Whenever you get a 2-day or 3-day weekend on hand in Shanghai, it is time to go out for Shanghai weekend trip. Explore all the top attractions on this 3-day customized Hangzhou tour package from Shanghai, enjoy boating on the West Lake, appreciate Buddhism culture at Lingyin Temple, learn more about tea culture at Meijiawu Tea Plantation, explore the old alleyways and streets of Wuzhen old town… it's very easy to access by bullet train from Shanghai. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you'll see both authentic local culture and fascinating landscape.
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
The West Lake(including boat cruise on the lake), Guo Garden, China National Tea Museum, Dragon Well Tea Plantation (Meijiawu Tea Village),Six Harmonies Pagoda, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street, Six Harmonies pagoda, Fish Viewing At Flower Pond...
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Pick up service is arranged at your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement) with a welcome signage "Hangzhou Private Tour". Drive you to Shanghai train station to catch the train to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, you'll start the tour directly. One day Hangzhou tour includes the following acctractions:
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First, you will take a west lake boat cruise with your personal tour guide,to explore the famous Hangzhou West Lake-which is one of world UNESCO Sites. West Lake Cruise West Lake is just like an ancient traditional Chinese painting inviting you to step in. Cruising West Lake leisurely, not only enables you to enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake from a difference angle, but also help you fully sense the feelings of ancient Chinese and get a glimpse of modern Hangzhounese.
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.
After that, you will visit the Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang). It is the best existing traditional private residence in Hangzhou, built in late Qing Dynasty. With a mountain in the back and the west lake in the front, the garden is known as "Number One Garden of the West Lake" thanks to its tranquil environment, well-preserved buildings, and tasteful landscaping layout.
Lunch at local restaurant to try the local delicacies (Our local tour guide will give you the best recommendation)
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.
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.
Drive back to your hotel.
After breakfast, first visit the Lingyin Temple: The Lingyin Temple, west of the lake, stands at the foot of the Beigao Peak and faces the Feilai (Peak That Flew Here) Peak across a stream. With many old trees, groves of bamboo, and quiet and beautiful surroundings, the Lingyin Temple is one of the most famous temples south of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River.
Lingyin temple, commonly translated as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat" is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. Despite some damage inflicted by red guards during the Cultural Revolution, the temple and grounds escaped much of the wholesale destruction that other temples in China suffered because of the protection of Premier Zhou Enlai. Today the temple is thriving, though most of the thousands of visitors who come do so for sightseeing and not for religious reasons.
Later, move to Bamboo Lined-Path at Yunqi. Located in the southeast side of downtown Hangzhou, next to the Qiantang River. It is 4.5 km away from the West Lake Scenic Spot. The central area of the Hangzhou CBD (total area 3.29 km2) will serve as Hangzhou’s future business, political and cultural center. Overall development plans include 650m2 of Grade-A offices, hotels, shopping malls and luxury residences. This place will give you a different impression about Hangzhou and show you the future of Hangzhou.
Have 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 )
After lunch, you can take a short walk in the tea village and taste a cup of real Longjing Green Tea. As an important and the largest production base of Longjing Tea in Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Village is the best place for sightseeing, combining farmhouses and tea culture for locals, it is features Quiet, relaxing and refreshing place, full of tea plantation.
Next, visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda, a representative ancient pavilion-style tower in China, located on Yuelun Mountain to the south of the West Lake and facing Qiantang River. It is one of the three renowned pagodas in Hangzhou, together with another two around the West Lake, Baochu Pagoda and Leifeng Pagoda. Because of the height advantage and special location, Liuhe Pagoda is one of the best places to view the splendid Qiantang River Tide.
The last stop is The Song Dynasty Imperial Street: The historic Hefang Old Street, located at the southern end of Yan’an Road and the northern foot of Wu Shan Hill in Hang Zhou, A few hundred meters from the West Lake, you can find the Qinghefang Ancient Street in a 13-hectare area. It is the last classical-style area in downtown Hangzhou, with its own distinct cultural features, including Chinese medicine, tea, local snacks, antiques, folk customs and cultural relics. Qinghefang Ancient Street is one of the oldest streets and is the only well persevered antique historic street in Hangzhou City. It derived from the Southern Song Dynasty and became prosperous in the Qing Dynasty.
Drive back to your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Wuzhen Water Town ( 1 hour). After arriving in Wuzhen, the first stop is The Ancient Bed Museum which is Chinese first themed museum collecting and exhibiting the ancient beds of Jiangnan regions.There are dozens of different beds of Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as the traditional beds in modern times. See the luxurious carvings and elaborate designs on these antique beds and listen as your expert guide shares stories reflecting this unique cultural account of ancient Chinese civilization.
Later on visit the The Folk Custom Museum displays scenes from local ceremonies, including weddings, birthday parties and funerals. The main exhibits in the costume hall of the museum are exquisite ceremonial dresses, which vividly reflect the colorful local culture.
Continue the visit to the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.
Afterwards visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.
After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.
Finally no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride (optional) down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges.
After the tour, drive you to Hangzhou train station and return Shanghai by train. You will be taken back to your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement) once you arrived in Shanghai.
We provide off the beaten track Hangzhou activities as below to enhance your tour experience. You can choose some of them to customize the above tour. Or if time permits, you can add one or two of them in the above itinerary (Only additional entrance fee required. And some are free charge of entrance fee).
Morning Market & Breakfast Experience Cost for Breakfast: within 20RMB Per Person
If your hotel doest not provide breakfast or you are a foodie and want to taste real Hangzhou. This is a great chance to see how Hangzhou wakes up by experiencing the tastes, sounds and local way of life. Get whisked through Hangzhou's old streets, alleys and morning market with our local guide to eat the most authentic breakfast at places we know and you can't find on your own.
Hangzhou Grand Canal Water Bus Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person
Except for the west lake cruise, you can also take an half hour water bus cruise along the famous Grand Canal in Hangzhou to enjoy the canal scenery and visit some local handicraft museumes.It will be a very pleasant and unique trip if you have a try of Hangzhou water bus.
Westlake Sunset Watching at Chenghuang Pavilion Entrance Fee: 40RMB per person
Follow our guide to climb up to the Cheng Huang Pavilion where is the one of the best locations for admiring and photographing the sunset on Westlake.
Local Wet Market Visting Free Charge
Do you want know more about local life? Come with our guide to visit the local wet market. To most locals, wet market is a destination for freshest produce while it is a must-see attraction for a cultural experience to tourists.
Local Family Visiting Free Charge
If you are interested in loca culture and life style, we can arrange local famliy visting to sip famous Longjing tea, learn how to cook local food as well as taste Hangzhou cuisine. Local residents will invite you warmly to experience Hang-style life.
Qianjiang New City Lighting Show Free Charge
Spend the nighttime in Hangzhou for the impressive light show at the Qianjiang New Town,which is like a young lady putting on her evening dress, showing her grace to the public.It is comparable to the night view of the bund in Shanghai. (Light Show avaiable on Tue. Fri. Sat.)
Impression West Lake Show Entrance Fee: 360RMB/400RMB Per Ticket (Normal/Vip Seat)
If you are looking for an evening activity after a day of sightseeing in Hangzhou, there is no better option than the Impression West Lake show.It illustrates the beauty of the surrounding nature of West Lake, as well as the symmetry of a life filled with love.
Authentic Local Markets Shopping Experience Free Charge
You may really want to buy something or just expect to hang out shopping area or experience bargain fun like a local. This tour option will be your perfect choice! You will go to see the local shopping mall, local retail market or the whole-sale market, feel what means bustling.
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