This is a case study of a typical trip, along with my suggestions. (The questions were edited a little bit – just some editorial changes).
I read your blog. It’s very interesting, especially because I’ll visit Shanghai in next 10 days. Well, I’m Indonesian Chinese overseas, not fluetly Pu Tong Hua speaking, so will be though back to mainland :)
I have free time before my course, I’ll come to Shanghai at 2nd Jun morning. I plan to go Hangzhou, to visit Xi Hu and Long Jing, then the next day go to Suzhou, do you have any recommened place to visit in here?
and 4 Jun will back to Shanghai, i’ll stay at cypress garden hotel, is it good hotel?
At 4 I plan to visit Shanghai museum and have dinner in Bund area, any recommended place?
After all, is it a “make sense” plan? because actually I don’t know exact distance between the place :)
Need you advise
Thanks in advance
First of all, let me tell you how far Shanghai and Suzhou and Hangzhou is.
Hangzhou is 2 hour to 2.5 hour’s drive from Shanghai, or more than 200 km. Suzhou is about 100 km away from Shanghai and takes about 1.5 hours from Shanghai.
Hangzhou is at southwest of Shanghai, and Suzhou at west. Look at the map below.
So it makes sense to visit Hangzhou, and then go directly from Hangzhou to Suzhou, and then back to Shanghai. It is not a perfect triangle, but very similiar.
I would say, if you arrive in Shanghai, and then go to Hangzhou the same day, it can be too rush. Why not spend the rest of the day in Shanghai and have some rest and then go to Hangzhou the second day? Typically Hangzhou needs one day or two days, and if you go directly there, at least half day is wasted on the road.
The other way to do it is to arrive in Hangzhou in the early afternoon (depending when your flight arrives in Shanghai), and spend after at Xihu (or West Lake). Spend as much time as possible at West Lake. It is really good.
For Suzhou, definitely go to Hupao (or the Tiger Spring?) That is my favorite place.
Cypress is a good hotel. I would recommend it.
On the Bund, my favorite place is the Three on the Bund. It is expensive though.
The M on the Bund on the opposite side of the street is also good.
There are not so many restraunts along the Bund. If you want, the Shanghai Uncle restraurant under the Bund Center is good.
So have a good trip – it seems you have put a lot of places into your tight 3 day schedule. It seems to me that there are too much – you may think about extending for at least one day for better experience.