Sunday, February 9, 2014

Shanghai - 25 SGD - Budget Tour

This article is for those budget conscious travelers who want to avail the budget tours in China, but are not sure what to expect.  Overall experience was indeed educational and worthwhile.

We got our 25 SGD tour from one of the online coupon stores, it consists  of the 5D4N - Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi and Suzhou -  includes: all meals, accommodation, and tour guide.  For total of 155 sgd for the land land package (+tip of 30sgd, +entrance fees and shows for 100 sgd ) - excluding flight.

Day 1 - Shanghai
Our first day started with a lunch in Shanghai along Cheng Huang Temple street, 

After the palatable lunch, we were given 2 hrs free time around temple street and Yuyuen Garden, there we traverse shops, and food outlets around, and one must try is their Xiao long pao and Tang Pao (soup bun).

9 turn bridge -Yuyuan Garden

Next stop is Xin Tian Di, Shi Ku Men which is only high end restaurant / bars in a refurbish  neighborhood in Shanghai.  Then, we were dropped along Nanjing Road and walk towards The Bund area, Shanghai Tang :

The famous land mark in Shanghai - Pudong area business centre. 

The dinner was around the side streets of Nanjing rd -

After dinner, we were brought to watch ERA show -

Our evening accommodation was in Regal Plaza and residence hotel, its classified as 4 star with nice room, but their hot water supply runs out in the morning.

Day 2 - Shanghai - HangZhou
Our 2nd day we went back to West Nanjing road, in a Tao Bao City - Han city shopping -

Be prepare with your haggling skills, souvenir items as cheap as 2 - 5 RMB.  

then we headed for lunch at restaurant with performance from Yunan, a village near Thai-China border -

After lunch, we had a 3 hrs bus ride to HangZhou - where we visited the West Lake, on a boat ride.  Within the area is the Flower Harbor (Huagang) Park, there is the pagoda LengFeng Tower

Some unique native street food around the West Lake are this black corns - 

Our second night ended with a good dinner with HangZhou's famous delicacy - Tong Po pork 肉

A night was spent in Hua Yue Hotel

Watch out for the next part of this Shanghai Budget Tour, which covers the surrounding villages of Wuxi, Suzhou and back to Shanghai.  To download this article to your mobile devices, visit this link.

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