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Day 8 – Shanghai to Singapore

This was the day we would depart Shanghai to return to Singapore. Breakfast was the usual affair, so underwhelming and not worth reporting. The good thing was we didn’t have to get up very early to have breakfast before 7 am.

Our departure flight out of Shanghai was 4.25 pm so we had plenty of time to slack during the morning. So we spent more time resting a while longer in our room watching TV. The view outside our window was so uninspiring like a war zone around us so we kept the curtains drawn for a better TV viewing experience even though the programs on TV were mostly Chinese.

After 9 am, we made our way slowly to the hotel lobby. We had already left our luggage outside our room for the porters to transfer to the bus. At the lobby, tour members mingled and chatted while Jackie was busy at front desk with check out procedures. When he was done, he came over to gather us to board the bus.

Finally, it was time to leave the hotel. It was a good day and the sky was clear and sunny this winter morning. The bus moved off once everyone had boarded and our bus driver tried to put on his best behaviour, smiled and greeted us as he had been rude and reckless at times during the past seven days and incurred a fine for driving into a no entry road in Hangzhou. The left over cigarette smell on the bus left much to be desired as well. This good behaviour was understandable as he probably hoped for some goodwill tips for providing us an extra shopping stop at the Asia Pacific Tourist Market the day before.

Before heading for the airport, we still had one last official shopping stop near the airport. We would be visiting a Jewelry Factory in Shanghai. As this factory was located nearer to the airport, that was probably why we had not gone to this place the day before where our itinerary was quite light. In about an hour, we arrived at an industrial area and soon our bus stopped and parked along the road outside a factory building. Continue reading 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS JIANGNAN TOUR – SHANGHAI, SUZHOU, WUXI, NANJING, HANGZHOU AND JIAXING – DAY 8


Day 7 – Shanghai

This was the best morning where we didn’t have to wake very early to head for breakfast and then rush out for tours. Our itinerary in Shanghai was so thin and having rejected the proposal brought up by Jackie and the driver the previous day with exorbitant cost, we could take our time to rest more in the hotel.

When we finally felt like it was time to replenish our stomach, we went to the restaurant for breakfast. It was already 7.45 am and the restaurant wasn’t crowded. The restaurant was spacious but a little run down. The buffet spread was just passable for this local 5-star hotel. How we missed the breakfast in Jiaxing the day before at Sunshine Hotel! We didn’t take long to get out of the restaurant after the quick breakfast.

Back in our room, when we pulled away the curtains, it was an astonishing sight. It was definitely not a view to die for. The surrounding of the hotel looked like a war zone with plots of lands under reconstruction and high rise apartments much further away. There were some houses and a big factory or warehouse facility nearby. It seemed like we were at the edge of the city in Shanghai. Had we booked our own hotel, we would never consider this location.

So with plenty of time, we chilled out in our room watching TV. It was good to chat with the children back home and surf the Internet as well. Finally, it was time to gather at the lobby to go for lunch. At the lobby, we mingled with the rest of the tour members. A few had apparently gone out to a shopping mall not very far away using the subway. It was a little walk to the metro station though. When everyone had gathered, Jackie led us out to board the bus. Continue reading 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS JIANGNAN TOUR – SHANGHAI, SUZHOU, WUXI, NANJING, HANGZHOU AND JIAXING – DAY 7


Day 6 – Jiaxing to Shanghai

We went for breakfast early as usual. This restaurant on the second floor was rather posh. The buffet spread was much better than the rest of the hotels we had stayed so far. Food quality was really good. We had a great breakfast this morning. Jackie was right. Sunshine Hotel was a good hotel in Jiaxing and one of the best on our lists of hotels for our China tour.

Having rested a while more in our room, we returned our room key to front desk. Our bags were already collected by the porters earlier. Sunshine Hotel is located along a main road. When everything was settled, we boarded our bus at the main entrance and started our tour for the day.

This morning, we would be visiting the Transformers Theme Park founded by Mr. Iron Team. This is the first park themed with the steel carving art for robots in China. Jiaxing is a small city. In about 20 minutes, we arrived at an industrial park area where this theme park was located. We alighted and noticed there was a car cut into two halves artistically erected on the road divider in front of the theme park entrance.

We wasted no time to enter the theme park with great excitement. We were not going for some thrill rides but to admire some metal art pieces here. The hall at the entrance wasn’t very impressive but there were a few pieces of metal art objects served as decorative art pieces. However, once we stepped into the open compound, it was a different world altogether. Continue reading 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS JIANGNAN TOUR – SHANGHAI, SUZHOU, WUXI, NANJING, HANGZHOU AND JIAXING – DAY 6

8 Days 7 Nights Jiangnan Tour – Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Jiaxing (December 2015)

We had spare time for a break during the Christmas week. So we decided to shop for a holiday package during the Travel Revolution Fair. This was the best time to look for a suitable tour package where many travel companies were dishing out great discounts during the travel fair.

From the many travel companies we approached for information, we took up a tour package with Dynasty Travel for an 8 Days 7 Nights tour to China, the Jiangnan plus Jiaxing tour covering cities in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi and Jiaxing. We had taken Jiangnan tour packages with other travel companies in the past but we found the itinerary offered by Dynasty Travel to be a little different which included a new city Jiaxing so this was why we signed up with Dynasty Travel.

This tour included most meals and accommodations were local five-star hotels. In addition, we would be flying on Singapore Airlines. The flight timing was very good as well.

Singapore to Shanghai 9.20 am to 2.35 pm
Shanghai to Singapore 4.25 pm to 10.15 pm

The cost for this package per person was $294. Airport tax was $370 plus another compulsory tour of $100. Tips for China tour guide and driver was RMB200. At this rate, the tour package was really value for money.

The tour itinerary from Dynasty Travel would be as follows:


Welcome to a unique experience! Assemble at airport for departure to Shanghai (or Hangzhou), check in hotel upon arrival.

DAY 2: SHANGHAI – HANGZHOU (About 3 hours)

Head for Hangzhou, visit the site of the Eight Diagrams Field of the Southern Song Dynasty, the place that the sacred ritual activities being taken by the ancient emperor, it also tells the history and culture of ancient Chinese agriculture. Visit Southern Song Dynasty Official Kiln Museum, it was built over the remains of Jiaotanxia Official Kiln and is the first of its kind with pottery and porcelain as its subject. Continue your journey to visit The New West Lake South Line and West Lake XinTiandi, view Lei Feng Pagoda Sunset. Dinner at Bafei Global Buffet : open kitchen concept, more than 500 global buffet, Chinese and Western cuisine, seafood, Southeast Asian cuisine, gourmet simmer soup, Cantonese roasted, Teppanyaki, Cantonese refreshments, Western desserts, soft drinks & wine, seasonal fresh fruits, exquisite dishes taste infinite!

International Buffet / Lunch: Hangzhou Cuisine / Dinner: Bafei Global Buffet

DAY 3: HANGZHOU – JIAXING (About 2 hours)

Take cruise on West Lake, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor. Next visit Meijiawu Tea Village, taste Longjing tea, experience the Chinese tea culture. Head for Jiaxing, visit the Transformers Theme Park founded by Mr. Iron team, it is the first park themed with the steel carving art for robot in China. Then visit the Rice Dumplings Museum in Yuehe Ancient Town, DIY Jiangnan rice dumplings with guidance of veterans, and you can taste at own expense.

International Buffet / Lunch: Beggar Chicken + Dongpo Pork

DAY 4: JIAXING – WUXI (About 2 hours)

Head for Wuxi, visit Huishan Ancient Town, it is featured by intensive distribution of ancient ancestral temple group, blessed with charming natural beauty, and various aspects of nature give you a new experience at every turn. Next visit Teapot Museum. Visit the Qingming Bridge Cultural Area at night (Extra tour fee program)

International Buffet / Lunch: Ribs Cuisine / Dinner: Qianlong Banquet

DAY 5: WUXI – NANJING (About 2.5 hours)

Visit Li Garden, the pictures of flowers in four seasons are painted on the pillars of Four Seasons Pavilions inside the garden. Li Garden lies by Li Lake and it is said that Fan Li who was a prime minister of the Yue State in Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC – 476 BC) was very meritorious in helping the king to conquer another state. However, he has decided to live in privacy with Xi Shi (one of the Four Beauties in ancient China) after the big success was achieved. They lived in this area and boated in Li Lake. In order to commemorate Fan Li, the lake was named after his name. However, the garden was named after the lake. Continue your journey to visit Taihu Pearl Gallery. After lunch, proceed to Nanjing, drive along Ming Dynasty Wall, the largest existing wall in China as well as in the world. View Yue Jiang Tower from far. Visit the Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River at night (Extra tour fee program)

International Buffet / Lunch: Taihu Cuisine Dinner: Huaiyang Cuisine

DAY 6: NANJING – SUZHOU (About 3 hours)

Visit Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, visit and take a lift to Yangtze River Bridge. Next visit Jade Carvings Workshop. Then proceed to Suzhou, tour to Pingjiang Historical and Cultural Street – “Water and Land in parallel, River and Street adjacent to each other”, this is a typical characteristic of Water Village. Later to visit Suzhou Museum and Zhong Wang Fu – the palace of Prince Zhong: Li Xiucheng, the leader of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, it’s the most well kept palace in the history of China on the peasant rebel army palace. Take a photo stop at Bird Nest, Jinjihu Scenic Area, drive pass Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park, the commercial center – Yuanrong Times Square, the Largest Shopping Aircraft Carrier in Eastern China. Visit Suzhou Guanqian Street at night (Extra tour fee program)

International Buffet / Lunch: Boiled Salted Duck Cuisine / Dinner: Pingtan Cuisine

DAY 7: SUZHOU – SHANGHAI (About 2 hours)

Visit Silk Factory, continue to Yangcheng Lake Peninsula – Yi Ou Lai Suzhou Village (Lunch inside the village at own expense, both Chinese and Western foods are available), which is the first boutique tourist shopping village built by Value Retail group in China following the nine boutique shopping villages in Europe. After lunch, back to Shanghai, go to Health Care Shop. Then go to Nanjing Road (shopping area, enjoy a variety of snacks at own expense). Drive pass New Bund, the skyline of Shanghai, which tourists always come, also known as the “exhibition of architectural”. In the evening, take participate the extra tour fee programs: Visit the world’s largest Disney Flagship Store and Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise.

International Buffet


Visit Cheng Huang Temple, continue to visit the Jewelry Factory. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Singapore.

International Buffet / Lunch: Cantonese Cuisine

**Extra Tour Fee S$100/PAX **

Suzhou Guanqian Shopping Street + Wuxi Qingming Bridge night tour + Shanghai Disney Flagship Store and Huangpu River Cruise + Nanjing Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River

This tour required at least 10 participants to be confirmed. It was only near December that this tour was finally confirmed. We were called to the tour office for a simple briefing where the hotels list was given just a few days before the tour as follows:

Suzhou – Joy Holiday Hotel
Wuxi – Veegle Sincere Hotel
Nanjing – Rsun Hotel
Hangzhou – Haiwaihai Hotel
Jiaxing – Sunshine Hotel
Shanghai – Falaide Hotel

Day 1 – Singapore to Shanghai onward to Suzhou

So Christmas week eventually came. We reached Changi Airport before 7 am. First thing was to head for the Terminal 3 food court for breakfast. Next we located the tour representative from Dynasty Travel to collect our tour details and then checked in our luggage with Singapore Airlines. Since there were only 15 participants for this tour, we didn’t have a local tour leader to follow us for the tour which also saved up on tips as well.

With the movie Star Wars being launched, Star Wars exhibits and toys were on display at the airport. It was a fantastic time to enjoy the sights at the airport and to capture those picture moments even before we left for Shanghai that morning. It was a great start indeed and we very much enjoyed it.

Having had enough pictures taken, we cleared immigration and were happily doing window shopping at the airport. Finally, it was time to board our flight. We got onto the plane quite early and settled down to enjoy our flight to Shanghai. Continue reading 8 Days 7 Nights Jiangnan Tour – Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Jiaxing (December 2015)