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Yu Garden


This ancient property owned by a Ming dynasty official is the only Ming garden in the northern part of the Old City. Built in 1559, the 2-hectare garden has been around for over four centuries. It boasts over 40 ingeniously conceived, well laid out ancient buildings, which have interesting names like Iron Panther, Moon Tower and Hearing-Waves Pavilion. With its pavilions, artificial mountains and ponds, it’s widely advertised as a gem of classic Chinese gardening and an oasis of calm marooned in the urban bustle. It is not only a tourist attraction, but also a worth-a-dedicated-trip shopping destination where trinkets, local products and famous snacks attract those ready to shell out.
Yu Garden Station, Subway Line 10;

The Bund

The Bund has also been known as Zhongshan First East Road, which measures about 1.5 kilometers in length. It starts from Yanan East Road in the south and extends to Waibaidu Bridge on Suzhou Creek in the north. To its east is the Huangpu River. To its west are 52 classic buildings of Gothic and Baroque styles which used to house old Shanghai’s financial institutions and trading companies; therefore, the Bund is now acclaimed as an outdoor museum of international architecture. The Huangpu River is the largest river flowing through downtown Shanghai. It rises at Longwang Mountain Nature Reserve close to Anji, Zhejiang province. It experiences the ebb and flow of tides twice everyday, and the water levels could have a drop of up to 4 meters. Facing the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s mother river, the Bund has been a symbol of the city for over 100 years. It was not only witness to Shanghai’s legendary past, but also fully demonstrates to the world the city’s remarkable ability to absorb foreign cultures. The peaceful river, the long dyke and the green belt against the dazzling backdrop of charming buildings make the Bund Shanghai’s signature spot. In the morning, early birds come here for morning exercises. In daytime, it is a bustling attraction. In the evening, the buildings lit up along the Bund are like crystal palaces, ad visitors are amazed by unforgettable night vistas.
Nanjing East Road Station, Subway Line 2/10;

Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

Shanghai's Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street sets an exemplary model for Asia's shopping scene. It's positioned for the middle-end and high-end brands and is visited by both the locals and visitors alike.
The "Big Four" are can't-misses: the Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, Yong An Company, Shanghai Fashion Company, and the Shanghai First Food Chain Development Company. The well-established Shanghai No. 1 Department Store stands right where Tibet Middle and Nanjing East Road converge. In its previous incarnation as Daxin Company before 1949, the department store was the moust illustrious building on Nanjing East Road. Although today it's no longer a symbol of chic and trends, it's still paradigmatic of Shanghai's commercial culture. 
It's quite an experience to cruise through this 1200-meter pedestrian street paved with colored bricks and stones, with pedestrian traffic flowing irresistably and sightseeing trains trundling through small stalls and boutique shops. This is one of the best places where one can savor up Shanghai's signature modern metropolitan style, with the rickshaws, incense shops, and classic cigarette ads being a thing of past. 
Stroll eastwards from Henan Road to Shanghai's most celebrated attraction: The Bund. You feel you are no longer in the 21st century and are transported back in time; you feel you landed in Charles Dickens' London seen only in photos. Narrow streets, tall buildings, grey walls, high ceilings, pointed roofs - everything has a story to tell. In the glow of the setting sun, the Bund exudes the unique charms of the 30's and 40's of the last century.
Nanjing East Road Station, Subway Line 2/10;

Xintiandi

Xintiandi, a modern leisure and entertainment neighborhood in downtown Shanghai, provides an interesting window on the city and the rest of the world, on city’s yesteryears, today and tomorrow. Culturally and historically imbued old homes which are known as Shikunmen and cover an area of nearly 30,000 square meters, have been turned into a hive of activity for diners, shoppers and entertainment and leisure seekers. Beneath the veneer of old bricks and roofs that have been preserved to this day and age are modern amenities. An easy stroll makes you feel you are transported back in time to a Shanghai of the 20’s and 30’s of the last century, but once you step into a door, the ambience of modernity is just overwhelming. Galleries, designer clothing shops, theme eateries, cafés and bars are everywhere. Street shows and trendy activities abound. Xintiandi is Shanghai’s new landmark. It is where tradition and modernity meet, a classy venue for urban slickers.
Huangbei South Road Station, Subway Line 1; Xintiandi Station, Subway Line 10;

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower 

The highest tower in Asia and the third highest tower in the world scans the cluster of modern buildings in Lujiazui on the bank of Huangpu River as well as the myriad classic foreign buildings on the Bund. The 468-meter high tower contains the base, 3 massive poles, the lower sphere, the middle sphere, the upper sphere and space capsule. Rocket up to the mid-level bubble for the eye-opening nightly views of the city in all its expanse and splendor. 
Lujiazui Station, Subway Line 2

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Immediately adjacent to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium was opened to the public in 2002 and has a total built-in area of 20,500 square meters. The facility contains 9 different thematic zones, boasting a collection of more than 450 species of aquatic animals from far and wide. It’s one of the world’s biggest man-made aquariums with ocean water, and also the world’s only aquarium with a China Zone devoted to the life and ecology of the reaches of the Yangtze River. 
Lujiazui Station, Subway Line 2

Water town-Wuzhen

Wuzhen, a town with a history of 1200 years, is just 50 minutes' drive from Hangzhou City . This small town, with its black tiled, tung oilpainted timber framework houses, that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging, brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting. The river running through the town was 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 town.
Wuzhen lies at the north of Tongxiang City . It faces Huzhou City to the west, Jiangsu 's Wujiang County to the north, and is the boundary area of two provinces and three cities. A county-level highway runs across the town, which links the provincial highway, No.320 and No.318 national highways and Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway. Wuzhen is 140 km away from Shanghai

Essential Hangzhou Tour

This is an essential tour of Hangzhou highlighted with local culture and history, apart from its great natural landscapes and cityscapes. When traveling in Hangzhou, the must-see tourist spots include West Lake Scenic Area, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Pagoda of Six Harmonies, all of which are available in this trip
West Lake (including boat cruise on West 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. On the boat you can see “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” — one of the “Top Ten Views of West Lake”. 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. 
Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the Top Ten 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: It is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Scenic Area and 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. 
Pagoda of Six Harmonies: The pagoda is located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in the south of Hangzhou City. It is one of the famous ancient pagodas in China and forms the wonderful sceneries of Hangzhou together with "Top Ten Views of West Lake". Erected by the Qiantang River and to the south of West Lake, Pagoda of Six Harmonies is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north"
The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: The street has been renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan, but still leads to the Palace of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127AD). The road that stretches 400 meters is lined with snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silks among others. 

Essential Suzhou Tour

Traveling in Suzhou for business, you might be wondering about where to go for sightseeing on a tight schedule; what to do after work while away from home; and what kind of souvenirs to bring back to friends, family members and colleagues. Here, in this section, Classicsuzhou.com will help you find the best answers to these questions.
Explore the Suzhou Classics
If you take a close look at the Suzhou Map, you’ll see that most of the World Heritage Classical Gardens are located in downtown Suzhou. Here, we strongly recommend a walking tour combining the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou Museum and the Lion Grove Garden in the afternoon before 5:30p.m. Then, take a taxi to Shiquan Street and grab a bite to eat. Walk about five minutes to the Master-of-nets Garden and enjoy the night performances there. Then at around 8 o’clock, you can head back to Shiquan Street, either for shopping or to enjoy one of the many western bars on offer.
Meet with the “Modern Suzhou”
The China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) is known as the symbol of Modern Suzhou. This is a part of Suzhou that is composed of classy shopping malls, expensive apartments, commercial buildings, luxury hotels, theme parks, theaters, exhibition centers and so on. Touring around the SIP, you may test your nerve at the Theme Park; or enjoy a boat ride on Jinji Lake; or appreciate the magnificent view of Ligongdi Dike at night…
Experience Suzhou Local Lifestyle
If you happen to finish your work in the late afternoon, you can head directly to Pingjiang Historic Block. This historic block, well preserved in its original form, is now filled with creative cafes, handicraft stores, book stores, tea houses, coffee bars, etc. Take a walk along the main street of the block, filled with the smell of the many trees and the lovely breeze, and witness local people’s lifestyle. Feel hungry? Just drop into a cafe and enjoy the view of ancient Suzhou and its delicious cuisine. After dinner and having recharged your batteries, take a taxi to Guanqian Street to hunt for the best Suzhou specialties for your friends and relatives.