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4 Amazing Short Trip Ideas from Shanghai

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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Shanghai is known through the world for its impressive modernity and beautiful city landscape. From the amazing skyline to the old bustling bazaar area, there is always something to discover in this beautiful metropolitan city. Shanghai is undoubtedly a tourist transportation hub enticing millions of visitors a year, but if you want to have a pleasant getaway from the high-rises and  boulevards, then you may try these short break ideas of taking a side trip to its charming neighbors like Zhouzhuang Water Town, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan.

Zhouzhuang Water Town

Located around 80 km west of Shanghai, Zhouzhuang is known as the No.01 water town in China. This over-900 year old water town has become a trove of oriental culture with its simple and pristine custom, unique folklore, ancient stone bridges, canals, well preserved ancient residential houses and mesmerizing water town views.

Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town

“Zhouzhuang” literally means “Zhou’s village”, a village named after Zhou Digong. Zhou Digong was a pious buddhist. In 1088 during the Northern Song Dynasty, Zhou Digong donated his 13 hectares of land to the local Fuquan Temple as its temple property. Later the local villagers called the land  “Zhouzhuang” (Zhou Village ) in appreciation for Zhou Digong’ generosity. Have a day trip to Zhouzhuang Water Town and back to Shanghai on the same day.

Take the long-distance bus from Shanghai Northern Long-distance bus station.
Entrance Fee: RMB 100  ( Click How to Visit Zhouzhuang for more information)
Enquiry: 4008282900
Complaint: 0512-57211654
Medical Care: 0512-57216107 (Day)
Medical care: 0512-57219990 (Night)

Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Nicknamed “The Venice of the Orient”, Suzhou is located about 95 km northwest of Shanghai. The eight of the finest gardens in Suzhou along with one in the nearby ancient town of Tongli were listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens. Suzhou tour is easily arranged from Shanghai by high speed trains.

Classical Gardens in Suzhou

Classical Gardens in Suzhou

The city is renowned for its stone bridges, rivers, lakes, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have contributed to its status as a great tourist attraction. Suzhou enjoys great fame internationally for its elegant gardens. It is said that the gardens to the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them. Suzhou attracts numerous visitors both home and abroad every day.

For most visitors, getting to Suzhou by train is most comfortable and convenient. You may take high speed trains directly from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station or Shanghai Railway Station to Suzhou Railway Station ( about 30 hour’s train ride).  Suzhou Railway Station is one of the largest stations in Eastern China after Shanghai and Hangzhou and Nanjing. It is located north of the city moat of Suzhou city. (Add: 27, Suzhan Road and Tel: 0512-95105105).

The Beautiful Landscape of Hangzhou

Located around 200 km to the southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou is famous for its picturesque West Lake and June 2011, the West Lake Cultural Landscape was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its fame goes back to over 800 years ago when even Marco Polo called it “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world”. |

Sunset over West Lake

Sunset over West Lake

In addition to its picturesque West Lake, Hangzhou also boasts the ancient canals, lakeside temples and historic buildings. It has lots of local products, like silk, Xihu silk umbrellas, color-glazed porcelain, Longjing tea, and white white chrysanthemum,etc.

Many Shanghai leisure and business travelers would choose to make a day trip to Hangzhou when they plan a Shanghai tour. The best time to travel to Hangzhou is the period from April to October, when the trees and flowers of this garden city are green and in full bloom. A one-hour high speed train from Shanghai Plus 15-minute subway ride in Hangzhou takes you to the core of the scenic Hangzhou – the West Lake Landscape.

Daily over 50 high speed trains darting from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway Station (new station ) and Hangzhou Railway Station (old station). It is easy for you to arrange your Hangzhou tour from Shanghai.

The Charming Yellow Mountain (Huangshan)

Located around 400 km to the southwest of Shanghai, Huangshan is a world famous city for its marvelous mountain known as Yellow Mountain, or Huangshan in Chinese. You may get to Huangshan from Shanghai by overnight trains or flights for a 2 day return Huangshan tour.

The Beauty of Huangshan

The Beauty of Huangshan

Mt.Huangshan was listed as a Natural and Cultural Heritage site 1990. The nearby villages of Hongcun and Xidi were also named part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. In 2002, Yellow Mountain was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps.

Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its four magnificent views – granite peaks, rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds, featuring pine trees and unwinding hot springs. It is said that you won’t want to visit any other mountains after seeing Wu Yue ( the collective name given to China’s most important mountains), but you won’t wish to see even Wu Yue after returning from Huangshan Mountain.

Related Travel Blogs
How to Visit Zhouzhuang Water Town
Suzhou Travel Blog
Shanghai Hangzhou Day Trip by High Speed Train
Huangshan Travel Blogs

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Zhouzhuang Pictures – Zhouzhuang Photo Gallery

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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If you are in the process of planning your Suzhou tour or Shanghai tour, a glimpse of Zhouzhuang Water Town is worth your time. Zhouzhuang is reputed as the No.01 Water Town in China and “Venice in the East”. Under the jurisdiction of Kunshan City, it is located 45km to the southest of Suzhou and 80km to the west of Shanghai. Zhouzhuang stands out from the numerous water towns dotted around the Yangtze River Delta mainly due to its complete and well preserved old houses, bridges and canals coupled with unique culture annd history. Now Zhouzhuang has been included in the UNESCO Tentative List for World Cultural Heritage Sites.
How to visit Zhouzhuang Water Town? There are plentiful buses running either from Suzhou or Shanghai to Zhouzhuang. Many local travel agencies operate daily bus tours visiting Zhouzhuang from Shanghai and Suzhou. So you can join in the coach tours starting from your hotel or go to your nearest long-distance bus station and jump onto a bus for Zhouzhuang.
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang One Day Bus Tour is available daily with complimentary pick up from your hotel in Shanghai. For more information on the public transport from Suzhou to Zhouzhuang, please refer to my post “How to visit Zhouzhuang Water Town“.
Follow me to have a photo tour of Zhouzhuang.
Passing through the center of Zhouzhuang Town, then walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang.
Walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang

Walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang

A traditional white-washed house
A traditional white-washed house

A traditional white-washed house

Zhouzhuang is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers with over a dozen of stone bridges crossing the rivers. Boating on the rivers and canals are an interesting trip allowing you to have a close look at the houses and bridges on the both sides.
A boat ride offers people a close look at the historial houses and bridges

A boat ride offers people a close look at the historial houses and bridges

Zhouzhuang is quite famous for its stone bridges with different shapes. The beam bridge is across the river.
The beam bridge is across the river.

The beam bridge is across the river.

Zhouzhuang abounds in waterways. The old white-washed wooden houses are lined along the rivers and lakes with slab bases.
A stone hump bridge spans an narrow river

A stone hump bridge spans an narrow river

Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the hustle and bustle
Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the

Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the

Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants
Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants

Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants

A few waterways are quite narrow
A few waterways are quite narrow

A few waterways are quite narrow

This is the famous twin-bridge – round and beam bridges indicating the sky and earth.
This is the famous twin-bridge

This is the famous twin-bridge

Walking on the stone paths and slab bridges gives you a kind of spiritual comfort and quietness. Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang
Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang

Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang

Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge
Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge

Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge

Boats are docking on the narrow canal
Boats are docking on the narrow canal

Boats are docking on the narrow canal

Enter Shen House, the most wealthy family in Zhouzhuang in Qing Dynasty
Enter Shen Mansion, the most wealthy family in Qing Dynasty

Enter Shen Mansion, the most wealthy family in Qing Dynasty

Shen Family’s kitchen
Shen Family's kitchen

Shen Family’s kitchen

Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.
Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.

Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.

A close look at the boats, the houses and the canal.
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Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking, Huangpu River Cruise Shanghai

Monday, July 11th, 2011
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Plan your Shanghai Tour? If you visit London, one thing you must do is to cruise on Thames River. It is same as in Shanghai. No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River. Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London tells the similarity of the importance of the two rivers for the two world famous citie.
 

No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River

 
Cruise Routes & Prices
At present, there are two kinds of cruises on Huangpu River – Highlight Cruise (1 hour) and Classic Cruise (over 3 hours)
 
Highlight Cruise 1 hour & Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), to the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge, “U” turn back to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This is a highlight of the cruise trip on Huangpu River. You are able to enjoy the mixed view of the old and clonial buildings on the west of Huangpu River and the futuristic and trendy skyscrapers on the east.
 
Opening hour: 10:00 – 21:00 ( Cruising very half hours)
Cruising Time: 45 minutes – 1 hours
Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule
Prices” RMB 100
 
Classic Cruise over 3 hours and Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), to the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge, “U” turn back at wusongkou, to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This cruise gives you a better picture of Huangpu River, which meets Yangtze River at Wusongkou.
 
Opening hour: 14:00 – 17:30 ( one cruise one day)
Cruising Time: 3 – 4  hours
Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule
Prices” RMB 150
 
Note:
1) Children under 1.2 meters high: free of charge
2) Children above 1.2 meters high: charged as an adult
3) One adult only can take one child free of charge
 
Cruise Boats
At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers witht he smallest boat carrying 80 people.
 
Some boats are built with traditional Chinese culture elements; some look much trendy and brilliant. Choose your own favorite boat!
 

some look much trendy and brilliant

 
Cruise Wharf and how to get there
The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund,  No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai. The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center.
 
There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.
 
Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf.  If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf sice the double decker bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.
 
Take bus  33, 55, 65, 305, 868, 910, 928 and get off at the bus stop of Shiliupu.
 

The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf

 
How to book the Huangpu River Cruise Tickets
The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices, which are both located on the underground flooor. You are required to take an escalator to the ticket booking counter. Several ways to get your tickets.
 
 

The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices

Phone booking: 021-61028992 
Book your cruise tickets by send your email to billy@jjboat.com
Or you may go directly to Shiliupu Wharf for ticket booking.
 
Night Cruise on Huangpu River
Cruising on Huang River at night is highly recommended with the lit brilliantly skyline of Pudong rife with skyscrapes and the lit Bund with beautiful colonial buildings.
 
 

Night Cruise on Huangpu River