Experience the best of Hangzhou and Qiandao Lake in this 3-day tour that combines culture, nature, and history. You will visit the famous Buddhist sites of Feilai Peak and Lingyin Temple, learn about the tea culture of Meijiawu Tea Village, and explore the historical and cultural street of Hefang Street. What’s more, you can also experience the tranquil beauty of Qiandao Lake through a scenic cruise, revealing its crystal-clear waters and myriad islands, each with its unique story. The tour culminates at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake, offering enchanting views and a taste of Hangzhou cuisine.
2. Experience the tea culture of Hangzhou at Meijiawu Tea Village, where you can pick, brew, and taste the famous Longjing tea.
3. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Qiandao Lake on a scenic cruise, marveling at its crystal-clear waters and discovering the allure of over a thousand islands.
4. Explore the rich cultural tapestry of Hangzhou with visits to Feilai Peak and Lingyin Temple, revealing intricate Buddhist grottoes and ancient halls.
- Day 1: Arrival in Hangzhou & Exploration of Qiandao Lake (L)Feilai Peak, Lingyin Temple, Meijiawu Tea Village, Hefang Street
Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in Hangzhou, airport, or railway station by your local guide and driver. Your first stop is Feilai Peak, a limestone mountain famous for Buddhist grottoes and statues. Marvel at the intricate carvings and hear the fascinating legends behind them.
Next, head to Lingyin Temple, one of China's renowned temples. Explore its ancient halls, pagodas, and gardens, soaking in the serene atmosphere of this sacred site.
Continue your journey to Meijiawu Tea Village, a charming spot to experience Hangzhou's authentic tea culture. Visit a local tea farmer's house, learn the art of picking and brewing Longjing tea, and enjoy a delightful lunch featuring tea-infused dishes.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll along Hefang Street, a historical and cultural street showcasing traditional crafts, snacks, and folk customs. Visit Hu Qing Yu Tang, a well-preserved traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy, to see exhibits of ancient medical instruments and herbs.
After the tour, drive to your hotel near Qiandao Lake for check-in.
Accommodation: Near Qiandao Lake
- Day 2: Qiandao Lake Sightseeing & Exploration (B, L)Qiandao Lake, Southeast Lake area
Start your Qiandao Lake adventure after breakfast. Begin with a scenic cruise in the Southeast Lake area, known for its 19 picturesque islands, making it the most enchanting part of the lake. Revel in the breathtaking views of crystal-clear water, lush green hills, and charming islets. Discover some key highlights, including:
Huangshanjian: Scale the highest point of Qiandao Lake on this island, offering a panoramic view of the lake and its surroundings. Ascend via stairs or opt for a comfortable cable car ride. Along the way, encounter ancient stone carvings and inscriptions.
Monkey Island: Encounter the friendly and curious residents of this island – hundreds of macaques. Engage with these playful creatures by feeding them and observing their amusing antics. Enjoy entertaining shows featuring the monkeys, creating memorable moments on Monkey Island.
Bird Island: A haven for bird enthusiasts, this island boasts a diverse array of avian residents, including peacocks, swans, cranes, and parrots. Admire their beauty, listen to their melodious songs, and capture stunning photos with these feathered companions.
Lock Island: A romantic destination where couples symbolize their love by attaching a padlock and tossing the key into the lake. Explore the island's museum, showcasing thousands of locks from various countries and cultures, adding a touch of global romance.
Conclude the cruise with lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the specialty of Qiandao Lake - milky white fish head soup, crafted from the lake's fresh and tender fish.
Following the visit, return to Hangzhou for an overnight stay. Take the evening to unwind at your hotel or explore the city at your own pace.
Accommodation: In Hangzhou
- Day 3: Hangzhou Exploration & Departure (B, L)West Lake
After breakfast, visit West Lake, Hangzhou's iconic gem, after a hearty breakfast. Embark on a scenic cruise, treating yourself to diverse perspectives of the lake and its renowned attractions:
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon: Arguably West Lake's most famous sight, it graces the one yuan banknote. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, candles illuminate each of the three pagodas on the water, creating a stunning reflection on the lake.
Leifeng Pagoda: Marvel at the oldest colorful bronze pagoda in China, offering panoramic views of West Lake, particularly enchanting during sunset. Capture the picturesque scene, making it an ideal spot for photography enthusiasts.
Su Causeway: Among the "Ten Scenic Sites of West Lake," this long causeway boasts willow trees and other flora on both sides. In spring, peach blossoms and weeping willow catkins blanket the causeway, creating a charming and picturesque scene.
Stroll along the lakeshore, immersing yourself in the natural beauty and cultural charm of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After the cruise, indulge in a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, relishing Hangzhou cuisine like Dongpo pork, beggar’s chicken, and lotus root stuffed with glutinous rice.
Following the tour, a convenient transfer awaits to take you to the airport or railway station for your departure. Your enriching 3-day Hangzhou and Qiandao Lake tour concludes here. Wishing you a delightful and safe journey home!