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This ancient capital has been impressing visitors as far back as the 13th century, when noted explorer Marco Polo commented upon its noble beauty in christening Hangzhou the "City of Heaven". He might perhaps have been referring to the view of the magical West Lake from the Broken Bridge, surrounded by rolling mountains and dotted with small mysterious islands. Or perhaps its collection of pagodas and temples, or its charming tea houses and traditional gardens.
Whatever Marco Polo was most captivated by, he certainly wouldn't have had the convenience of travelling between Shanghai and Hangzhou in in roughly one hour on the speedy Bullet train. For a more leisurely travel experience you can take the water ferry up the historic Grand Canal up to the historic Gongchen Bridge, first built during the Ming dynasty, over 500 years ago.
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Explore eastern China by Bullet Train, with no internal flights. Visit historic Beijing and modern Shanghai and enjoy classic gardens, ancient canals and s…
Day 1 - Fly to Shanghai
Day 2 - Welcome to Shanghai
Day 3 - Highlights of Shanghai
Day 4 - At leisure in Shanghai
Day 5 - Suzhou's Classical Gardens
Day 6 - Bullet Train to Hangzhou
Day 7 - Hangzhou & West Lake
Day 8 - Hangzhou at leisure
Day 9 - Transfer to Huangshan & ancient village
Day 10 - Spectacular mountain landscapes
Day 11 - Bullet Train to Beijing
Day 12 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present
Day 13 - At leisure or optional tours
Day 14 - Hike the Great Wall of China
Day 15 - Return flight to the UK
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