• Explore with CCC the historical, cultural and charming cities at the junction of the Yangtze and the Grand Canal - Yangzhou and Zhenjiang, which are beautiful for their lakes, gardens, pagodas and blossoms. Then visit Nanjing - the south capital - once capital of six Dynasties.

  • Introduction



    NANJING

    306 km (189 miles) NW of Shanghai. First the nation's capital in the early years of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644), then the capital of the Republic of China from 1911 to 1937, and now capital of Jiangsu Province. Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing is one of the most delightful Chinese cities. It was the Capital City of six to ten dynasties what gave him a brilliant cultural heritage. At the same time it offers modern conveniences and emerging cosmopolitan lifestyle of contemporary urban China.


    YANGZHOU

    Located at the junction of the Yangzi River and the Grand Canal, Yangzhou was known during the Sui and Tang dynasties as the economic and cultural center of southern China, home to scholars, painters, poets, literati, and merchants. It was also the playground of the rich and famous, starting with the 6th-century Sui Yangdi emperor, who visited courtesans here. The Qing Qianlong emperor visited six times. Today Yangzhou is a charming town with broad, tree-lined boulevards and a network of canals and lakes (the famous Slender West Lake). Yangzhou is known for its handicrafts, landmarks and cuisine. (e.g. the famous Yangzhou fried rice)


    Zhenjiang

    Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), Nobel Prize-winning author of The Good Earth and other novels about China, lived in Zhenjiang with her missionary parents until the age of 18. Her childhood home is preserved on the grounds of a semiconductor factory in Zhenjiang.


    Jinshan Temple, built over 1,600 years ago, is very famous because of the White Snake legend. The white snake turned into a girl and married a young scholar named Xu Xian. A monk, Fa Hai, tried again and again to undermine their marriage. Out of indignation, the white snake summoned a deluge and flooded Jinshan Temple.

  • Suggested Itinerary One:
    3 Days to Nanjing, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang

    Day 1: High-speed train to Nanjing (3.5 hours) / Nanjing

    Beijing departure:  by high-speed train to Nanjing in the morning at around 08:00 (3 hour 30 minutes)
    Shanghai travelers: take morning train D5406 (07:42 - 10:15)
    Other locales: we welcome those to join us from other locales and meet us in Nanjing.

    • Arrive in Nanjing and have lunch.
    • Visit the well preverved city wall gateway (fortress) of Zhonghuamen Gate, finest remaining example of Nanjing's ancient city walls, and and mount on the old city wall to have a bird-eye view of the ancient capital city of China.
    • Drive to the Purple Mountain, which is covered with evergreens and old oaks and hosts many historical and cultural sites including the Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum,
    • On route, pass along the well known Soviet Union style Nanjing Yatze River Bridge.
    • Dinner and free time to stroll around at the bank of Qinhuai River and Confucius Temple area and appreciate beautiful night scene. Take flower boat ride along the light-up river (optional).

    Day 2: Yangzhou & Zhenjiang / Nanjing

    • In the morning, we drive to Yangzhou, 100km (62 miles) northeast of Nanjing, and visit Yangzhou's premier attraction "The Slendar West Lake" and have a good photo shot on the Five Pavilion Bridge, which was built in 1757 by a salt merchant who, in anticipation of the Qianlong emperor's arrival. Then go to see the White Dagoba, a white Tibetan-style stupa which was built by another ingratiating salt merchant more than 200 years ago during Qianlong emporer's one of his six visits to the lake.
    • Drive to nearby beautiful town Zhenjiang, and visit the former residence and museum of Pearl S. Buck (1892C1973), Nobel Prize-winning author of The Good Earth and other novels about China, who lived in Zhenjiang with her missionary parents until the age of 18. Her childhood home is preserved on the grounds of a semiconductor factory in Zhenjiang.
    • Visit the very famous Jinshan Temple of Zhenjiang, built over 1,600 years ago, is very famous because of the White Snake legend. The white snake turned into a girl and married a young scholar named Xu Xian. A monk, Fa Hai, tried again and again to undermine their marriage. Out of indignation, the white snake summoned a deluge and flooded Jinshan Temple.
    • Dinner and drive back to Nanjing. Stay another night in Nanjing.

    Day 3: Nanjing / Depart Nanjing by high-speed train

    • Visit the famous  Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum. Optional, you can visit a Brocade Museum. 
    • Explore the old area of Nanjing - the Republican-era Architecture area, and meander in the peacefull alleys lined with beautiful banyang trees and old western villas. 
    • Transfer to the train station and depart Nanjing.

    Suggested Itinerary Two

    3 Days to Nanjing, Yangzhou, Wuxi, and Yixing (center for all China's purple clay teapot)

    Day 1:  High-speed train to Nanjing / Nanjing Day Tour
    Beijing departure:  take high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Nanjing in the morning.
    Shanghai departure: take morning bullet train D406 (07:48 - 10:11)
    If you go from other locale, we will check the available flights from your locale to Nanjing.

    We will spend one day in Nanjing, visiting the highlights of the ancient capital. We first drive to the Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum in the morning, then mount on the China Gate, gate towers and city walls of Nanjing.  After luch, we first walk around the Republican-era Architecture area and meander in the hidden alleys to explore some Republican-Era Architecture of Nanjing, then we go to see the Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum (Optional, you can visit a Brocade Museum behind or the Ming Tombs). Dinner and free time. You can stroll around at the bank of or take "flower boat" along the Qinhuai River to appreciate beautiful night scene. Stay overnight in Nanjing.

    Day 2: Yangzhou / Yixing
    In the morning, we drive to Yangzhou, 100km (62 miles) northeast of Nanjing, and visit Yangzhou's premier attraction "The Slendar West Lake" and have a good photo shot on the Five Pavilion Bridge, which was built in 1757 by a salt merchant who, in anticipation of the Qianlong emperor's arrival. Then go to see the White Dagoba, a white Tibetan-style stupa which was built by another ingratiating salt merchant more than 200 years ago during Qianlong emporer's one of his six visits to the lake. After lunch, we visit the fascinating Western Han Dynasty Tomb Museum (worth visiting).  It is for the king of Guangling Kingdom, Liu Xu, the fifth son of the Han Wu Di emperor (140-86 B.C.). Sixty years in the making, Liu Xu's tomb is a grand five levels deep. After some free time in the city, we drive to Yixing in the evening and stay overnight.

    Day 3: Yixing / Wuxi /  Leave Wuxi by train
    Yixing is a small town located 60km (37 miles) southwest of Wuxi on the western shores of Taihu Lake. Along the highway to the town, you will see a lot of stands selling "purple Sand" pottery wares - small teapots and decorative objects made from a distinctive dark red clay due to high level of iron in the soil. We will visit Yixing Ceramics Museum, a collection of Yixing pots, flasks, and urns from over 6,000 years ago, as well as the latest vases and teapots from contemporary masters.

    We drive to Wuxi and visit Taihu Lake, its northern banks grazing the southwest edge of Wuxi. The China's most fabled body of freshwater covering 2,400 sq. km (950 sq. miles) with an average depth of only 2m (7 ft.).  The lake is dotted with islands, fishing trawlers, low cargo boats, and small sampans. Often shrouded in mist, Taihu is also the source of many fantastically shaped limestone rocks for classic Chinese gardens. We will land on the lake's most popular scenic spot - the peninsula Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Isle), and then take 15-minute refreshing boat ride to the Three Hiil Isle (San Shan Dao), a hilly island connected by causeways to two flanking islets.

    We will also vist Xihui Park,  dominated by two hills that have become symbols of Wuxi. The seven-story octagonal brick-and-wood Dragon Light Pagoda atop Mount. Xishan provides some good views of the Grand Canal snaking through the city. Then we visit famous Jichang Ming Dynasty garden at the foot of Hui Shan Mountain, laid out in classical southern style with walkways, rockeries, ponds, and pavilions. The garden is said to have so captivated the Qianlong emperor on one of his visits south that he commissioned a copy of it to be built in the the Summer Palace in Beijing. Just southwest of the garden is the Second Spring Under Heaven (Tianxia Di Er Quan), three wells containing the putative second-best water source in China for brewing tea. It is where the name of the masterpiece of Erhu music "Moon Reflection on The Second Stream" comes from.

    Transfer to the train station and leave Wuxi.

    Wuxi - Beijing by high-speed train: 19:0021:30  
    Wuxi - Shanghai by train: 18:50 - 19:53 (D443)