Shanghai, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Phoenix

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Book by Dec 31 , Save up to $300 per person

Your Package Includes

  • 12 Days 10 Nights
  • Code: PHZ
  • From: $1499

Soaring skyscrapers, stone-pillar forests and traditional water towns come together in this 12-day tour of central-southern China. After flying to Shanghai, travel to Wuzhen, one of China’s most beautifully preserved water towns to admire its waterways, bridges, and carved temples. From here, visit Hangzhou’s celebrated West Lake and marvel at the sandstone pinnacles, mountains, and valleys of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area of Zhangjiajie. Then, step back in time at Phoenix Ancient Town—also known as Fenghuang—famous for its “hanging” wooden riverside houses, before a final burst of Shanghai’s futuristic skyline, gardens, and temples.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA—Shanghai, China
DAY 2
Shanghai
DAY 3
Shanghai—Wuzhen
DAY 4
Wuzhen—Hangzhou
DAY 5
Hangzhou—Zhangjiajie
DAY 6
Zhangjiajie
DAY 7
Zhangjiajie
DAY 8
Zhangjiajie—Phoenix Ancient Town
DAY 9
Phoenix Ancient Town
DAY 10
Phoenix Ancient Town—Tongren—Shanghai
DAY 11
Shanghai
DAY 12
Shanghai—USA
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Overnight Stay
Shanghai (1nt) - Wuzhen (1nt) - Hangzhou (1nt) - Zhangjiajie (3 nts) - Phoenix (2 nts) - Tongren - Shanghai (2 nts)

TRIP TIMELINE

DAY 1

USA—Shanghai, China

Today, catch your international flight in the US and fly to Shanghai in China. 

DAY 2

Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai and after meeting your tour representative at the city’s international airport, enjoy a transfer to your hotel in this exciting metropolis. After checking in, enjoy the remainder of the day to yourself, perhaps opting to relax at your deluxe hotel or get your first taste of China’s most cosmopolitan city by diving into its vibrant culinary and shopping scenes.

Accommodation:

★★★★★ The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

DAY 3

Shanghai—Wuzhen

After breakfast, bid a temporary farewell to Shanghai as you journey southwest to the nearby ancient water town of Wuzhen. With origins stretching back 6,000 years, this photogenic town is criss-crossed with waterways flanked by traditional houses, roofed waterfronts, and arched stone bridges—giving it the nickname of the “Venice of the East.” On arrival, take a walking tour of Wuzhen’s Xizha Scenic Area*—one of four areas marked out by its canals—to explore the ancient passageways. Admire the historical houses—some perched on pillars above the water—and see highlights such as temples and the famous “Bridge Within a Bridge”—two connecting bridges that can be seen through each other’s arches. Tonight, admire Wuzhen’s red-lantern-lit lanes and enjoy a dinner of tasty local cuisine.

Included: Breakfast, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★ Waterside Resort or Similar

DAY 4

Wuzhen—Hangzhou

Check out of your hotel and enjoy a journey by coach to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province and a popular tourist spot for its West Lake—an iconic lake celebrated by China’s poets and artists down the centuries. Begin your time in this garden city with a scenic cruise on the West Lake*, followed by visits to two of the ten most beautiful sites around the West Lake, “Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond” and “Winery Yard and Lotus Pool”. Absorb the timeless calm and Hangzhou’s forested hills as you glide by shores dotted with willows, pagodas and bridges. Then, head to a local restaurant for a dinner showcasing Hangzhou’s speciality local dishes. Later this evening, attend the “Impression West Lake - Enduring Memories of Hangzhou”* show: a spectacle of light, music, dance, and theater performed on the West Lake’s surface. Be swept up by this magical outdoor display, which charts the lake’s folkloric legends and origins.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel or Similar

DAY 5

Hangzhou—Zhangjiajie

Leave Hangzhou and take a short flight to Zhangjiajie, located in Hunan province in south-central China, and famous as the home of the stunning, UNESCO-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area: a region of towering sandstone pinnacles, waterfalls, canyons, and lakes.* If no direct flight to Zhangjiajie is available today, travel to Shanghai  by coach, drinking in views of China’s towns, villages, and farms en route. On arrival, enjoy a dinner of culinary specialties favored by the local Tujia peoples, an ancient community with its own language, food, customs and festivals. Enjoy delicious dishes that feature in the Tujia’s “Catching the New Year” festival—a celebration of the coming New Year.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Pullman Hotel & Resort or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 6

Zhangjiajie

Today brings a full-day tour of the natural wonders—and four protected regions— of the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. Start at the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, known for its high pillars draped in lush foliage—natural formations said to have inspired the fictional moon, Pandora, in 2009’s sci-fi movie, Avatar. Marvel at the sea of pillars, some 3,000 feet high, and ride the Bailong Elevator*, the world’s tallest outdoor lift, which ascends a sheer sandstone cliff and affords awe-inspiring views over the incredible landscape. Next, continue to the Yuanjiajie Scenic Area to admire its signature sights, including the Mihun Crag, the rock bridge dubbed the “First Bridge under Heaven,” and the 1,080-meter-high Hallelujah Mountain, so-named after the “floating mountains” in Avatar. Your tour also takes in Wulingyuan’s Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area, with visits to beauty spots such as Helong Park and the West Sea Stone Forests.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Pullman Hotel & Resort or Similar

DAY 7

Zhangjiajie

More incredible scenery awaits today with a second day in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Admire the streams, waterfalls, and luxuriant forests of the Golden Whip Stream*, and walk across the spectacular Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, the world’s longest and highest glass-walkway bridge, for dizzying views. Other highpoints include a lunch of Tujia Specialty cuisine and the journey by little train in the Ten-Mile Gallery*—a scenic valley filled with bizarrely shaped natural rock formations. This evening, relax over dinner at your hotel and watch the “Zhangjiajie Tianmen Fox Fairy Show”*, a musical drama based on a centuries-old Chinese fairytale.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Sunshine Hotel Resort or Similar

DAY 8

Zhangjiajie—Phoenix Ancient Town

Following breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, a separate national forest also near Zhangjiajie. Marvel at the dramatic mountain scenery and ride cable cars to various locations, including Tianmen Cave*—a rock arch high in the mountains—and the Glass Plank Road— a glass walkway pinned to a mountainside that commands thrilling views of the valley below. After lunch at a restaurant, continue by coach to Phoenix Ancient Town, also known as Fenghuang—a beautiful old water town on the Tuo Jiang River, framed by wooded mountains. After an approximate 4-hour journey, arrive and check in at your hotel before relaxing over dinner tonight.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Phoenix Grand Hotel or Similar

DAY 9

Phoenix Ancient Town

Start today with a sightseeing tour of Phoenix, which provides a fascinating window into what life was probably like in rural China centuries ago. Have your camera ready on a ferry cruise along the Tuo Jiang: sailing by the town’s high-gabled wooden waterfront houses, known as Diaojiaolou, which appear as if they’re hanging above the river—as well as bridges, pagodas, and scenes of women washing clothes and fishing boats casting their nets in the water. Learn about Phoenix’s long history and predominant Miao ethnic community, and head inside one or some of the Diaojiaolou houses to view their unique design. Finish the day over some delicious Miao cuisine at dinner this evening.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Special Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★ Phoenix Grand Hotel or Similar

DAY 10

Phoenix Ancient Town—Tongren—Shanghai

Check out of your Phoenix hotel and take a scenic drive to Tongren airport. Along the way, stop to visit China’s Southern Great Wall, built during the 16th-century Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty. View the fortifications and learn how they were constructed to separate and control southern China’s ethnic minorities—in particular the Miao peoples. On arrival at the airport, catch your short flight to Shanghai,China’s second-largest city. Enjoy a transfer to your hotel and get  the rest of the day free to spend as you want. Perhaps do some last-minute souvenir shopping or delve into Shanghai’s charming French Concession, formerly the city’s French colonial residential area, to experience its leafy boulevards, wine bars, delis, or restaurants.

Included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★★ The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

DAY 11

Shanghai

This morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Shanghai’s landmarks. Head to the famous Bund waterfront to admire its stately colonial-era buildings—many of them in Art Déco style—and its views over the skyscraper-packed Pudong district on the opposite banks of the Huangpu River. Stroll around the exquisite Yu Garden*—a classical garden dating to the time of the Ming dynasty—and visit the City God Temple Bazaar, where streets filled with stalls, shops, and restaurants surround an ornate 600-year-old Taoist temple in the heart of old Shanghai. Following lunch at a local restaurant, this afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy any last explorations of the city.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

★★★★★ The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

DAY 12

Shanghai—USA

Following breakfast, enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Included: Breakfast

YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

Experienced and knowledgeable tour guide throughout China.
Deluxe 5 star hotel accommodation for your comfort.
Fine meals as specified in itinerary including daily breakfast in hotels, and local specialty cuisines: 
Wuzhen.............. Local Traditional Cuisine
Hangzhou.......... Local Traditional Cuisine
Zhangjiajie..........Tujia Gannian Feast, Tujia Traditional Cuisine, Mushroom Cuisine
Phoenix................ Miao Traditional 10 Dishes
Daily comprehensive sightseeing program as outlined in the itinerary.
Shanghai – Yu Garden
Wuzhen – Xizha Scenic Area
Zhangjiajie – Grand Ticket for Zhangjiajie Parks and Reserves, Cable car, Bailong Elevator, Ten-Mile Gallery Sightseeing Train, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge  
Phoenix Ancient City – Tuo Jiang River Cruise, China’s Southern Great Wall
Special cultural entertainments: 
Hangzhou – West Lake Cruise, West Lake Impression Show “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” 
Zhangjiajie – Tianmen Fox Fairy Show 
Phoenix – Tuo Jiang River Cruise
Stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites: West Lake in Hangzhou, Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area in Zhangjiajie.
Air-conditioned tour coach with professional driver service.
A bottle of mineral water is provided on the bus every day.
Easy recognized luggage tag, badge, and document holder provided for your convenience.
Select City Packages are available for you to extend your trip before or after the tour. See City Packages for more information.

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from Los Angeles(LAX)/San Francisco(SFO)/Chicago O'hare(ORD)/New York JFK(JFK) on China Eastern Airlines(MU), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

  • China Eastern Airlines:

    JFK FROM $100 PP

*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing

Shanghai The Kunlun Jing An Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the heart of the former French Concession, the Kunlun Jing An hotel is within walking distance of many popular shanghai attractions and offers 714 well-appointed rooms and suites with magnificent sweeping views of the city. Choose from one of the 18 meeting rooms to host your Shanghai conference, meeting or wedding reception. Shanghai airports and train stations are easily accessible from the hotel. In Shanghai's business, entertainment districts.

Details

  • No.250 Huashan Road Jing' an District, Shanghai, China
  • +86 216 248 0000

Wuzhen Waterside Resort or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No.118, Nvgong Street, Wuzhen West Scenic Zone
  • +86 573 887 310 88

Hangzhou Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • 122 Shuguang Rd, Huang Long Shang Quan, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • +86 571 8799 0888

Zhangjiajie Pullman Hotel & Resort or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No. 188 Gaoyun RoadWulingyuan, Zhangjiajie,Hunan, China
  • +86 744 888 8888

Zhangjiajie Sunshine Hotel Resort or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No.2 Yongding Dadao East, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China
  • +86 744 855 8888

Phoenix Phoenix Grand Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Details

  • No 1 Fenghuang Road, Fenghuang, Hunan, China
  • +86 743 350 2999
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Shanghai, Wuzhen, Hangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Phoenix (PHZ)