Appreciate Civilization with Culture and Museum – 5 day Tour of Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, and Nanjing
From Suzhou, where houses are built along the river, to Wuxi, a water town in Jiangnan, from Yangzhou, the capital of East Asian cultures, to Jinling, the ancient capital for the Six Dynasties, tourists can have a tour around these four cities in Jiangsu, and feel the charm of Jiangnan culture, Jinling culture and canal culture; tourists can also visit the major museums to explore the traces left by time in history, experience the making procedure of the traditional Chinese intangible cultural heritage, and gain a deep understanding of Jiangsu’s civilization.
D1: Pick-up in Shanghai, Shanghai to Suzhou
Suzhou Museum, Kunqu Opera, Suzhou Embroidery, Master of the Nets Garden
Tourists can go to the water town Suzhou and feel the unique charm of Jiangnan, visit the Suzhou Museum and appreciate the combination of modern minimalist design and Chinese aesthetic; tourists can also visit the World Cultural Heritage the Master of the Nets Garden and feel the charm of the classical gardens, enjoy Kunqu opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera and feel its euphemistic and delicate tunes; then the tourists can view Suzhou embroidery, one of China’s four famous embroideries and enjoy its beauty;
D2: Suzhou to Wuxi
Fangong Palace, Clay-teapot Making, Huishan Clay Figurine
The journey in Wuxi starts from the Fangong Palace, which is known as “the Louvre in China”. Tourists can appreciate the architectural beauty formed by the Chinese Buddhist grotto art and traditional Buddhist elements. Each of the tourists can make a beautiful clay teapot, admire the lively Huishan clay figurines in Wuxi and feel the auspicious culture of “A Fu”.
D3: Wuxi to Yangzhou
The Grand Canal, Chinese Engraving and Lacquer Craft
In Yangzhou, the starting point of the Grand Canal, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is a must-see. Tourists can take a boat through various attractions along the canal and feel the profound culture of Yangzhou. Then, tourists can experience Chinese woodblock printing and see how this ancient technique works. Yangzhou is the birthplace of Chinese wood-cored lacquerware, and tourists can appreciate a wide variety of lacquerware and exquisite craftsmanship.
D4: Yangzhou to Nanjing
Nanjing Museum and The Oriental Metropolitan Museum, Nanjing Yunjin Museum
Known as the “Capital for the Six Dynasties”, Nanjing contains a profound history and culture. Starting from the Nanjing Museum, tourists can have a comprehensive understanding of this ancient capital by visiting the cultural relics in different historical periods; experiencing the changes and culture of the six dynasties: Eastern Wu dynasty, Eastern Jin dynasty, Liu Song dynasty, Southern Qi dynasty, Liang dynasty, and Chen dynasty in the Oriental Metropolitan Museum; appreciating the splendid Yunjin artwork in the Nanjing Yunjin Museum and listening to the sound of the loom working, and feeling the charm of Nanjing fabrics in the end.
D5: Head to Shanghai and depart from the airport.