Poetic Jiangnan Region Extension 6 Days


Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai

This extension can only be combined with our Ancient Capitals of China 12 Days tour package.


Tour Highlights:
  • Take a boat ride on tranquil West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Sample world-famous longjing tea at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation
  • Stroll in one of the finest Chinese gardens in Suzhou
  • Walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River, lined with colonial architecture of European design, and gaze across the river at the glittering face of modern China

Discover the exquisite cities of Wuxi, Suzhou, and Hangzhou – cities 'on par with heaven' for their natural beauty, according to a Chinese saying. Finally, immerse yourself in dynamic, cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Wuxi boasts a reputation of being the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Enjoy the scenery as we pass by Lake Tai, the third-largest freshwater lake in China.

Suzhou has been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’ by Chinese poets and writers since ancient times. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is also known as ‘Venice of the East’. It is also known as the ‘Garden City’ due to its many classical gardens.

Hangzhou was described by Marco Polo as ‘the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world’. Take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of the city, and experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation.

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Package Inclusions

  • 5 nights 3-4 star (local rating) hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Daily breakfast
  • High-speed train from Xi’an to Suzhou (Second Class Seat)
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned coach transportation
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions

  • Mandatory tour guide and driver service fee: $75 per person
  • China visa (required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, optional activities & anything not mentioned in package inclusions

Price Guide

  • Stay Behind Surcharge: From $250 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Post-Tour Accommodation (incl. breakfast): $75/person/twin room twin share, $150/person/single room
  • Triple Share: Not available
  • Child Policy: Child discounts do not apply. Minimum age required is 5 years old.

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Name
Suzhou Holiday Inn Express Suzhou or similar
Wuxi Holiday Inn Express Wuxi or similar
Hangzhou Meiziqing Hotel Hangzhou or similar
Shanghai Crystal Orange Hotel Shanghai or similar

Optional Activities

Get to know China better with our list of in-depth activities recommended to add another dimension to your trip.

All optional activities can be prepaid in Australia more than 30 days prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival in China. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the prices.

Optional Activity
Price Per Person (AUD)
Suzhou/Wuxi Grand Canal Cruise $45
Suzhou/Wuxi Jiangnan Dim Sum Meal $25
Hangzhou West Lake Cruise $55
Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show $95
Shanghai Chinese Acrobatic Show $85
Shanghai Half Day Shanghai City Tour w/ Maglev Train experience $85
Shanghai Cruise on Huangpu River + Shanghai Xiaolongbao Meal $75

Note: All optional activities are payable to Nexus Holidays and are subject to availability and minimum numbers. Alternative activities and attractions may not be available in the vicinity and cannot be arranged. Non-participants must wait for the group to finish the activities should they wish to take the group transfer. Transportation is not included and is self-arranged for those not joining optional programs.

Enjoy the morning free at leisure (time permitting) until you transfer to take a high-speed train to Suzhou. Suzhou has long been known as the ‘Venice of the East’, for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast, tour the exquisite Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the largest silk factory in the country, and discover how silk is manufactured from mulberry-munching silkworms. You may also take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal (at your own expense) and view life along this section of the longest and oldest canal in the world. Take a brief break and enjoy a traditional Jiangnan Dim Sum meal (at your own expense). Later in the afternoon, continue to Wuxi. Upon arrival, take a stroll along Nanchang Street, the most bustling pedestrian street in Wuxi, composed of both ancient and modern architectures before transferring back to your hotel.

Optional Activity:

  • Grand Canal Cruise ($45 per person): Cruise on China’s Grand Canal, at 1,776km long and reaching all the way to Beijing, this massive engineering feat was unparalleled in the ancient world.
  • Jiangnan Dim Sum Meal ($25 per person): Enjoy some traditional Jiangnan dim sum such as Wonton, Pan-fried Buns.
This morning, tour beautiful Li Lake (Lihu), which is the most scenic corner of Wuxi’s huge Lake Tai (Taihu), followed by a visit to a freshwater pearl exhibition and store. Continue on to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Upon arrival, You may take an optional cruise on the serene West Lake (at your own expense), which the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, and is noted for its scenic beauty, which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. Savour your day with the famous delicacy Hangzhou Dongpo Pork dinner (at your own expense), and cap off your night by attending the Impression West Lake Show (at your own expense), a large-scale open-air performance bringing the story of West Lake alive before your eyes.

Optional Activity:

  • West Lake Cruise ($55 per person): An optional cruise on the serene West Lake.
  • Impression West Lake Show ($95 per person): a classic created by Zhang Yimou, acclaimed film and theatre director, and architect of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Games Opening Ceremony.
Experience tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation, which produces some of the the best ‘Longjing’ Green Tea in China. After lunch travel by coach to Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit The Bund, located on the Huangpu River and lined by historical architecture of European design, it is the best place to capture the Western influences of the colonial era. Then, visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of stores selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine, and souvenirs. Tonight you can watch a thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show (at your own expense).

Optional Activity:

  • Chinese Acrobatic Show ($85 per person): A thrilling Chinese acrobatic show, featuring Chinese dance, drama, music, and other performing arts and modern technology.
Free day at your own leisure, or you may join the below optional program(s) (at your own expense), to know more about the city:

Optional Activity:

  • Half Day Shanghai City Tour w/ Maglev Train experience ($85 per person): Visit the affluent Xintiandi area which holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Xintiandi was the site of the first congress of the Communist Party of China, and is now the most expensive place to live in the country. Then explore the free market underground the Shanghai Sci-Tech Museum where you can find lots of goods such as traditional Chinese outfits, shoes and fashion accessories. Next, experience the world’s fastest commercially operating train, running between the city and Shanghai airport with a top speed of 431km/h.
  • Cruise on Huangpu River + Shanghai Xiaolongbao Meal ($75 per person): Taste the Shanghai local delicacy, Xiaolongbao, and cruise along the Huangpu River, you will get a glimpse of the history and spectacular view of cosmopolitan Shanghai.
Enjoy the morning free at leisure (time permitting) until your transfer to airport for your flight(s) home via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.