Suzhou & Hangzhou Short Stay

Suzhou is home to the most celebrated examples of classical Chinese gardens in the country, whilst Huangzhou was called 'the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world' by none other than Marco Polo. Savour both on this excellent itinerary.


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  Twin Share Sole Traveller
Standard $1,090pp $1,920
Superior $1,140pp $2,040
Deluxe $1,490pp $2,620


The above prices are from per person, based on low season travel. Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Places Visited

Suzhou (2N) - Hangzhou (2N)

Day 1: Travel to Suzhou
This morning you will be met at your Shanghai hotel and transferred to Suzhou, a town famous for its traditional landscaped gardens.
Day 2: Suzhou
Enjoy a tour of the Master of the Nets Garden and see the inner garden with its 'master's study' of Ming-style furnishings and architecture. Next, wander around the Humble Administrator's Garden, with its many ponds, bridges and islands of bamboo, before cruising along a section of the Grand Canal. (B,L)
Day 2: Suzhou
Day 3: Suzhou to Hangzhou
Travel to Hangzhou, a place of natural beauty and harmony between nature and man. Take a stroll through the local markets and enjoy oriental tea-tasting. (B,L)
Day 3: Suzhou to Hangzhou
Day 4: Hangzhou
Visit the Temple of Inspired Seclusion and the Six Harmonies Pagoda before enjoying a relaxing cruise on the tranquil West Lake. (B,L)
Day 4: Hangzhou
Day 5: Hangzhou to Shanghai
Return to Shanghai where upon arrival at your hotel your arrangements end. (B)
Day 5: Hangzhou to Shanghai

Tour prices are per person, twin share

Additional Price Information:

Tour departs any day subject to availability and seasonal variation
Single supplement from £520
Sole passenger price from £1,500
5* accommodation from £990
Includes domestic transportation, 4* accommodation, meals as stated, touring wth guides and entrance fees
Excludes international flights and taxes, visa fees and tipping

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visas at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.

Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.

The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.

Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot.

If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.

Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.

It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to your Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Also Available

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 1300 318 203 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Why Book This Tour?

This extension is suitable for those who wish to visit the beautiful garden cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou. This extension is private and therefore not all meals are included, which gives you the opportunity to occasionally select your own dining venue, allowing you to immerse further into Chinese culture.



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