|Map of Jiangnan, China|
|Map of Huangshan, Huizhou & Tunxi|
Nine of our tour members from Subang Jaya / USJ, Selangor signed up a package tour (8 days) to Jiangnan, China in mid-Nov (early winter) organized by Airlink Travel, Puchong. Our tour group has 14 members. Overall the 8 day tour program covering a number of touristy places in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Jiaxing, Shanghai, Yiwu & Xinchang was quite comprehensive. Three of the tourist places we visited are UNESCO World Heritage sites (ie West Lake & The Grand Canal of China of Hangzhou & Mt Huangshan). The Naxun ancient town & water village is currently in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in China.
Due to the climatic change, I observed that early winter in China this year was much colder (5-12c) than when I visited Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao & Shanghai in December 2015 ! Visiting touristy places in the late afternoon was a challenge as by 4.30-5.00pm, the sky had turned dark so we were hurried to finish the visits as quick as possible ! Day one in our visit to the Nanxun ancient town, it was drizzling & the floor was wet and the weather was cold but our tour members were briefed earlier & well prepared for the 1st day visit !
Majority of package tours to China have add-ons side tours (4-5) which require tour members to pay up to CNY400-500 upon arrival and a number of compulsory shopping trips so you may have to budget extra monies if you are shopping crazy and enjoy impulse buying ! So be prudent in your spending !
Airlink package tour price (8 days 7 nights) : Rm1,948 (excluding travel insurance)
Taxi (KLIA>Subang Jaya) : Rm36 per pax (cost sharing)
Food & Groceries : Rm85
Fruit : CNY104
Shuttle vehicle : CNY35
Travel tips: CNY80
Winter wear: CNY120
Recommended optional highlight : Rmb450 paid for by individual tour member covering additional touristy visits:
- Boat ride on Lake Taihu Wetland Park
- Qing Ming Bridge, Wuxi
- Oriental Fairyland Aerobatic show, Shanghai
- Silk (bought 2 sets of silk mattress covers CNY1,180)
- Yidu Pixiu (embroidery)
- Pu'er tea
- Charcoal bamboo products (bought CNY110)
Exchange rates: Ringgit Malaysia Rm1= CNYuan 1.62; CNY1 =Rm0.62; US$1=Rm4.20
The 14 tour members who signed up for this Happy Holiday & gorgeous Huangshan & Jiang Nan visit; my brother in law (William Boey), my wife & her 2 sisters; my Qigong mate, KC & Annie (wife) were part of the tour group for this visit.
7) Lihu Lake, Wuxi (Jiangsu Province)
10) Xintiandi & Shikumen, Shanghai City
16) Transformer Theme Park, Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province
24) Giant Buddha, Xinchang, Zhejiang Province