This 3-day tour is a journey of culture exploration, taking you into the picturesque and poetic Hangzhou and Shaoxing with a long history and an air of Chinese culture. From romantic lakes to ancient street, from magnificent temple to precious residence...all of them sketch an exquiste and imaginative painting in front of you.
Enjoy cruising through the renowned West Lake and Xixi Wetland Area.
Hava a taste of the unique folk customs of Hangzhou, sucha as Tea Ceremony.
Visit the famous historical heritages to get acquaintance with Chinese literary giants in Shaoxing.
|Today's Activities||After pick-up and hotel check-in, spend you morning by touring Lingyin Temple at 10:00am, whose name means Temple of the Soul's Retreat. As one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, Lingyin Temple is home to numerous pagodas, Buddhist grottoes and magnificent rock carvings of Buddha.
At 12:30, you are served a delicious lunch. Then fit in another trip to West Lake by taking a vessel to cruise over this celebrated lake, adorned with placid water and lush tree-line shore and endowed with profound meaning of literature and history. Take in the beauty of the famous sights such as Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Bai and Su Causeways and Solitary Hill.
Then turn your attention to Flower Harbor Park to appreciate many well-known attractions including Peony Garden and Red Carp Pond before back to the hotel about 4:30pm.
|Today's Activities||After breakfast, set out at 9:00am to start your another culture journey at Xixi National Wetland Park, with a history of over 1,800 years, boasting spectacular wetland scenery, abundant cultural heritage, elegant life of water village, even a traditional Dragon Boat Contest held in the important festival.
Enjoy your lunch at 1:00pm. After a break, heat to the next stop at 2:30pm, Dragon Well Tea Village, housing a legendary plantation of Dragon Well tea, one of China’s most renowned types of tea, where you can not only appreciate the planting grounds and the museum, but also witness a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Finish this day tour by taking a one-hour stroll along Hefang Ancient Street, lined with shops and restaurants built in traditional architectural style. You can pick up some souvenirs and snacks before the bus to Shaoxing at 5:00pm.
Spend the whole day to explore Shaoxing, one of China’s famous historical and cultural cities, considered as “A Museum without Walls” and “Town of Celebrities”, where you can live in an exotic and elegant lifestyle filled with abundant human landscapes, spectacular natural views and unique folk customs.
Head to your first hit at 8:30am, Langting Pavilion, to enjoy 1.5-hour learning about the culture of Chinese calligraphy made famous by Wang Xizhi, author of a well-known essay written at Lanting Pavilion. You can also have a try to practice the calligraphy, if you would like. Then enjoy a boat cruise on East Lake to glide silently along the cliffs and grottoes to appreciate a miniature landscape combining a hill, grottoes and bridges.
Enjoy your lunch at 1:00pm. An hour later, set out for the well-preserved Former Residence of Luxun, one of China’s best-known modern writers and author of many profound stories such as Diary of a Madman and Medicine, who plays an important role in the turbulent history of China. There is also a Memorial Hall dedicated to his history on the same street. Afterwards, drive back to Hangzhou for your next destination.
|Tour Package Includes:|
|Dining: 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches||Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary|
|Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide||Hotels: Accommodation in Hangzhou and Qiandao Lake|
|Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers||Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver|
|Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day;||Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;|
|Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance;||Government taxes & Service charges|
|Tour Package Excludes:|
|- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary;||- Tips for tour guides and drivers.|
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 2 breakfasts provided by the hotel and 3 lunches.
You are free to make dinner arrangements by yourself.
Hangzhou dishes are best representative of Zhejiang cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. Hangzhou dishes are noted for its elaborate preparations, sophisticated way of cooking and its most refreshing taste.
-- Dongpo Pork: A little fatty but not oily. Named after Su Dongpo, a famous man of letters of Song Dynasty.
-- West Lake Sour Fish: featuring tender fish meat with sweet and sour sauce.
-- Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea: Sliced meat and crispy rice with fragrance of Longjing Tea
|Dongpo Pork||Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea|