Travel from Shanghai to Hangzhou with our private guide for a fantastic Weekend Getaway. When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century he declared that "it is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world". And Hangzhou remains this charm till today. Contrasting to the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring Shanghai, Hangzhou is well-known for its extraordinary beauty and elegance. Book this 2-Day Hangzhou Highlights Package Tour from Shanghai to take a break for some fresh air and a much needed change of scenery.
Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night
The West Lake(including boat cruise on the lake),Guo‘s Garden,China National Tea Museum,Dragon Well Tea Plantation (Meijiawu Tea Village),Leifeng Pagoda,The Song Dynasty Imperial Street, Fish Viewing At Flower Pond,Lingyin Temple
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In the morning, your Shanghai driver will pick you up at your Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement) and drive you to the train station for your train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, you guide will pick you up at the exit of the train station with a welcome signage "Hangzhou Private Tour".
Our pick up sign" Hangzhou Private Tour"
Firstly, spend the peaceful and less-crowded morning time to visit the iconic and World Heritage site of Hangzhou – the picturesque West Lake(Boat ride on westlake included). Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo did and wrote: “A voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and pleasure than any other experience on earth”, you will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens.
After that, visit the Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond(Huagang Park). This spot is located at the southern end of Su Causeway. A clean stream flows from Huajia Hill to join West Lake here, and many flowers grow where the fresh water flows in, so it called "Flowery Harbor". This area now has been made into a 22 hectare (54 acre) park with many varieties of trees and flowers, featuring a peony garden which blooms in April and a goldfish pond which is the famous site for viewing fish.
Continue your visit to the Leifeng Pagoda. Leifeng Pagoda as an important cultural and historic attraction in the West Lake Scenic Area is quite familiar and well-known both in Chinese folk culture and Chinese literature history.Leifeng Pagoda is one of the ten sights of the West Lake because of the Legend of the White Snake.The legend was existed as oral traditions long before any written compilation.It has since become a major subject of several Chinese opera, films and TV series. Standing on the top of the pagoda,you can appreciate the nearby Jingci Temple, enjoy the landscapes of West Lake, and even see the city of Hangzhou from a distance.
Your lunch will be arranged at the local restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals. (At your own expense or ask your guide to recommend some other restaurants if you have special dietary needs.)
After lunch, visit the China National Tea Museum. China is the birthplace of tea with the longest history of tea culture. Today tea culture is a bright pearl in traditional Oriental culture.China National Tea Museum is the only museum themed with tea and tea culture in China mainland, so you can know about the culture and history of tea in China, admire exhibits about tea,sample tea,learn tea art, and enjoy pleasing scenery of tea plantations.
Later, drive to the Guo Garden: Completed in 1861, this elegant garden villa was built as a private retreat for a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant. Guo's Villa is a fine example of Chinese aesthetics in which the manmade and natural blend in harmonious balance.The Villa opened to the public in 1991, after being restored. It faces Spring Dawn, by the Sudi Causeway which crosses the West Lake, and has a distant view of the serene Southern Screen Hill and the Baochu Pagoda. The villa has two sections (1) Living in Quietness, where the owner lived (2) the Sky in the Mirror garden, with a pond surrounded by roofed corridors (lang), bridges, rockwork, trees and flowers.
After dinner, drive to watch the Impression Westlake Show at the Yue Lake Area. 'Enduring Memories of Hangzhou', formerly called 'Impression West Lake', is a large on-water live-action performance featuring a symphony orchestra and dazzling natural night scenes. It was firstly performed for G-20 leaders in the West Lake Scenic Area of Hangzhou, China during the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the man behind the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympics, the fabulous performance contains symphony, dance, Shaoxing opera, ensemble of Chinese zither and violoncello, piano solo... The stage is 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) beneath the lake's surface.
Drive back to your hotel in Hangzhou.
After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel lobby. Today your exciting tour will start with Lingyin Temple: Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancientBuddhist temples in China. It also houses various Buddhist literature and treasures situated in front of the Temple, and is famous for its more than 470 stone carvings of Buddhist figures, which dated from the 10th to 14th centuries.
After walking across the Aman Fayun Village, drive to a village in the mountain side, our guide will pick a nice place for you for lunch! (At your own expense or ask your guide to recommend some other restaurants if you have special dietary needs.)
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Lunch at the local Tea Farmer's House to try the local delicacies
Enjoy your Lunch at the restaurant popular with the local people to stay away from the tourists' meals.( In china, do not go to the tourists's restaurants when you are on a tour. You shold go to the right place to have the meals, then you are in real china ). We give you the meal options as below:
1) Lunch at Local Tea Farmer's Tea House to know the real life of the local people: And we also can organize tea farmers teach you how to prepare, cook local delicaies if you want to. You can learn how to cook: Beger's Chicken, Westlake carp in vinegar source (Do not be scared, no bones!!! Aha), Lotus root, bamboo shoot...and other many tasty vegetables )
2) At the local restaurants which are popular with local people, such as Grandma's Kitchen, Green Tea Restaurants...And also fancy ones as well, 28 Hubin Road(Top 50 Best in Asia, Jinsha Restaurant in Four Seasons Hotel. We are the local, we are the sources. We know many excellent restaurants even not listed on Lonely Planet and some other travel guides.
After lunch, drive to Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important tea production basis. Here you are in an original natural environment, just relax your feelings and enjoy the special tea culture, taste the fragrant tea while appreciating the beautiful village scenery.
Later, move to Bamboo lined path at Yunqi: The forest is breathtaking. It really makes you realise how insignificant you are when you stand next to the bamboo trees towering way above you. You are surprised at how hard the bamboo actually was - no wonder Asian builders use it as scaffolding! The thing really liked about the bamboo forest is the light - even though the forest was dense, it still seemed really light and crisp, because of the fact the bamboo's all green (not like normal trees where the trunk is dark brown). It gives the forest a totally different vibe, hard to explain but it was just fascinating.
The last stop is The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: Has been renamed Zhongshanlu Beiduan, but still leads to the Palace of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127AD). The road that stretches 400 meters (1,310ft) is lined with snack bars that offer local delicacies and shops that sell antiques, embroidered items and silks among others.
Drive you to the Hangzhou railway station to catch your train to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be taken back to your Shanghai hotel (based on your requirement) .
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