Hangzhou (about 1 hr from Shanghai via train)
Hangzhou is a very beautiful city, located along Southeast coast of China. It is the capital of Zhejiang Province. Hangzhou is a key national tourism city, historical city and vice provincial level city as confirmed by the State Council. Hangzhou is renowned as “Paradise on Earth”, “Cultural State”, “Home of Silk”, “Tea Capital”, “Town of Fish and Rice”.
The following attractions in Hangzhou are strongly recommended:
West Lake, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon,Grand Canal Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple, Baopu Taoist Temple, Wuzhen Water Town
Tourism information: http://en.gotohz.com/
Suzhou (about 30 mins from Shanghai via train)
Suzhou, a city of eastern China, on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu.It was the capital (6th - 5th century B.C.) of an ancient vassal state – the Wu kingdom of Zhou Dynasty. It was renamed Suzhou in the 6th century A.D. and is famous for its classical gardens, beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, silk, Grand Canal and canal-side housing, which have contributed to its status as one of the great tourist attractions.
The following attractions in Suzhou are strongly recommended:
Tiger Hill, Lion Grove Garden (and other gardens), Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Zhouzhuang
Tourism information: http://en.visitsz.com/
Handbook of Suzhou: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/specials/szhb.pdf
Thousand-Islet Lake, Yellow Mountain are recommended because of the very good land view.
Hongcun, a very beautiful ancient town close to Yellow Mountain, is also recommended.