3 Days Hangzhou and Shaoxing Culture Tour

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Tour Code: CTG-HZ03

Tour Description

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.

Day 1 Arrive in Hangzhou ( Lunch )
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.
Highlights
Lingyin Temple West Lake West Lake          
Statues in Lingyin Temple West Lake Cruise Three Pools Mirroring the Moon in West Lake          
Day 2 Hangzhou - Shaoxing ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by vehicle
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.
Highlights
Dragon Well Tea Village Hefang Street Hefang Ancient Street          
Dragon Well Tea Plantation Hefang Street Chinese Medicine Store in Hefang Ancient Street          
Day 3 Shaoxing - Hangzhou Departure ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities 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.
Highlights
Langting Pavilion East Lake Former Residence of Luxun          
Langting Pavilion View along East Lake Former Residence of Luxun          
Package Details
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.
Hotels in Hangzhou
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake
Sofitel Hangzhou Westlake is located on the banks of the city's famous West Lake, and close to the central business district. The hotel features 200 elegantly furnished rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, an indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon. The executive lounge offers panoramic views of West Lake.
Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua
The 4-star Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua is only 2 minutse' walk from West Lake,2 km from Hangzhou Railway Station and 30 minutes driving from Hangzhou airport. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and foot massage. Various dinning options appeal to different appetites.
Lily Hotel Hangzhou
Lily Hotel Hangzhou enjoys a pleasant surroundings with Hangzhou's top landmark West Lake some 15 minutes walking distance away. And it's just 3km from the city centre, 5km from train station and 30km from airport. The 180 guest rooms are well furnished with a host of modern amenities to ensure the comfort of guests.
Hotel in Shaoxing
Qinwang Hotel
Located in the most prosperous area of Shaoxing city, Qinwang Hotel, with a meaning name, is a business hotel built in 4-star standards, providing high quality services of accommodation, dining, entertainment, meeting and business activities. There are 125 guest rooms and suits designed spaciously and elegantly, equipped with many facilities such as TV, Internet connection, etc.

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

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
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Hi Sara!

Thank you for everything! We had a wonderful time in your 'Beautiful China'. I am sending a few pictures from our stay in Hangzhou and Suzhou. That's me with Daniel in Hangzhou at the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple site, the Impression West Lake Show:-) and Suzhou photos of Sebastian and me at the beautiful and serene Lingering Garden. I wish I could have met you during our trip but I feel that I know you.

The coordination and efficiency of China Tour Guide was excellent. The local guides were prompt and took care of us from start to finish. We didn't experience any problems with the China Tour Guide travel plans. Our only problem was with Air China and our luggage. Our bags were delayed in Beijing and didn't connect with us on our flight to Shanghai. We had to spend our first 2 days in the same clothes we wore on the flight from NY and we were hot. Our bags arrived before we left Shanghai so it all turned out okay.

Here are a few comments about the services you provided: Tour guides and drivers were excellent! All tour guides were very knowledgeable about their locations. We loved meeting people, our tour guides, from the cities we toured.

Hangzhou--Daniel was exceptional, really smart and sweet. Restaurant for lunch wasn't very good and we ordered extra food from the menu. Dinner restaurant was better since we were allowed to order from the menu. Hotel (West Lake Golden Plaza) was nice but the location was not convenient and took a long time in traffic.

Suzhou--Mike was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Suzhou. We had lunch at the silk factory and didn't enjoy the food. We ate in a separate room and Mike helped us order but the restaurant staff wasn't very friendly or helpful.

The train transportation went smoothly and it was a pleasant experience to ride with local people. The most important thing is that we visited the main attractions which was the purpose of our trip. My favorites were the Ling Yin Buddhist Temple park, the Impression West Lake Show and the Lingering Garden.

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Thank you again!

Customer: Mr. Joann

Destinations: Hangzhou - Suzhou

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Vicky was wonderful! Very helpful and she was so nice and patient with our daughters. We would recommend her to others without any hesitation. We had a great time!

Customer:Mr. Cramer

Destinations: Hangzhou

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