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Tour Overview

The 2-day Hangzhou Tour from Shanghai will take you to explore Hangzhou’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as West Lake, Guo’s Villa, and Lingyin Temple. Indulge in local Hangzhou cuisine and savor the famous Longjing tea. Traverse the Grand Canal’s historic blocks, stroll through the serene Bamboo Forest, and marvel at the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Immerse yourself in art and culture at Tianmushan Creative Area. An unforgettable blend of nature, history, and culinary delights awaits.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Admire the scenic beauty of West Lake, stroll along the promenades, and soak in the serene atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Marvel at Lingyin Temple’s ancient Buddhist sculptures, carvings, and rich history.
3. Discover the famous Longjing tea at a nearby plantation, enjoy a tea-tasting experience, and learn about the tea-making process.
4. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling morning market, interact with local vendors, and learn about fresh produce and local products.
5. Explore the historic blocks along the Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing Hangzhou’s cultural heritage.
6. Experience the tranquility of the Bamboo Forest with its lush groves and winding paths.
7. Visit the impressive Six Harmonies Pagoda for its architecture and panoramic views of the Qiantang River.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport or Hangzhou Railway Station, you will be warmly greeted by your local tour guide and driver who will be accompanying you throughout the day.

    The first highlight of the day is the iconic West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of China's most beloved natural treasures. This picturesque lake is famous for its scenic beauty, with its calm waters, lush greenery, and beautiful pagodas. You'll have the opportunity to stroll along the lake's promenade, take in the serene atmosphere, and capture memorable photos.

    Hangzhou West Lake Boat Trip
    West Lake Boat Trip

    After spending time at West Lake, proceed to Guo's Villa, a magnificent garden complex that showcases traditional Chinese architecture and landscaping. As you stroll through its ornate pavilions, intricate rock formations, and serene ponds, you'll feel transported to a bygone era of elegance and refinement.

    Next, venture to Lingyin Temple, a sacred Buddhist temple nestled at the foot of lush mountains. Explore the temple grounds, adorned with ancient statues, colorful prayer flags, and peaceful meditation halls. Marvel at the elaborate carvings on the cliffs and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this revered site.

    By now, you may have worked up an appetite, and Hangzhou's cuisine awaits you. Your guide will take you to a nearby restaurant where you can indulge in local specialties. Sample Dongpo Pork, a sumptuous braised pork dish with rich flavors, and savor the succulent Beggar's Chicken, a delicacy wrapped in lotus leaves and baked to perfection. The restaurant will offer you a true taste of Hangzhou's culinary heritage (at your own expense).

    Hangzhou Food - Dongpo Pork
    Hangzhou Food - Dongpo Pork

    In the afternoon, embark on a visit to a tea plantation, located on the outskirts of Hangzhou. Learn about the renowned Longjing tea, aka Dragon Well tea, famous for its delicate taste and health benefits. Engage in a tea-tasting experience, where you'll have the opportunity to savor different varieties of Longjing tea while learning about the art of tea appreciation. Additionally, you'll gain insights into the traditional tea-making process, from harvesting the leaves to the intricate steps of tea preparation.

    Hangzhou Tea Plantation
    Hangzhou Tea Plantation

    As the afternoon continues, make your way to Chenghuang Pavilion, a historic landmark perched on a hilltop. From the pavilion, you'll enjoy panoramic views of Hangzhou's skyline, including the picturesque West Lake. Capture the scenic beauty through your lens or simply take a moment to soak in the breathtaking vistas.

    Finally, conclude your day's exploration by heading to Hefang Street, a lively pedestrian street teeming with local shops, street vendors, and traditional architecture. As you stroll along this vibrant street, you'll encounter various cultural treasures, from handmade crafts and local snacks to traditional Chinese medicines and unique souvenirs. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, interact with friendly locals, and perhaps even enjoy a traditional performance or two.

    Accommodation: in a Local 4-star Hotel

  2. After a comfortable night's sleep and a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you'll embark on another exciting day of exploration in Hangzhou.

    First, venture to a bustling morning market in Hangzhou, where locals gather to purchase fresh produce and essential goods. Observe their daily routines as they negotiate prices, select the best ingredients, and exchange friendly banter. Engage in conversations with the vendors and learn about the diverse array of fruits, vegetables, meats, and spices available. It's a vibrant and authentic way to start your day and gain insights into the local culture.

    After experiencing the market, proceed to the historic blocks along the Grand Canal. This ancient waterway played a significant role in the city's history and served as a crucial trade route during imperial times. As you wander through the well-preserved sections, admire the traditional architecture, stone bridges, and quaint alleys that showcase Hangzhou's cultural heritage. Your guide will share stories and anecdotes, bringing the area's history to life.

    Hangzhou Grand Canal
    Hangzhou Grand Canal

    Next, venture to the enchanting Bamboo Forest, a natural oasis that provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city. As you enter the forest, you'll be greeted by the soothing rustle of bamboo leaves and the ethereal ambiance. Take a leisurely walk along the winding pathways, surrounded by towering bamboo stalks that create a serene and picturesque atmosphere. Capture the beauty of this unique ecosystem and immerse yourself in nature's embrace.

    Hangzhou Bamboo Forest
    Bamboo Forest

    Afterwards, make your way to the Six Harmonies Pagoda, an architectural marvel that stands tall on the banks of the Qiantang River. Climb the pagoda's multiple levels to enjoy panoramic views of the river, bridges, and surrounding landscapes. Delve into the history and symbolism behind the pagoda, and appreciate the intricate carvings and ornate decorations that adorn its structure.

    Conclude your exploration with a visit to the Tianmushan Creative Area, a vibrant district that celebrates art, creativity, and craftsmanship. Discover art galleries showcasing contemporary and traditional works, browse through boutique shops offering unique handcrafted items, and engage with local artisans as they demonstrate their skills. The area also boasts trendy cafes and restaurants where you can savor a delicious meal or relax with a cup of coffee.

    Finally, your guide will escort you to the airport or railway station, where you will board a flight or high-speed train to your next destination or return home.

    Accommodation: N/A

    Hangzhou Six Harmonies Pagoda
    Six Harmonies Pagoda

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2399 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 1-night accommodation in a well-selected hotel;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to Shanghai / off Hangzhou;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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