Day 1 – Arriving in Hangzhou (-/-/-)
Hotel – Ramada Plaza Haihua Hangzhou (Four Stars)
In the morning, upon your arrival in Hangzhou, our tour guide and driver meet you at the exit zone of the Xiaoshan International Airport, Railway Station, East Railway Station or bus station (the specific transportation terminal should be informed ahead of time, and then we could well arrange the pick-up and drop-off service), and then move to the hotel in the downtown Hangzhou. There are no other activities in the morning, and lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, take a break after lunch, and then the driver and guide will meet you at the appointed place (generally at the lobby of the hotel), and starts today’s trip. We firstly travel to the Museum of Zhejiang Province, to learn about the basic information about Hangzhou and its history and culture. Afterwards, enjoy a private and independent family boat tour on the West Lake to view more about this world cultural heritage site. After landing, we head to Xiling Society of Seal Arts to learn the unique culture of stone or metal engraving art popular with the traditional scholars or the elites of China. And then, we walk to Baopu Taoist Temple to touch the mysterious culture of Taoism. If we are lucky enough, we will also enjoy a lecture about Taoism history with a Taoist music playing over here.
In the evening, the supper on your own, and we transfer to the venue of the Impression West Lake to enjoy a grand outdoor performance about the romance and legends of the West Lake. This is the most famous night show in East China, and gets the high comment of the audiences.
Day 2 – Traveling in Hangzhou (B/L/-)
Hotel – Ramada Plaza Haihua Hangzhou (Four Stars)
Thanks to the advantageous location of the hotel (No.298 Qingchun Road, Hangzhou 310006, China) , in the morning, take a free and slow walk along the lakeside of the Hubin Scenic Area with your kids and darling, to view the fantastic and dreamlike sight of the West Lake and enjoy an amazing scene of the morning exercise by many senior people, or the morning dancing and singing. They are smiling, laughing, joyful and energetic like the morning birds joyfully jumping and chirping in the forest to welcome the sunrise. If you are willing, join in them together.
After breakfast at hotel, we will take a cycling tour around the West Lake. Ride along the Beishan Road, Bai Causeway, Su Causeway, Nanshan Road and then end at the gate of Southern Song Guan Kiln Museum, which is a themed museum displaying the blue and white porcelain. The rare and treasured ceramics are made in Hangzhou in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), and there is a permanent exhibition about the glory and culture of the Southern Song Dynasty, a booming period of ancient China centering in Hangzhou. We will spend some time visiting here. After that, we move to Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum, a hotspot to learn the history, culture and kinds of cuisines in Hangzhou. If you have interest in how to cook, just try to watch every step that the chef professionally shows. Lunch will be arranged here, and the dishes that the chef cooked will be on your table.
In the afternoon, after Lunch, we take a break, and then continue the trip – Yuhuang Hill Trekking, which starts from the Eight Diagrams Farmland, a historical heritage site that ancient emperors had to do farming to encourage the people to engage in agriculture, and then enter the scenic area of Yuhuang Hill, and it is famous as a site called Flying Clouds over Jade Emperor Hill (玉皇飞云), which is one of ten newest tourist sites of the West Lake Scenic Area. The mountainous path is steep and narrow, so be careful on the way to the top of the hill. At the hillside, there is a historical site called Zilai Cave, and we can be there to have a panoramic look at the Eight Diagrams Farmland. Through a field of bamboo forest, we arrive at the top of the hill, which is a Taoist temple named Fuxing Taoist Temple. During the climbing time, we also visits many cultural sites like the Buddhist Statues of the Ciyun Peak, Flying Dragon Cave, Seven Stars Vat and the historical stone inscription of the Five Dynasties.
After getting down the hill, return to your hotel.
Day 3 – Departing from Hangzhou (B/L/-)
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Today’s trip could be summarized into a short sentence – the Oneness of Zen and Tea.
In the morning, after the breakfast, we go to Lingyin Temple (including the Feilai Peak) to feel the power and influence of Zen culture. Lingyin Temple is the most famous Zen monastery in East China with many famous stories related to the Monk Ji Gong, and the whole layout and structure of the temple represent the mainstream of the architectural style in Buddhist temple building complex. The indoor statues of the Buddha strictly follow the requirements of the Buddhism for thousands of years without any change, even during the Cultural Revolution. The Feilai Peak is the highlight of the Lingyin Temple, it typically shows the quintessence of the Buddhist arts, and it has been preserved well for thousands of years.
Afterwards, we go to Longjing Tea Plantation to touch the splendid world of the tea. The excellent natural environment, the nice plantation and the special tea-picking experience (also inclusive of the taste and tea ceremony) will give you an unforgettable memory in Hangzhou.
If you feel it is not enough to know the tea, let’s go to China National Tea Museum, in which you will touch all-inclusive aspects of the tea such as the tea history, culture, tea tools, teapots, tea ceremony, celebrities related to the tea, and so on. And the lunch will be arranged in this green world, nice local food, nice green tea and nice local people will give you a long remembrance about Hangzhou.
In the afternoon, the whole trip will end with your departure from airport, railway station or bus station. Best wishes to you, and look forward to serving you in your next trip to Hangzhou.
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