Hangzhou is both ancient and modern, it has its distict charm. Tens of millions of tourists visit Hangzhou each year. Book this three-day private flexible tour, you can beat the tickets lines at each attraction and save yourseld a world of transport hassels. This tour is composed of the essences of this city, accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you'll visit West Lake (The landmark of Hangzhou), Lingyin Temple (Oldest & biggest temple in southerneast China), Longjing Tea Village with tea plantation, beautiful Guo Garden and tranwuil Wuzhen Water Town, etc. You'll not only get an insignt to the rich history and culture of Hangzhou, but learn about old Hangzhou people's life.
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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Our local hangzhou tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Hangzhou or the Hangzhou train station with a welcome sign" Hangzhou Private Tour", then starts the Hangzhou tour as below:
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First, take a boat cruise in the westlake, The Westlake Hangzhou (including boat cruise on westlake): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. On the boat you can see one of theTen Best Views of West Lake--Three Pools Mirroring the Moon.The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.
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.
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 (Guō Zhuāng, 郭庄) 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.
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, the first stop for today is the Lingyin Temple: Lingyin temple, commonly translated as "Temple of the Soul's Retreat" is one of the largest and wealthiest temples in China. It was originally founded in 326 AD, but has been rebuilt no less than sixteen times since then. Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist 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.
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.
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, move to the Meijiawu Tea Plantation: Drogon Well Tea (simplified Chinese: 龙井茶; traditional Chinese: 龍井茶; pinyin: lóngjǐng chá), also known as Longjing tea, is a variety of roasted green tea from Hangzhou where it is produced mostly by hand and has been renowned for its high quality, earning the China Famous Tea title. Meijiawu Tea village is seated at the hinterland of West Lake Park and it boasts the most important Dragon 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. And our guide or Tea Farmer will show you how to pick the leaves, how to fry the leaves and how to drink the best tea in China.
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: 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.
After the tour, our tour guide and driver will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou.
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 your boat ride take a walk around the town and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou or the Hangzhou Train Station and your tour ends.
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Duration：5 - 6 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：Wuzhen Water Town
Tour Style：Expected to enjoy a local culture and life experience trip on this full-day guided Wuzhen water town from Hangzhou. Wuzhen is one of top six famous ancient towns in China, it's full of classic bridges, canals and elegant residences in the Jiangnan style. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, you canstroll along the stab-stone path, explore its ancient appearance with houses made of black bricks and gray tiles contrasting sharply with the white walls, it will make you feel that you are in the Chinese ink wash drawing. Taking an awning boat for getting an insight of the charm of the ancient town is an fantastic experience.
Attractions(Cities)：Xitang Water Town
Tour Style：110 kilometers away from Hangzhou (about 2 hours'drive). Xitang is a living ancient town with a history more than one thousand years and also the birthplace of Wu and Yue culture. The old Chinese architecture contrasted with the natural beauty of its surroundings is what makes Xitang a pleasure of a place. Explore this completely different world from Hangzhou with our local private guide.
Attractions(Cities)：Nanxun Water Town
Tour Style：Nanxun Water Town shares the typical features of other southern water towns: arched bridges, canals, narrow lanes, and old houses. Silk was the product which brought enormous fortune to merchants in the town. If you're longing for the magic of ancient China, take a trip to Nanxun water town back in time from Hangzhou on this private one day tour.
Attractions(Cities)：Nanxun Water Town,Little Lotus Garden,Baijianlou,Liu's Family Compound,Zhangshiming's Former Residence,Wedding Performance on the Water
Tour Style：Book a day trips from Hangzhou to Nanxun water town, you can enjoy exploring the old alleyways and streets of this unique place. Picked as No.1 water town to visit with westerners, Nanxun is very different with other towns for views. The well-preserved traditional buildings and picturesque scenery make it special and lovable. The buildings with white walls and gray roofs stretch along the ancient canal which divides the town into two parts.
Attractions(Cities)：Tongli Water Town
Tour Style：Tongli Water Town is located on the southern outskirts of Suzhou and about one and half hours drive from Hangzhou or 1 hour by train. Tongli is famous all over the world as a water town to the south of the Yangtze River. Its rivers, streets, bridges, civil residences, and gardens are integrated perfectly as one, earning it the name of "the Oriental Venice". Explore one of China`s most cherished water towns on this exciting day tour from Hangzhou, a private tour for your family or your friends exclusively.
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