1. Admire Buddhist art and architecture at Lingyin Temple and Flying Peak.
2. Enjoy a cup of tea and learn tea ceremony at Meijiawu Tea Plantation.
3. Take a leisure cruise on West Lake.
4. Step into a well-preserved private garden, Guo's Garden, which features lake view.
5. Lean Chinese medicine at Huqingyutang Pharmacy.
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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. The afternoon time is dedicated to the sights of Lingyin Temple, Flying Peak and Meijiawu Tea Plantation.
Located in the northwest of Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple is one of the main Buddhist temples in China with numerous centuries-old stone carvings and pagodas. The Flying Peak stands next to the temple in unique shape. The rocks feature hundreds of carvings. Many of the Buddhas (some contained within caves) are enduring art of Buddhism in the area.
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.
Back to the city in the late afternoon. Evening time will be leisure on your own or enjoy a show called enduring Hangzhou (optional).
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.
Our last stop is Huqingyutang Pharmacy, on the Qinghefang Street not far from the lake area. Founded in 1864, Huqingyutang is one of the two most famous traditional Chinese medicine stores in China. 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 tour ends, transfer to airport/train station for your departure transport.
a) All sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
b) Ground transfers with air-conditioned vehicle (car, minibus or coach depending on the size of your group)
c) Lunches (as specific) at local restaurants with a cup of soft drink per meal.
d) Hotel accommodations with breakfast (based on double occupancy).
e) Local licensed & experienced English-speaking guide.
f) Accident insurance during your travel.
a) Chinese visa.
b) Transport to and from China.
c) Tips to driver and tour guide.
d) Personal expenses.
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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