A Canal-Faring Journey in Wuzhen

A Canal-Faring
Journey in Wuzhen

Merchant tales, antiquities, and well-preserved buildings with a Dynasty look and feel; Wuzhen
envelops the China of old through its charming water town. Destined to soak in the rustic
charm outside hectic Shanghai, this town delivers it all in one day.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Situated in northern Zhejiang province, Wuzhen dates back over 1,300 years and is the best-preserved of China’s six ancient water towns. It still has over 80 per cent of its buildings dating back to the 19th century and is a natural outdoor museum of Chinese architecture. This is an ideal destination for a historically intriguing exploration of narrow, granite-surfaced streets and alleys and picturesque hump-backed bridges that are reflected in the water.

The town is divided into districts, with each specialising in different traditional handicrafts such as silk spinning, pottery and wood-carving. Prominent attractions include Lotus Pagoda, a restored temple dating back to the beginning of the 12th century which sits alongside a stretch of the Grand Canal, the longest man-made waterway in the world.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Canal-Faring Journey in Wuzhen

08:30 - 17:00

A short drive from Shanghai and Wuzhen welcomes the Chinese cultural-savvy and historically interested traveller. Joined by a local English-speaking guide from your hotel lobby in Shanghai, the 1.5-hour one-way transfer gradually leaves the towering landscape of this metropolis behind. Seen as one of the finest examples of a well-kept water town, Wuzhen elates every visitor from beginning to end.

Dating back more than 7,000 years, the best way to explore Wuzhen is on foot and, of course, over the water. A myriad of cobbles-stone streets and equally charming bridges zigzag through this protected zone. Your guide will explain the stories behind the old houses and points out spots for an Instagram-perfect moment. Lunch is included during this day.

The afternoon is reserved to watch some of the local handicraft and traditional entertainment activities such as a puppet show. Some of these ancient performances date back to as early as the Ming and Qing Dynasty and have maintained its stunning yet romantic characteristics throughout the years. This is one of these no-rush explorations favoured by many as Wuzhen captures the Chinese essence as being one of the main transportation ways of old for ships to carry goods.

The day comes to an end as you and your guide will join your driver for the day for a comfortable drive back to bustling Shanghai. A day out and about in award-winning Wuzhen sadly comes to an end as soon as your vehicle drives up to your hotel lobby and your Chinese travel ambassadors thank you for your day out and about.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise ports and Shanghai’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs.
  • When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot. Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.

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