some of these are – or soon will be – lost forever as the waters of the river rise. That change was brought about by the Three Gorges River dam project which is flooding sections that were previously high above the river’s surface.

Most of these contain the remains of Ba peoples, an ancient ethnic Chinese group centered around what is now Yibin City. When buried, the wooden coffin – many containing weapons, food containers and decorated with Tiger carvings – would be placed high up the cliff face. These people are believed to be among the original engineers and workers of China’s famed Silk Road.

Preserved examples of the coffins can be found in various museums around the country. Dozens are housed in the Yibin Museum in Gong Xian. Others can be seen in Wuyi in the Fujian Province. Still more are stored in Yingtan City in Jiang Xi. And, for a while, viewing the Ba Hanging Coffins of the Three Gorges is possible as part of one of the many tours down the river.

The Ba culture survived for over 3,000 years but the last known descendant is believed to have died out as recently as 400 years ago though the funeral practice ended centuries earlier. The earliest known example of their funeral practices is believed to be one dating 2,500 years ago found at Three Gorges.

Why this ancient people began this practice, or what significance it may have had for them, is not known. Some believe that suspending the body high above the ground confered honor. It isn’t even known with certainty how they achieved some of the engineering feats involved in placing coffins so far up a cliff, distant from the top of the mountain.

But whatever the answers to these questions are, the Ba Hanging Coffins continue to fascinate visitors to China generation after generation. Come find out why.

Shanghai, Manhattan of China

Shanghai is a dynamic city, doing business at top speed and enjoying everything the new China has built.

There is more construction in Shanghai right now than in Manhattan, despite the fact that this Chinese business capital is much older. Hordes of cranes swing girders over the head of the population below all day. Given that the population is approaching 20 million, that’s a lot of girders. But there’s much more for tourists to do than watching buildings being built.

At one time Shanghai was the center of China’s opium trade. But the days of thieves and prostitutes are long gone. Shanghai, called the ‘City on the Sea’ has evolved. It now boasts the country’s stock market and is one of the world’s major financial centers.

If offers one of the world’s largest hotels, excellent dining and incomparable shopping. High-priced boutiques offer goods even a Parisian would not turn a nose up at. Givenchy, Lagerfeld and many more have stores here.

The Bund (Wai Tan) is a very popular sight in Shanghai. The name may sound German, but the area has a very international flavor. There are neo-classical buildings and a waterfront promenade full of busy locals and happy visitors.

Tourists rub shoulders with the street vendors in front of the Nisshin Kisen Kaisha Shipping building, built in 1925. The 7th floor restaurant is a local favorite. Others favor the roof terrace restaurant at the 1916 Union Assurance building. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of Pudong, where much of the major activity takes place.

Xintiandi is another of Shanghai’s many refurbished areas. It now offers upscale clubs and restaurants, but it still retains the aura of its 19th century architecture. You’ll be treated like visiting royalty.

The Yu Yuan Gardens have been receiving visitors for four centuries. And they remain one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. There are five acres of botanical treasures on display.

After a few hours spent viewing some of China’s ancient history, tourists may want to see a modern example of Shanghai’s creativity: The Oriental Pearl Tower (Dong Fang Ming Zhu). Visitors get a spectacular view of the city from the top of one of the world’s tallest broadcasting towers. It’s open day and night and the view is worth seeing both times.

The Shanghai Museum is one of the city’s more recent additions. Built in 1996, it offers 11 modern galleries full of both contemporary and ancient objects. There are bronzes, ceramics, jade and furniture from the Ming dynasty. The sculpture collection is particularly impressive.

Shanghai sits alongside the Yangtze River and there are tours down that mammoth waterway that offer one of the best views of the city. You’ll be competing for river space with lots of other boats, though. Shanghai is one of the busiest cargo ports in the world.

There are many other sights available not far from the dock. Ten Thousand-Flower Pavilion, the Grand Rockery and the Hall of Jade Magnificence are all well attended. Each is a great spot to take a break from all the activity.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak or The Peak (Tai Ping Shan ) is a mountain in the South-West of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the tourist destinations in Hong Kong. The Peak is the place where the richest members of the former colony live.

About six million people visit this destination every year. One can see Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, even Victoria Park, from the Peak Tower. The tower has a special “wok” shape; it is not at the top of the mountain at the center of Hong Kong Island (554 m above sea level), but at an elevation of 396 m: the architects sought a design which would be prominent on the skyline but would not interrupt the natural line of the hills. The site is in a dip along the line of the hills, and the tower’s height is restricted to 428 m above sea level, overlooking the city of Hong Kong. It is reachable by roads, the Peak Tram (a cable car on rails), and the Mid-Levels escalators (see also Transportation in Hong Kong). It is the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong for the spectacular views of the city and bay.

On a clear day, people can wander through forests of bamboo and fern, stunted Chinese pines, hibiscus, and vines of wonderful natural beauty. In fact, the best way to see The Peak in all its bucolic glory is by walking around Lugard Road, which is the best spot to look down at both shores of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon Peninsula and even the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Islands district on the southern part of Hong Kong. That is a special tip for the tourists to take the best pictures of the Peak.

Peak Tower
The Peak Tower has seven floors with a total 10,400 sq m (112,000 sq ft). There is a viewing platform on the third floor. In 1997, Peak Tower was redeveloped, with new attractions Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Hong Kong’s Historical Adventure. The first one is a Motion Simulator. While the latter is the first computer-operated entertainment ride in Hong Kong, and is a “train journey” through scenes of the Hong Kong’s early history. There are many restaurants and shops in it. There is Madame Tussaud’s which is London’s famous wax museum. Wax models of many world popular artisits and people such as the would famous action actor Jackie Chan are there.

Peak Explorer Motion Simulator is located in the forth floor of the Peak Tower. It has high technological machines, such as projectors, music and light machines. So, people visiting there can have a simulative, wonderful and excitive space journey.

If visitors go shopping in the Peak Tower, they can buy many kinds of high quality souvenirs in the Peak Store. They can also buy some special things, such as Chinese arts & crafts, cosmetics, photo products and books, etc at other shops.

If visitors feel hungry in the Peak Tower, they can try many Asian and Western dishes because many types of restaurants locate there. The most special food may be the Japanese-style pancakes of

Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre

The Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre at Beijing’s Chongwen district, Hutong is one of the most romantic Peking opera theatres of Beijing, and also the oldest wooden theatre in China. With a rich history including performances by the Grandmaster of Peking Opera, Mei Lanfang, the theatre is a living relic and one of Beijing’s fine monuments.

In the meantime restored, the theater now enjoys new days of bloom. Every night a delightful Peking opera shows in a historic Chinese theater.

Casino Lisboa

Casino Lisboa is the largest and probably the best-known casino in Macau, People’s Republic of China.

The casino is owned by the Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau. This three-storey complex was built in late 1960s. Since then Macau was known as “Monte Carlo of the Orient”.