A Tour to the “Delicious” Eastern China
Have a taste of the famous Chinese cuisines (Huaiyang cuisine, Hangzhou dishes), Shanghai dishes (Sautéed Shelled Shrimps, Sautéed Diced Chicken and cashew Nuts, Crab and Tofu, etc.), Hangzhou dishes (West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy, Fried Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea, etc.), Zhejiang cuisine (the whitefish, silver fish and silver shrimp from Taihu Lake, Mutton braised in Brown Sauce), Suzhou dishes (Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish, Sautéed Shelled Shrimp) and the special dishes in Yangzhou (the globefish), and enjoy the sight of beautiful Suzhou and Hangzhou.
Description of the Itinerary
Day 1: After arriving at Shanghai, we will have dinner at New Green Beauty World Restaurant. After dinner, we will take a walk on Nanjing road, and go to Huangpu River to take the pleasure boat to enjoy the night view of Shanghai. After that, we will go to Shanghai Gate to experience the life in old times. Day 2: Go to Hangzhou to visit the West Lake, take a walk on the Su Causeway, enjoy the sceneries of the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, the small-Chou, the Autumn Moon on the Calm Lake, and the Solitary Hill. You can also take a boat to visit the West Lake. Then we will climb the Feilai Summit, which has rugged rocks and deep carves, with more than 300 stone inscriptions carved on, all of which can date back from the Five Dynasties to the Song and Yuan Dynasties. We will have the Hangzhou farm-flavored foods (Popo Tofu, Old Chicken Soup, Dongyang Noodle, Sauerkraut Bullfrog, Catfish with Preserved Vegetables, Candied Lotus Root, Rice Cake with Potherb) as lunch. Day 3: Go to Wuzhen Xizha Scenic Area. Compared with Dongzha, Xizha puts more focus on its style of leisure tourism, and there are a lot of creative shops and bars but few visitors than Dongzha, then you can give yourself a very comfortable visit there. Settle down in the inns with Wuzhen characteristics, you can enjoy the night view of Wuzhen Xizha and feel quaint flavor in regions south of Yangtze River. Day 4: Go to Suzhou, the Garden City, and pay a visit to the Humble Administrator Garden (about 1 hour), which is the representative work of the Chinese garden on the Yangtze delta in the Qing Dynasty. It has perfect layout based on the water, and is filled with the natural sceneries; there is a pool in the center of garden, and all the buildings are built around the pool, which are connected by the leaking windows and ambulatories. The artificial hills, ancient trees, bamboos and flowers made up a harmonious picture, which represents the construction style of the garden in Qing Dynasty. Then we will take the boat to visit Suzhou. We will have Suzhou Taihu Lake boat dishes (Wine Fried White Shrimp, Steamed White Fish, Fried Whitebait with Scrambled Eggs and so on). Day 5: Take bus to go to Slender West Lake. It now has the scenic spots such as Yechun Garden, Spring Willows along the Long Bank, Ye Garden, Changchun Ridge, Piano Room, Muxi Study, Chess Room, Yueguan, Changchun Ridge, Hushang Caotang, Shade Pavilion, Fishing Terrace, the Twenty-four Bridges, etc.. The vertex of the L-shaped water course of the Slender West Lake, which has been accumulated by the mud dug from the lake since different dynasties, is the best place for you to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Ancient literatus liked to gather in this place which brought a mysterious charm to it. Until Qing Dynasty, the Slender West Lake became very attractive, and it is just like a wonderland on the lake. After lunch, we will visit Ge Garden, which is a typical private residential garden. There is a moon-shaped gate in the garden on which “Ge Yuan” is carved on the stone plaque. And it means the garden is named after its host and the bamboos in the garden. There are many bamboos on both sides of the gate and words “Thousands of “Ge” are formed under the bright moon” on the lintel are against with the stone plaque. Meanwhile, Baiguo Rocks are scattering on the ground just like lots of robust bamboo shoots in spring. Go to have supper after finishing the tour, and we will have a taste of Yangzhong globefish, which is very delicious.