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Walk to explore Shanghai and some hidden gems nearby, complete the bucket-list Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) hiking, venture off the beaten path to Tongli Water Town, and wander in the picturesque ancient villages. Famous attractions, breathtaking scenery, fascinating local culture and exotic dining are all wrapped up in this six day luxury walking package.
Reputed as the 'Paris of the East', Shanghai has undergone a huge transformation from a backwater fishing village to major commercial centre. Vertiginous and teeming, Shanghai has a lot of stories to tell. Your Shanghai stories unfold while you walk along some of the best Shanghai attractions including the graceful colonial buildings along the Bund, towering skyscrapers of Pudong, stylish Xin Tian Di and classic Yu Garden. Then venture off the beaten tracks to explore hidden alleys, bazzar ...
Reputed as the 'Paris of the East', Shanghai has undergone a huge transformation from a backwater fishing village to major commercial centre. Vertiginous and teeming, Shanghai has a lot of stories to tell. Your Shanghai stories unfold while you walk along some of the best Shanghai attractions including the graceful colonial buildings along the Bund, towering skyscrapers of Pudong, stylish Xin Tian Di and classic Yu Garden. Then venture off the beaten tracks to explore hidden alleys, bazzar markets and a secret propaganda post museum. You'll sky walk atop the Shanghai World Financial Centre (over 400 metre high) to catch a panoramic view of the Shanghai's old and new. Cuise along Pujiang River to admire the grace of the Bund and the impressive modern skylines of Pudong.
Away from the most cosmopolitan city in China, you'll experience the picturesque old water town Tongli on a river boat ride. You'll journey into the UNESCO World Heritage Site including climbing up the famous Huangshan for spectacular natural scenery and walk in the 800-year-old villages preserved with traditional Southern Hui-style architecture kept intact along its winding waterways as well as some of the settings for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The tour also provides you with rare opportunities to engage the Chinese culture and locals. Practice Tai Chi with a master at a traditional Chinese courtyard residence and watch Suzhou Pingtan (a regional musical/oral performance art form) while enjoy Chinese fine dinning.
Throughout the trip, you'll stay at the best accommodation in the city/town, including the iconic Fairmont Peace Hotel - a favourite with the local elite and foreign celebrities, including Charlie Chaplin, and Banyan Tree Huangshan - a picturesque retreat nestled at the foot of the majestic Huangshan and surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes.
You'll have an experienced English speaking local guide with all the insider knowledge throughout the tour.
Take the tour of a lifetime from Shanghai to Huangshan, and beyond.
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Walking distance: approx. 6 - 8 hours walking, easy grade
Meet your local guide at the hotel lobby to commence the signature Shanghai walking today.
For history buffs and art aficionados, the Shanghai Museum's extensive Chinese art collection is sure to impress. Walk to explore the incredible museum housing more than 120, 000 pieces of collections. Many of them are China's most precious antiques such as jade, furniture, costumes, pottery, calligraphy and currency.
Wander the maze of pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden, one of the renowned gardens in south China retaining some of best Chinese traditional architecture and culture. The garden houses many items with unique characteristics. Pavilions, Ponds, trees, doorways, and rockeries are exquisitely placed, making changing views when you make every step forward. Outside of the garden is a market full of souvenirs and eateries, where you will have lunch at the birthplace of the world-famous dumplings.
Take a Skywalk atop Shanghai World Financial Center (492 meter high, the tallest skyscraper in China) and catch a panoramic view of the Shanghai skyline.
Board a cruise to watch the city sparkle from the shimmering Huangpu River. Standing on the top floor of the boat, enjoy a close look at the grace of the Bund and the impressive modern skylines of Pudong under the atmospheric cover of darkness.
Enjoy your welcome dinner at a famous Chinese restaurant featuring the finest of Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine, drawing on a treasure trove of regional recipes and invigorating them with a contemporary flair.
After dinner, guided night walking along the Bund and discover the 'museum of buildings'. The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. You'll have opportunities to view 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles. Those buildings once housed banks, trading companies, consulates from United Kingdom, France, Russia, United States, etc. Roaming among the architectural complexes, you'll gain a better understanding of the century-long charm of this city.
Your guide will escort you back to your hotel to relax.
Walking distance: Approx. 6 - 8 hours walking, easy grade
Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to the streets far away from the mass tourists.
Walk to discover the secrets of historical Hongkou district and the local life in Hongkou's peaceful streets and beautifully preserved alleys.
Walk along the Shanghai Old Street, part of the most ancient area of Shanghai stretching from Zhonghua Road to Henan South Road. It is a nice walk wandering around to taste good street food, appreciate the old architectures and look for inexpensive souvenirs.
Walk down the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession and wander through the chic restaurants and cafes of Xintiandi, retaining the characteristics of Shikumen houses.
Head to Tianzifang to feel the local pulse, browsing clothing and handicrafts fashioned by local designers and visiting the burgeoning art galleries.
Visit Propaganda post museum hidden under the basement of an unmarked residential tower block, with fascinating collection of over 5,000 propaganda posters, many rescued from recycling centres and rubbish bins and spanning from the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s.
Then you will join a gourmet night walk to get your tastebuds buzzing and leave your belly full. You'll taste a few local authentic night eats paired with surprisingly delicious 'Proudly Made in China' wines, including Chardonnay, Riesling and a hard-to-find biodynamic wine from inner Mongolia.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and escort you to Suzhou.
Visit Humble Administrators Garden, the largest and finest garden in Suzhou with 5 hectares of impressive displays of Chinese garden featuring zigzagging bridges, numerous pavilions, ponds, islands, bamboo groves, and bonsai.
Hike up the historical Tiger Hill to enjoy natural beauty.
Visit Panmen Gate, the oldest city gate of Suzhou and the only existing water and land gate in China.
Walk through Silk Museum to learn Chinese silk culture and silk's history.
Arrive in Tongli, a water town of over 1,000 years old, reputed as 'the Oriental Venice'. Walk along the ancient town to view garden-style architectures, ancient bridges and old streets. Cross three bridges to learn local senior birthday, marriage and child birth custom.
Enjoy a wooden-made boat ride along the ancient canal.
Tea ceremony with a tea master.
Enjoy fine Chinese dinner at a traditional Chinese courtyard residence with private performance of Suzhou Pingtan (a regional musical/oral performance art form).
Walking distance: approx. 10.5 km, approx. 5 hours walking, moderate grade
Start the day practicing Tai Chi with a master and learn some basic gestures and authentic methods to improve internal energy (Qi) that helps to maintain people's good health.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and escort you to board on a bullet train (first class seat) to the Huangshan.
Hike up the Huangshan (10.5 km, approx. 5 hours), one of the most famous mountains and one of Top 10 hiking routes in China. It's well known for its breathtaking scenery of peculiar shaped granite peaks, woody pine trees and hot springs. It has been an inspiration for traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography.
Enjoy local Anhui cuisine for dinner
Option 1: Huangshan - Hongcun Village - Xidi Village (8 - 9 km, approx. 3 - 4 hours walking, Easy to Moderate Grade)
Hike (approx. 2km) to the top and enjoy an amazing view of the sunrise, then take a cable car down the mountain.
Walk Xidi - Hongcun Ancient Pathway (8 km, approx. 3 hours walking). You'll walk through the most rural areas to see quiet villages, paddy fields, mulberry fields, tea plantations, and bamboo forests.
Xidi Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history of 900 years, retains much of the appearance of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Two main streets and 99 lanes are paved with cobbles or black stones, lined with well-preserved aged houses. Rivers winding through the village and hills at the backdrop make Xidi very picturesque. It’s famed for peach blossom and known as one of the well-preserved hamlets of its kind in China.
After having an authentic Hui style lunch at a local restaurant, continue you trip to Hongcun Village, another UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history of 800 years, with traditional Southern Hui-style architecture kept intact along its winding waterways.
Option 2: West Sea Canyon Hiking (approx. 16 km, 6 - 7 hours walking, very steep, Moderate to Hard Grade)
Hike to the top (approx. 2km) and enjoy an amazing view of the sunrise.
Hiking Huangshan's West Sea Canyon (approx. 15 km, 6- 7 hours walking, very steep). Hike to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and then descend down to the West Sea Grand Canyon. The hiking trip covers the most essential parts - the 1st ring, 2nd ring, Button, Plunk Way, and Fairy-Walking Bridge.
This hiking route is a big challenge, including walking on some impressive footpath suspending in mid-air driven into sheer granite cliffs, and steep stairs with a 60-plus-degree drop. However, the hiking is quite rewarding, providing you with postcard like scenery of pine-clad Chinese mountains shrouded in mist and jaw-dropping cliffs.
Take a cable car down the mountain and return to your hotel for a relaxation.
Walk along the stone-paved path in Nanping Village where still preserves 300 ancient Hui-style houses and buildings built in Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as 36 ancient wells and 72 lanes. It provides some of the settings for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (The movie won four Oscars at the 73rd annual Academy Awards.)
Walk through Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches.
You guide escort you to Huangshan airport for departure.
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Shanghai is generally mild and moist, with four distinctive seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn, and an overcast cold winter. The weather of Shanghai in July and August is the hottest, with more than 10 days' high temperatures above 35 C (95 F).(Units = °C)
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While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. 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If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.Cancellation by The Tour OperatorThe walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. 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Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.