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Shanghai Featured Hotels

Shanghai is the largest metropolitan city in China, and is a combination of Chinese Culture and tradition (along with the glamour) and with beautiful Shanghai hotels.

During the past few years, Shanghai has developed economically accompanied with the culture of Shanghai intact. Hence, the number of tourists has also increased making it a bit difficult to find good Shanghai hotels vacant. So, if you are planning a trip to this beautiful city, you will have to book your China Shanghai hotel in advance.

There are number of sightseeing places in Shanghai which attract the tourists from all over the world. Apart from this the Shanghai hotels are culturally profound with all the modern amenities and luxuries.

The places for sightseeing in Shanghai include Residence of Lu Xun, Shanghai Zoological Park, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and many more.

Residence of Lu Xun: This was the home of the famous writer Lu Xun. And it is now a museum. This was the first museum in the history of Shanghai.

Shanghai Grand Theatre: This beautiful theatre is used for many cultural and non cultural events. This crystal like structure is admired for its beautiful architecture.

Shanghai Zoological Park: which was earlier known as western Suburb Park is an entertainment park and also the home a variety of animals which is admired by the visitors and zoologists from all over the globe.

Urban planning exhibition hall of Shanghai: This beautiful exhibition shows you the plans fro the future of the city infrastructure. If you think, the city is great, wait till you see what they have planned for the future.

Jade Buddha temple: jade Buddha temple is a Buddhist temple and is visited my many worshippers and tourists. More than 50 Buddhist monks still stay there.

Similarly there are many more places to see in Shanghai like World finance center of shanghai, Yuyuan garden, pudong, old street of shanghai to name a few. So if you are want to plan your holidays to Shanghai, a number of Shanghai hotels are available in your budget. Go ahead and make the most of your holidays.

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Yangtze River Tours    by China Connection Tours

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The Yangtze River is the longest river in China, snaking its way 6,300 kilometers from western China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea. For over two centuries the Yangtze River has served as a transportation highway and commercial thoroughfare. Nowadays, the Yangtze River has attracted millions of tourists from home and abroad for the visit and has become one of the most popular china tours. For those who would like to cruise along the Yangtze River, below are some tips for your reference:

1. Climate & Clothing

The climate of the Three Gorges region is within the sub-tropical climate area of Central Asia. The annual temperature averages 18.4°C (65.1°F) with a range from the coldest month in January being 7.1°C (44.8°F) to the hottest month in July being 29.3°C (84.7°F). The best tour time is from April through October. Winds in the gorges area are relatively strong with fixed wind directions from either the east or west. In the winter time, due to the low water level, only a few of cruises are in business.

As for the clothing, the light sweater, jacket, or water-proof coat is highly recommended when you cruise the Yangtze River in spring and fall. In the summer time, the sunglasses, suntan oil and sandals are necessary. Besides, a pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must all the time.

2. Excursion

The cruise has its scheduled timetable with fixed shore excursions for two to three hours every day. Since from the day you board the cruise, you will receive the detailed timetable list for the next day every evening.

The excursions activities range from Shennong Stream Drifting, Three Gorges Dam Sightseeing, Shibaozhai Wooden Pagoda to Baidi Temple, Wanzhou County, etc. Except that Three Gorges Dam is always included in the schedule, all the others depend on the water level at that time and arrangement of the cruise company. Besides, some cruises offer the optional shore excursions activities for sightseeing, shopping and outdoor sports, etc.

3. Entertainment

When you are on board, you have chance to learn about Chinese culture besides of viewing the scenery. The cruise will prepare some theme topics on Chinese culture, such as Chinese painting &calligraphy, Chinese reflexology, Three Gorges Dam Project, etc. Sometimes Chinese Mahjong class is included. It provides you a good chance to get to know Chinese culture and make some new friends.

There are recreation rooms for Chinese chess, Mahjong, library room, gym room, the ball and café bars available on board. If you are early bird, you can follow the master to practice Taiji on the sundeck in the morning. The three-star and up cruises will hold the welcome and farewell party to entertain the guests. Also you will be invited to take part in the programs and show you talents.

5. Dining

When you are on board, three meals are included. Most of the cruises offer buffet breakfast in both Chinese & western style and Chinese table lunch & dinner. Coffee and tea are available. And the alcohol drinks are charged. Catering times are announced on the public address system. All the tables are fixed for the convenience of the service.

Below is a Classic Yangtze River Tours Schedule for your reference.

Day 01 Shanghai Arrival

Day 02 Shanghai
Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Nanjing Road

Day 03 Shanghai / Suzhou / Shanghai
Suzhou

Day 04 Shanghai / Yichang
Fly from Shanghai to Yichang. Board the Yangtze River Cruise in the late afternoon.

Day 05 Yangtze River Cruise
Today the cruise will stop at San Duo Ping and sail through the Xiling Gorge, the longest of the famed Three Gorges. After lunch, you will enjoy a shore excursion at the splendid Three Gorges Dam Project.

Day 06 Yangtze River Cruise
This morning, you will pass through the west part of Xiling Gorges. After a shore excursion at Shennong Stream, you will pass through the Wu Gorge and visit the fascinating peaks and rocks along the Wu Mountains. Then pass through Qutang Gorge, which is framed by steep cliffs, with overhanging mountains on the two sides.

Day 07 Yangtze River Cruise
Today's highlight is a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, the magnificent 12-story wooden pagoda which was built against a protruding 220-meter rectangular rock with sheer cliffs on the north bank.

Day 08 Chongqing / Beijing
Morning cruise will bring you to the mountain city of Chongqing where you will disembark. Fly to Beijing.

Day 09 Beijing
Tian An Men Square,Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Olympic Stadium

Day 10 Beijing
Gongwangfu Garden, Hutong rickshaw tour

Day 11 Beijing
Great Wall, the Ming Emperors' Tombs

Day 12 Beijing
Departure

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About the Author: China Connection Tours, an excellent China tour operator, has over twenty-years of experience in tour operating and specializes in custom China tours for individuals and groups; offers more than 300 China tour packages: Classical China tours, Yangtze tours , Yunnan tours, Tibet tours Silk Road tours. For the details, please check http://www.china-tour.cn/Yangtze-River-Tours/

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Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Indulge in elegant apartments, a prestigious location, business and recreational facilities and personalised services while staying at the Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai. Designed for international executives and their families, each private apartment is spacious with sophisticated and refined decor. The residence is situated in the Luwan District and has immediate access to the business shopping and entertainment. The Lippo Plaza, Shanghai Central Square and Raffles City are just a few of the business centres close by. Also a short walk away is the famous Xintiandi, the city’s premier lifestyle and entertainment hub with a myriad of restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques.
Bodi Boutique Hotel Shanghai
Bodi Boutique is located at the heart of Pudong New District, 7 km from People’s Square. The stylish hotel offers a fitness centre, free parking and rooms with free internet. Guestrooms at Bodi Boutique Hotel are spacious and feature a trendy interior. Each well-appointed room is equipped with a minibar, a spacious sitting area and a 42-inch flat-screen TV with cable channels. Hotel Bodi offers laundry and dry cleaning services. Concierge and ticketing services are also provided. For relaxation, guests can unwind in the sauna rooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves a wide variety of local and international dishes. Light refreshments are available as well.
Central Hotel Shanghai
Conveniently located in shopping and business district and adjacent to the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, the Central Hotel Shanghai brings guests enough convenience for business, sightseeing, catering and entertainment purposes. A total of 27 floors covering 319 luxurious rooms, with 7 distinctly styled restaurants and bars, multi-function rooms, fitness center, and sauna. The convenience of the location and the state of the art facilities has made the Central Hotel Shanghai a popular choice by both business travelers and leisure makers. 
Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui
Located in the heart of the Shanghai Xujiahui business and shopping district, the Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Xujihaui just minutes from the Grand Gateway Plaza shopping-office complex, Shanghai Catholic Church, renowned French Concession as well as many other city attractions.  One of the hotel's unique attributes is its magnificent rooftop design, featuring a traditional "golden palace". In addition, guests can dine in the hotel's signature restaurants MoMo Cafe and MoMo2Go and for those guests looking to relax and unwind, there is also a Roman-style indoor swimming pool and 200 square meter state-of-the-art fitness center.
Donghu Garden Hotel Shanghai
Located in Shanghai's Xuhui District, Donghu Hotel is 100 metres from Huihai Street and 3 km from Nanjing Road. It features an indoor pool, gym and 6 dining options. Donghu Hotel Shanghai is 500 metres from the Shanghai Metro Station and 5 km from Shanghai Railway Station. Hongqiao Airport is 13 km from the hotel. The French Concession area is just steps away from Hotel Donghu. Guests can enjoy a range of treatments at the beauty salon or unwind at the sauna rooms. 24-hour laundry and dry cleaning services are offered at this hotel. The Chinese Restaurant at Donghu Hotel serves a variety of Shanghai, Guangdong and Sichuan cuisine. Japanese menu can be found at the Haizhixing Restaurant and Wumu Restaurant.
Grand Skylight Gardens Hotel Shanghai
Shanghai Grand Skylight Gardens Hotel is a 4 star business hotel; it is located in commercial, financial, cultural and leisure center - Xujiahui, it also adjacent to south Shanghai Railway station and Exhibition Center. The hotel has landscape elegant rooms and Canada wooden structure villa, which make you feel at home. The restaurant of hotel serves High level Cantonese cuisine, Sichuan cuisine and Shanghai cuisine. it can accommodate 350 people at the same time. The hotel also featured by lobby lounge, conference rooms and entertainment equipments. We will do everything possible to make your stay more pleasurable and memorable.
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