1000 Years of History in Wuzhen
Explore ancient Wuzhen, a water town founded more than 1,000 year ago, where you will enjoy an evening cruise on the waterways, behold architectural landmarks and immerse yourself in the traditional culture.
Day 1 – February 10th, 2015
Depart from pier in Shanghai on a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach and begin driving west to ancient Wuzhen, a city founded in 872 A.D. Over the past 1,000 years or so, Wuzhen has been largely dependent on its waterways for farming and transportation, and little has changed in many respects. Within the town, there are more than 100 ancient stone bridges, and canals extend in seemingly every direction. The majority of the residents still live in wooden houses by the water, emulating a lifestyle much like their ancestors’.
Upon arriving in Wuzhen, you will check-in at the service center and then be treated to a traditional Chinese lunch at a well-known restaurant. Afterwards, you will enjoy an in-depth, guided walking tour in Xizha, a restored historical area of 12 islands connected by dozens of architecturally beautiful bridges. The highlights of this charming district include an ancient drugstore, ornate temples and a museum with exhibits devoted to the ancient Chinese custom of foot binding. You will also notice the western influence on the design of the brick Post Office, which is unlike the majority of buildings in Wuzhen, which are wooden.
Later in the afternoon, you will check in Wangjinli Boutique Hotel for a few hours of free time before a traditional dinner at the hotel. As evening falls, you will board a small boat and cruise Wuzhen’s famed waterways, an outing that presents an entirely different perspective of the city.
Afterwards, a leisurely walk brings you back to the hotel for the evening.
Day 2 – February 11th, 2015
Following breakfast at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel, you will check out and transfer back to the pier in Shanghai.
Land Program Step by Step:
The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given for general reference purposes only, and are subject to change.
8:30am Depart from pier and transfer to Wuzhen
10:45am Arrive at the Wuzhen service center
12:30pm Walking tour in Wuzhen’s Xizha sector
4:00pm Check in at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel
6:00pm Dinner at the hotel
7:30pm Boat ride and then walk back to the hotel
Overnight at the Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar
AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:00am Check out of the hotel and depart for Shanghai
11:00am Return to the pier
Expected weather: The average February temperature in this area of China is 6°C (43° Fahrenheit) during the day, although it can get much cooler at night.
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, warm jacket and sweater and you may wish to bring mitts /scarf to keep warm when walking outdoors.
Note about restrooms: Not all restrooms in China have conventional toilets; some are squat toilets only slighter higher than the floor. You will encounter both conventional and squat toilets while traveling. It is advisable to always carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues and toilet paper in case they are needed.
Local Currency: The Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approximately 6.1 RMBY to one U.S. dollar. Exchanging money is available at the hotels, and most shops accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.
Electricity: The voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. standard is 110 volts).
Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.
Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar
*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.
• One English-speaking guide from Shanghai accompanying the group for the entire program and one English-speaking local guide in Wuzhen
• One night accommodation at Wangjinli Boutique Hotel or similar hotel with daily breakfast
• Round-trip coach transfer Shanghai/Wuzhen/Shanghai
• One lunch and one dinner per the itinerary with one soft drink, local beer or bottled water per meal
• Touring per the itinerary
• Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals including mini bar and other personal items
• Chinese Visa
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.