Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai
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- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Lunch included
- All entrance fees included
- Led by a local guide
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
During the drive, your guide introduces you to the rich history and culture of Hangzhou, which dates back more than 2,000 years.
When you arrive in Hangzhou, start at the renowned Six Harmonies Pagoda (Liuhe Pagoda), a masterpiece of Chinese architecture. The towering 196 foot (60 meter) octagonal pagoda overlooks the Qiantang River, and inside a spiral staircase ascends to the top of the seven story building, providing sweeping views of the lush surroundings. Next to the pagoda, visit a small museum with replicas of various ancient Chinese pagoda styles.
Continue to Meijiawu Tea Village, located in the rural foothills of the West Lake district. The village showcases one of the finest tea varieties in the world, Xihu Longjing Tea, aka Dragon Well Tea, and Meijiawu is said to grow the best Longjing tea. During your visit, experience the art of a traditional tea ceremony and gain insight into this important part of Chinese culture.
Afterward have lunch, then drive over to West Lake, an expansive lake surrounded by gardens, pagodas, temples and mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage site, West Lake has inspired artists and influenced garden design in China, Japan and Korea over the centuries.
Board a boat for a cruise on the lake that ends at Flower Harbor. Disembark and stroll around the lush gardens and Red Carp Pond, where multitudes of fish swim frenetically, creating a contrast to the serene forest surroundings.
If time allows, your guide takes you to a scenic area called 9 Creeks and 18 Gullies. Walk along a path that passes picturesque tea plantations on terraced hills, streams, waterfalls, and quaint rest stops such as a pond with small pavilion and tea house.
Throughout the day, your guide shares fascinating details about Hangzhou's long history and cultural significance. In the late afternoon, relax during the return drive to Shanghai, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Tour departs from your nominated Shanghai hotel. Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Tour returns to your Shanghai hotel.
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Hangzhou - Heaven on Earth Day Trip from Shanghai
- West Lake Cruise
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Local guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Reviewed by: Hayley K, September 2015
Excellent tour. Very beautiful lake, boat tour was stunning, pagoda was interesting and miss joy was very informative. Would be good if the tour was slightly longer as its a 3 hour drive each way but worthwhile nonetheless.
Reviewed by: Jennifer M, USA, September 2015
The lake in Hangzhou is very beautiful and on the day I was there it was misty and gave the impression of a Chinese painting. The tour was well-designed, and the travel agency you use is excellent with very well-informed guides and very safe drivers. The only downside is the long time sitting in a bus - it takes 3 hours there and 3 hours back.