1. Take a leisure cruise on West Lake.
2. Step into a well-preserved private garden, Guo’s Garden, which features lake view.
3. Enjoy a cup of tea and learn tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Plantation.
4. Learn Chinese medicine at Huqingyutang Pharmacy.
5. Visit many spots in Wuzhen Town and enjoy boat ride on the winding waterways.
Best travel season
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
On arrival, guide will meet you at Hangzhou airport (or train station) with your name sign and takes you directly to the hotel (or tourist sites) by air-conditioned vehicle.
To make most of the day, we will visit some spots conveniently located in the city center. Our first stop is Huqingyutang Pharmacy which is one of the two most famous traditional Chinese medicine stores in China, founded in 1864. This century-old medicine store is still an active pharmacy, devoting to the production of traditional medicine. Here you can view very informative presentation of various herbs, flowers, minerals and animals used in the medicine, talk to doctors/pharmacists, or just watch them preparing medicine.
When out of the pharmacy, we spend some leisurely time at Hefang Street. It is a busy but interesting street, with many restored ancient buildings and decades-old shops. It is a good place to try some snacks.
Evening hours will be free or enjoy optional show of Enduring West Lake.
Tips: if you arrive early than lunch hours, a visit of Lingyin Temple can be added in.
We start the visit from West Lake which is considered as the soul of Hangzhou. It has been an inspiring place from ancient times for Chinese poems, painters and garden designers. In the 5.6 square kilometers lake area, there are more than 100 scenic spots and relics including temples, pagodas, museums, gardens and bridges. We will take a walk along parts of the willow-lined banks and boat on the lake to enjoy the mist-covered hills.
Located by the West Lake, Guo’s Garden (Guo’s villa) is a truly hidden gem. It is the best existing traditional private residence in Hangzhou, on the same level as those classic Suzhou gardens. Rockeries, trees, ponds, pavilions and garden are carefully designed to create a feeling of tranquility and close connection to nature.
After lunch, we pay visit to Meijiawu Tea Plantation. Tea culture is one the prominent parts of Hangzhou culture. And Meijiawu is a good place to experience all from picking tea to tea ceremony. This 600-year old village with more than 500 households has been a famous production base of Longjing Tea since 1950s and received many world-renowned celebrities.
Today we leave Hangzhou and drive 1.5 hours also to the ancient water town, Wuzhen. Like other water towns in the area, it is well planned and designed with old houses, waterways, paved streets and stone bridges. What makes it impressive is the profound history and culture that is vividly represented to visitors via the many mini museums, shops and sculptures. The main tourist area is split in two - a West Scenic Area and an East Scenic Area about a kilometer apart. We will first spend 2-3 hours in the east part to appreciate the authentic architectures, some interesting shops and museums like textile dying exhibit. After lunch we move to the west part and take a slow-pace boating trip winding through house-lined village. Simply amazing views! And don’t miss the night when the village is beautifully lit up.
Transfer back to Hangzhou for your flight to next destination or to the Bullet Train station in the township. There are many regular trains heading to Shanghai or Yellow Mountain direction. Those are the most preferred destinations after tour to Wuzhen.
All sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
Ground transfers with air-conditioned vehicle (car, minibus or coach depending on the size of your group)
Lunches (as specific) at local restaurants with a cup of soft drink per meal.
Hotel accommodations with breakfast (based on double occupancy).
Local licensed & experienced English-speaking guide.
Accident insurance during your travel in China.
Transport to and from China.
Tips to driver and tour guide.
Wuzhen is not very disabled friendly as there are many small but steep bridges to walk over.
15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price.
2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price.
Within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price.
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
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